Category Archives: Special Events

Come out for our ‘Hood Hunt

Crown Hill 'hood hunt

NOTE: this is now over, please visit the Wrap Up article for the event.

The Crown Hill ‘Hood Hunt is a map-based scavenger hunt with checkpoints that you must find using a map that has no street names. Use your map reading skills to keep track of where you are.

Here’s how it works: Come to the Crown Hill Center at 10 a.m., get a map and question sheet. The map covers about a square mile and contains twenty-five checkpoints from 85th Street to 100th Street. Find as many checkpoints as you can on foot in 75 minutes, and return to the finish. There are no items to “scavenge”, only a question to answer about something you will see at each checkpoint. Afterward, participants will gather for refreshments and share routes, stories, and answers.

You can go solo, or with a team of friends and family. It’s a great event for people who like to walk or jog and it’s a way to get to know your neighborhood and neighbors.

Prizes donated by Swanson’s Nursery and Holy Grounds Coffee Shop will be awarded to the top scoring finishers.

Start and Finish at the Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW
$5 donation per team requested, but not required

Crown Hill Neighbors Annual General Meeting, May 15th 2010

Crown Hill Neighbors will be holding its annual general meeting this year on Saturday, May 15th. A dynamic program is planned. We’ll start with about 30 minutes of updates on neighborhood topics such as:

  • Crown Hill Park
  • Holman Road Median
  • Landmark Tree Survey
  • Crown Hill Center (former school) facility improvements and changes planned
  • Public safety

Then the well-known neighborhood activist, Jim Diers, will fire us up with his energy and ideas. Many people recall that Jim Diers was instrumental in the Neighborhood Small and Simple Grants program, developing the neighborhood plans for Seattle, and putting Seattle in the forefront of empowering neighborhoods to create local color and local amenities.

9250 14th Ave NW
10 a.m. to Noon for essential neighborhood updates and presentation

Noon – 2:30 PM for “neighbor power” workshop

Here’s the publicity flyer for the event! Take a look because it gives you a little more information and context for what’s going to happen on Saturday. (click on the image to make it large  enough to read).

annual meeting flyer

Earth Day 2010 in Crown Hill

Crown Hill neighbors are urged to join the Earth Day event on April 17 in our neighborhood. Carkeek Park is setting up teams that will fan out on our streets surrounding the park and do three things: (1) stencil on storm drains the caution about dumping waste, (2) distribute one-page flyers to homes regarding pet waste, and (3) pick up trash along roadways and in public spaces.

What’s up with stenciling drains? There are over 100 storm drains in the Piper’s Creek watershed that send stormwater through the Park and into Puget Sound. Runoff from roads and gutters contributes lots of gunk to Puget Sound every year. Studies show that marking storm drains with the message “Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream” doubles community awareness.

Come to the Park’s Environmental Education Center at 8:30 a.m. to get matched up with a 3-5 person team, pick up supplies, and get your assignment of streets to cover. Just a few hours of work, then an Earth Day celebration with pizza at noon.  Bring work gloves and remember to dress for all sorts of weather.

It is helpful if you register in advance by calling 386-9154 to help Park staff figure appropriate numbers of stencils, trash bags, etc.

Haiti Relief Music Concert, Feb. 11th 2010

FAST RELIEF: An All-Star Acoustic Concert For Haiti

Featuring Northwest music luminaries Brian Butler, the Canote Brothers, Mark Graham, Jo Miller, Del Rey, Kim Scanlon, Linda Waterfall, and the Fast Relief Ramblers with Paul Anastasio on fiddle and Cary Black on bass. Fabulous mystery guest stars as well. Host and MC, Joe Vinikow.

All proceeds will provide urgently needed supplies to support the Haiti field deployment of Dr. Kathy Jobe and her colleagues at the Seattle/King County Disaster Team, to provide emergency medical care for victims of the recent catastrophic earthquake.

The concert will be held 7pm Thursday, February 11th, at the North Seattle Community College Concert Hall, located just west of I-5 in Seattle’s Northgate district, at College Way North. and North 97th Street. A map link is here:

Suggested donation is $20, and tickets will be available at the door. For more info, contact Julie Sakahara at 206-322-5692. Thanks, and we’ll see you there!

Holman/15th Median Study Review

15th Near 85th Artists Concept
15th Near 85th Artists Concept

Thanks to everyone who filled out a survey questionnaire to help gauge community and business support for a vegetated median along portions of 15th Ave NW (from 83rd St to 87th St) and Holman Road (from 87th St to 12th Ave).  The Holman Road / 15th Ave corridor is a dominant feature in our community, and improvements to the corridor have the potential to make our neighborhood safer for both drivers and pedestrians, healthier for businesses, nicer looking and greener.

Holman / 15th Median Study Community Review Meeting
December 10, 2009 at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30
Journey Church , 9204 11th Ave NW
Snacks provided

On Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association and the Crown Hill Business Association will host a community meeting to review designs for a series of planted medians for a section of the Holman Road / 15th Ave NW corridor.  Produced by a team of students from the University of Washington’s Community, Environment, and Planning Program, these designs reflect the responses from more than 290 Crown Hill residents through an online survey, as well as conversations with SDOT, Metro transit officials, and business owners along the corridor.

The student team will present a preliminary conceptual drawing (see draft below) and discuss several options for your comment.  Feedback from this meeting will be used to produce their final design recommendations.

Preliminary Median Concept Schematic
Preliminary Median Concept Schematic