President Ethan Bradford opened the meeting at 7:30 and made the following announcements:

  • The main speaker at the December meeting will be a representative of the Idris Mosque.
  • This Sat is “Green Seattle Day.” There will be a tree planting event at our own Northacres Park. RSVP on the website or just show up to help.
  • Games night is Nov 18 4-9pm at the club. Come for all or part. Sometimes we order Pizza!

Thomas Whittemore introduced himself. He is the Community Engagement Coordinator for North Precinct (north of the ship canal) for Seattle Dept of Neighborhoods. He makes the rounds of community meetings and tonight was our turn.

Randy Harkness spoke about Northgate Elementary School, which is in our neighborhood. The PTO is no longer active. Randy is working on a project he calls “Balls and Ropes for Northgate” which aims to provide equipment for the school not otherwise funded. He is focused on hanging mats for the gym. The space is very small, and they want to have mats they can store by hanging on the climbing wall. They need around $500 for this project. Randy can be reached at . Randy mentioned that they used to have a “Giving Tree” for the holidays, but it was not all inclusive. This project would help all students.

Our main speakers were Natalie Graves and Eric Burkhauser from SDOT. They walked us through the plan for the Northgate PED/BIKE Bridge Project, which will connect communities East and West of I-5 at Northgate and the Light Rail station due to be completed in 2021. The bridge completion date is 2020.

Excellent presentation complete with “Flyover” animation and a lot of detail about the design process. This will be a 1900 foot bridge that will take around 9 minutes to traverse. It starts at North Seattle College and heads East, crosses a wetland, pond, (including a wildlife overlook) then the freeway and ends at the light rail station. Long Q&A period followed the presentation.