News blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood

Maple Leaf Life header image 2

How long is the park path? Plus urban farming and trash pickup updates

Posted by Mike on December 27th, 2013

Back when the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park opened, several people wondered about the paved park path.

Mostly, they wondered how long it is. In comments on our post from the time, David Miller said it was about half a mile.

Now Alicia emails:

We’ve been wondering what the distance around the big, paved loop at Maple Leaf park. On Christmas day, we took a measuring wheel to find out. It’s about 2480 feet around. That’s almost half a mile.

While we were measuring, a dozen people stopped to ask us what the distance was. Could you publish it for folks?

Update: “I asked the parks dept about the length of the path when the park first opened. The response:¬† ‘The outer asphalt pathway is 2,540 feet, so two laps is 200 feet shy of one mile.’ – Maryanne”

Maple Leaf also has a new Kickstarter project – Stacy Brewer of the Seattle Urban Farm School is trying to raise money to turn her garage on Northeast 97th Street into a schoolhouse so she doesn’t have to teach classes in her living room.

Her goal is $12,815. Her Kickstarter page is here.

Finally, we picked up several dozen comments on our post about Seattle considering whether to pick up trash only every other week.

Since then the City Council has unanimously passed a bill that would open negotiations with trash haulers on the possibility. Crosscut has an update here.

And this week¬† the Seattle Times has an editorial on the subject, although on reading it appears the newspaper’s position is “we should think about it.”

Tags: Uncategorized

10 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Sue // Dec 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Regarding the trash collection, it seemed to me the change needed to be run by the state dept. of ecology. I sent an email to SPU director with the question and no reply.

  • 2 NorthSeattleSarah // Dec 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I’m enjoying the new park, but any word on whether we are going to get lights on the north end? I work during the day and am trying to walk my dog around the park in the evening, the north end gets so dark you can’t see a thing – as a single female I feel like it’s a safety issue.
    Editor: Several people have had the same thought. In our earlier post, David Miller said the Maple Leaf Community Council is working to get additional lights installed.

  • 3 neighbor // Dec 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    The Urban Farm School is already getting too big for the neighborhood — I live a block away and have people park in front of my house (and block my driveway!) when they go there for classes. Not very neighborly!

  • 4 Lee Hopley // Dec 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    As to regards to garbage. Let us decide how often we want pickup. I want weekly pickup. I already pay enormous utility bills and for other city services.

    Why tinker with something that is working? How about this Progressive City thinking about NOT narrowing existing street lanes for bikes? Like the one on Roosevelt Way? MORE traffic congestion.

    I do not need the City Council to be my ‘keepers’ Stay out of my business and OUT of my garbage pickup schedule. I am SO ready to move out of this city due to its nosing its way into my business and others. I always thought Seattle and King County celebrated independence and FREE choice?

    First the plastic bags that were voted on years ago to keep and then then the City council insanely stupid, OVERTURNS our vote! No problem, when I need plastic bags, I shop at the Shoreline Safeway.

    CC, stop micromanaging and pay attention to the real needs of our city like a WEEKLY recycling pickup.,are you listening?

  • 5 Sue // Dec 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm
    This is code for home occupations.” The home occupation shall not cause a substantial increase in on-street parking congestion or a substantial increase in traffic within the immediate vicinity”

  • 6 Melanie // Dec 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Wow Lee!
    I half expected a “get off my lawn” in that rant of yours. Sounds like living in Mapleleaf/Seattle is making you miserable! Perhaps you’d be happier in Shoreline with their extra-wide lanes, no traffic, and enough plastic bags for all of you “nobody’s business” garbage.

  • 7 anotherEric // Dec 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Melanie, your passive aggressive invitation for Lee to get out of the neighborhood is sooo Seattle. We should do lunch sometime.

  • 8 DanM // Dec 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Regarding lighting:

    David Miller’s post in the earlier article says they’ll be pursuing Dark Skies lighting for the north side, which I assume is similar to what is now in the south side.

    After living and walking in the park 5 or so nights a week since it opened, we really enjoy being on the north side in the dark and looking up at the stars. I hope the new lights, when they come, will cast light on the path and not in our eyes as we look up, the way the lights on the south do.

    The house under construction on NE 88th has put boundary markers in, and the ones on the park access alley are into the roadway. Will that access get narrower, or will it be shared with cars? I assume the plans have been filed with the City.

    Regarding trash collection, I like every week. Yard waste pickup every week was a vast improvement, and going the other way with trash would not be an improvement.

    Thanks for this informative blog!

  • 9 David Miller // Dec 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Dan – We’re hoping for path-level lighting. Something fitted in a lower bollard that would be thigh or waist high for the north end for that very reason.

    We’ll take a look at the markers. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.


  • 10 Jojo // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I agree, it’s really dark – ESP when you’re out alone :)

    Note to bike riders: look out for runners. There have been many very near misses by my very lit (as in, his clothes flash with lights) up running husband, with unlit bikes.

    Do the unleashed dogs bother anyone else?