Like many North Seattle neighborhoods, Maple Leaf did not see much development until roads were able to better connect the area with the rest of the city. Slowly, residents began to organize themselves and lobby for improvements to the neighborhood. The community was so effective at seeing that their needs were met that they were nominated in 1986 for distinction in the Neighborhood of the Year contest by Neighborhoods, USA and came in 3rd place in their category!
Walking or driving through the neighborhood, you definitely get the feeling that this is a true community. “Welcome to Maple Leaf” signs adorn telephone poles, people are out walking with their babies or dogs, and when you go in a local business you are greeted with genuine enthusiasm. The Maple Leaf blog
advertises nearby deals, alerts readers to community events, and educates about city-wide issues that may effect residents, with the odd missing-dog announcement thrown in.
Activities and Attractions
The area around Roosevelt Avenue and 90th Street is the main business district in Maple Leaf. There, you’ll find much to keep you occupied. Hit up Cloud City Coffee for breakfast or a sandwich, and you’ll be equally likely to find some sort of community meeting taking place. Browse the kitschy store next door, Maxine’s—part florist, part gift shop. Roosevelt Ale House is a great place to stop for happy hour, or try Snappy Dragon for delicious Chinese fare.
If you have kids, there are a few must-sees that your whole family will enjoy. One of the lesser-known treasures of the neighborhood is the Northwest Puppet Center, which houses a museum, a stage for plays, and holds classes for puppet enthusiasts of all ages. After you’ve exhausted all they have to offer, stop by Math ‘n’ Stuff and feast your eyes on their selection of games, puzzles, toys, and science kits. Run off some energy at the relatively new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. The 16 acres of park land offer a viewpoint of both Mount Rainier and Lake Washington, a series of rain gardens, shelter, sports court, ball fields, and a play area boasting both a zip line and children’s garden.
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This place is every bit as quaint and wholesome as the name implies. Perfect for families and those who want to live in a tightly knit community, Maple Leaf is a gem of North Seattle, and has even been recognized nationally as a model neighborhood.