News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Tomorrow: A Wake for Fremont’s Affordable Rental Houses

February 20th, 2015 by Cara

This Saturday February 21st the Fremont Neighborhood Council and the Fremont Historical Society invite members of the community and any interested parties to an unconventional wake. Organizers hope the mournful event, to be held at the Fremont Baptist Church, will draw attention to the decline of rental houses in the neighborhood. The event can be followed on Twitter under #FremontHouseWake.

A Wake for Fremont’s Affordable Rental Houses

The Fremont neighborhood will be hosting a wake for Fremont’s Affordable Rental Houses on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Fremont Baptist Church, 717 North 36th Street, Seattle. Over the last two years the Fremont neighborhood has lost a great number of the neighborhood’s rental houses, many of which were older homes built before the 1930s. This event will spotlight more than a dozen of these homes that have been demolished or are planned for demolition. This event is sponsored by the Fremont Neighborhood Council and the Fremont Historical Society.

Join with neighbors to mourn this loss of historical heritage, housing diversity, green space and affordability. Learn the details of the housing inventory that has been demolished and the stories of the families that lived there. Find out how you can contribute to upcoming efforts that stop this loss of affordability.

“Neighbors are concerned about the changing face of Fremont,” said Fremont Neighborhood Council President Stephanie Pure. “This is an opportunity to draw attention to this issue. The Fremont Neighborhood Council has taken the unusual step of filing a SEPA (State Environmental Protection Act) appeal on one of the projects. We encourage residents to come hear about that appeal.”

“The Fremont Historical Society (FHS) is dedicated to building awareness and appreciation of the history of a unique and early Seattle neighborhood”, said Judie Clarridge, volunteer, Fremont Historical Society. “We think it is important to tell the stories of these houses and the people who lived in them. Fremont has been fortunate that many historic buildings have been preserved and are in use today, but residents are concerned that the current pace of new construction may mean the loss of older houses and commercial buildings that give Fremont its character and economic diversity. We think this event will be a good opportunity for discussion on this important issue.

A Wake for Fremont's Affordable Rental Houses Poster - Letter (1)

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Fremont Neighborhood Clean Up this Saturday

October 29th, 2014 by Cara

The Fremont Chamber, Fremont Neighborhood Council and Fremont Arts Council invite everyone to join the annual Fremont Clean Up this Saturday November 1st at 10am. After a summer full of fun, our Sunny September, and Halloween festivities volunteers will help Fremont prepare for winter by pitching in and cleaning up the neighborhood. It’s a terrific opportunity to give back and celebrate our community!

Volunteers should meet at the Troll (if possible please also register online to help the FCC get a headcount) and cleaning will go until Noon.

Here is more information from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce’s website:

The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will be providing tools and trash bags to help and will also be picking up the trash bags!

We will have Starbucks Coffee and Pie’s minis for volunteers before and during the clean and fun swag and prizes for the people who bring in the most bags!!

The Fremont Universe crew will be there! We hope you can make it too!

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Bridge Way Mural Painting Party Saturday, August 13

August 10th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

It’s been a tough go for the Bridge Way Mural. Originally painted by Patrick Gabriel in 1997, the mural has seen its share of tagging and other vandalism in recent years. There is even some graffiti present right now as well.

Members of the Fremont Neighborhood Council who attended a recent Fremont Arts Council meeting decided to come up with a plan to clean up the mural. They’ll be holding the first of many painting parties this Saturday, August 13.

Volunteers are needed for a painting party scheduled for THIS SATURDAY, August 13th, from 10a – 2p, to remove graffiti from the beleaguered Bridge Way Mural.  At 10a, volunteers can meet at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North) to help carry paint and supplies up to the mural.  At the mural, volunteers will be needed all day to wield a paintbrush, cleaning supplies, and doing some landscaping at the mural along Bridge Way under Aurora Avenue.

The next painting party will be held August 27th

To get involved with the painting party, contact FAC Board President, Michael Clark, at

H/T: Fremocentrist

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Orange Flags Helping Fremont Pedestrians Cross Safer

April 6th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you’ve walked on Fremont Ave. between 41st and Motor Place recently, you’ve noticed things have gotten a little more orange. That would be the flags stuck on poles in various spots along the street. Thanks to the Fremont Neighborhood Council, those flags have been installed to help pedestrians cross Fremont Ave. a little safer.

Every block or so, there’s a container on telephone poles on each side of the street. Within each container is a couple of flags. You grab one of the flags so drivers can see you, especially at night, and you go to whichever restaurant was across the street that you needed to get to so badly. Then you just leave said flag in the container across the street from where you started so someone else can cross with it.

You get to go where you wanted to, drivers don’t accidentally run anyone over and the flags get a good workout. Everybody wins.

And while we’re on the topic of Fremont Ave. driving, if you haven’t noticed already, you REALLY better take heed of those flashing beacons by B.F. Day when they’re lit up in the morning and afternoon. More often than not, I’ll see multiple cops at the bottom of the hill just waiting for someone to barrel down at 40 mph. And they’ve got a whole bunch of tickets burning holes in their pockets. Safe driving, ya’ll.

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Fremont’s Ernst Park Is Getting An Upgrade

February 8th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you’ve ever walked past that steeply-sloping patch of grass next to the Fremont Library and thought to yourself, “Man, I’ve got some really great ideas for what to do with that,” you’re in luck.

That patch of grass is actually Ernst Park, named for Ambrose Ernst, a Fremont resident known as the “Father of City Playfields.” Pour out a little Powerade for Ambrose next time you’re playing some adult dodgeball.

The City of Seattle recently purchased the property west of the park, currently a vacant lot, and will use that space to expand Ernst.

As for what they’re going to do, well, that’s where you come in. The City wants to hear your ideas for developing this space. Think it should be an elaborate child’s playground? How bout an elaborate adult’s playground? Maybe we should just have a guy stand there stacking Jenga pieces as high as he can until they fall, at which point he starts over and continues to do so 24 hours a day. We can literally suggest ANYTHING!

The easiest ways to get your ideas across are to email the Fremont Neighborhood Council at fremont.neighborhood.council at gmail dot com or attend their Feb. 28 meeting.

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Fremont Neighborhood Council Meeting tonight

July 26th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

The Fremont Neighborhood Council meets tonight at 7 p.m., at the History House, 790 N. 34th St. Come to hear the latest on the trolley bus system evaluation from Chris O’Claire. Changes affect routes that pass through Fremont.

There will also be a follow-up on the Fremont Fair.

All Fremont residents are eligible to join, and all members are eligible to serve on the board. Residents are defined by these boundaries: the Canal on the south, 8th Ave. N.W. on the west, North 50th Street on the north, and Stone Way on the east.

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Fremont Neighborhood Council: Big Annual Meeting

April 25th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

The Fremont Neighborhood Council, a chartered organization representing the residents of Fremont, holds its “Big Annual Meeting” tomorrow night – Monday, April 26 – from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with refreshments beginning at 6:30 at the Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N 36th St.

Council member Mike O’Brien is scheduled to make a presentation on neighborhoods and development; and what he’s doing as the chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee.

All “Fremonsters” are invited to attend this big annual meeting, as well as volunteer for the membership-based organization. Annual dues range from $7 for seniors/low income residents, to $12 for individuals, $20 for an entire household and $50 for “Angel” status. All Fremont residents are eligible to join and all members are eligible to serve on the board, which meets every fourth Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The History House, 790 N. 34th St. This meeting tomorrow will serve as the April board meeting.

The FNC defines Fremont’s boundaries as the Canal on the south, 8th Ave. N.W. on the west, North 50th Street on the north, and Stone Way on the east.

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