Northgate Updates

As a lifelong resident of Maple Leaf, I’ve seen this neighborhood evolve over the years, most especially the Northgate area where visiting the mall was a weekly pastime of mine. Here’s a VERY short sampling of what’s new at Northgate this fall!

Northgate Pedestrian Bridge: This 1,900-foot-long bridge (according to the Seattle Department of Transportation), spanning over I-5, connects the Northgate Light Rail Station with the North Seattle College. 

Northgate Light Rail Station: This station is one of three new stations to open in the fall; the Roosevelt and University District stations are also scheduled to open. According to Sound Transit, it will take 14 minutes to reach Downtown Seattle from Northgate via light rail. This light rail station replaces the Northgate Transit Center, as well as the longtime 41 bus route, which connected Northgate (and Lake City) with Downtown Seattle. For a full list of Metro bus service revisions, please visit the King County Metro website.

Kraken Community Iceplex: This new facility boasts, among other things, three NHL-sized rinks, meeting facilities, the practice facility and staff headquarters for the Seattle Kraken, and the 32 Bar & Grill. Drop-in hockey, skating lessons for kids and adults, and open public skating are among the types of public skating options available. Visit the Kraken Community Iceplex’s website ( to learn more about the offerings at this new facility.