Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

The time has come…time to conquer my fears and commit. And I have! I completed my P-Patch Community Garden renewal form and paid my fees. Now it’s official…I am a P-Patcher. Again.

This wasn’t an obvious choice. I had some debates in my head, questioning the time I could commit. Aspirations versus reality. But when it came down to making a decision, I said yes. Here’s the reason why: my appreciation for the program and my interactions because of it.

My plot is next to Brian’s, a neighbor whom I do not see enough. I know he’s well because his squash are blooming or, in late summer, his dahlia is looming. Seriously, you can see that burgundy flower from a block away! I may not see him as frequently as I’d like, but I smile when I see the work he has done and the fruits of his labor.

The community that comes about when the sun is shining serves as a much-needed respite. Starters are shared, and tips are swapped. It’s these little things that I appreciate.

Growing and creating both gardens and community - these are the goals of the P-Patch program and the reasons I continue to be a P-Patcher.

This year, I once again vow to eat more and compost less! Aspirations versus reality.

Welcome, Spring! I am ready, and my garden plot will soon be ready too!.


- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

 
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OTHER CITY NEWS

Mayor Durkan Announces Community Workshops for Chief of Police Search: The workshops, including one for Seattle’s young people, are open to all Seattle residents and are an opportunity to share their thoughts about what characteristics and experience is needed in the City’s next police chief. (more)

Learn More About Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) at Our Citywide Open House:
 Attend our March 29 open house at Washington Hall. It will be a great chance to look at the revised MHA maps, talk with City staff from various departments, connect with your neighbors, and share information. (more)

Attend a Renting in Seattle Workshop on March 21: 
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights and Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections are providing tenant training about fair housing, fair chance housing, deposit and move-in fees, and other regulatory ordinances related to renting in Seattle. (more)

Help Review and Score Ideas for Park and Street Improvements: 
You are invited to review the park and street improvement ideas submitted by the public for Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets. Get involved by attending one or more of the project development meetings throughout the city. (more)

Technology Matching Fund Application Process is Open: 
Projects working towards digital literacy, parental engagement, improved job skills, and providing technology devices are eligible for grants of up to $50,000. Apply by May 7. (more)

Unlimited Fresh Bucks Match Now Available:
 The City of Seattle has lifted the $10 match limit for Fresh Bucks. Now, shoppers are free to get a match for any amount of SNAP benefits spent purchasing fruits and vegetables. (more)

Mayor Durkan Seeks New Members for Pioneer Square Preservation Board:
Individuals who have an interest in historic preservation and/or familiarity with Pioneer Square are encouraged to apply. (more)

  
ADD YOUR VOICE

The City of Seattle wants your feedback. The projects listed below are currently open for public comment. Let us know your thoughts.

For a full list of projects open for public comment, visit our website.


SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Help Improve Lake Access at Be'er Sheva Park: A group of Rainier Beach residents are hosting community design parties and an online survey to engage the community around improvements at Be'er Sheva Park. (more)

Community Members Needed to Advise on Zoning Modifications for Several Seattle Schools: Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant modifications to City zoning regulations for Madison Middle School. (more)


EVENTS

  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Admiral): March 14, 5:30pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Community Club Monthly Meeting: March 14, 7pm (more)
  • West Seattle Timebank Gathering: March 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Youth Commission - Police Chief Search Meeting: March 16, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Rainier Valley): March 19, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Central Area): March 20, 5:30pm (more)
  • Wing Luke Elementary School Departures Advisory Committee Public Meeting: March 21, 6pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Beacon Hill): March 21, 6pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (New Holly): March 22, 5:30pm (more)
  • Community SNAP Presentation: March 22, 6pm (more)
  • Beacon Hill Safe Streets Monthly Meeting: March 22, 6pm (more)
  • CANTONESE Language Disaster Skills Class: March 25, 1pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Roxhill/Westwood): March 26, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Rainier Beach): March 26, 5:30pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: March 28, 7pm (more)
  • Police Chief Search Community Input Workshop (Columbia City): March 29, 5:30pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Participate in Final Online Open House for Victor Steinbrueck Park Improvement Project: The project includes improving sight lines into the park, providing better connections and circulation, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading seating and landscaping. Visit the online open house through March 30. (more)

City of Seattle Opens Miller Annex Preschool Facility: The Miller Annex center will be a part of the Seattle Preschool Program and serve 80 three and four-year-old children in this new location. Two classrooms will open in March 2018 and stay open throughout the summer. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Frances Skinner Edris Nurses Home: The public is invited to attend the April 4 meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Community Members Needed to Advise on Zoning Modifications for Several Seattle Schools: Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant modifications to City zoning regulations for Garfield High School. (more)


EVENTS
  • First Hill March Meeting: March 13, 6pm (more)
  • North Downtown Mobility Action Plan - Uptown Community Meeting: March 13, 7pm (more)
  • North Downtown Mobility Action Plan - Belltown Community Meeting: March 14, 6:30pm (more)
  • Police Chief Search Community Input Workshop (Central Area): March 15, 5:30pm (more)
  • Lid I-5 Collaborative - Collab #1: March 15, 6pm (more)
  • Magnolia Tree Walk: March 17, 10am (more)
  • Webster School Departure Advisory Committee Public Meeting: March 19, 6pm (more)
  • Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council Monthly Meeting: March 19, 6pm (more)
  • Police Chief Search Community Input Workshop (Queen Anne): March 20, 6pm (more)
  • Magnolia Bridge Planning Study Briefing: March 20, 7pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Belltown): March 22, 6pm (more)
  • Seattle Center Arena Design Open House: March 24, 1-5pm (more)
  • Hing Hay Park Celebration: March 24, 1pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Magnolia): March 27, 5:30pm (more)
  • Police Chief Search Community Input Workshop (Chinatown-ID): March 28, 5:30pm (more)
  • Citywide Open House featuring Districts 3+7 Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Maps: March 29, 6pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Don't Miss the Lake City Community Center Open House on April 4: This is a chance for you to meet Seattle Parks and Recreation staff, learn about their programs, ask questions, share feedback, and connect with community partners. (more)

Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Modifications for Development of Webster School: The Seattle School District is requesting modifications (known as “departures”) from select City zoning regulations for the renovation and addition to the Webster School. The meeting will be held March 19 at 6pm at Ballard High School. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Anhalt Hall: The public is invited to attend the April 4 meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Community Members Needed to Advise on Zoning Modifications for Several Seattle Schools: Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant modifications to City zoning regulations for Roosevelt High School. (more)


EVENTS
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Ravenna): March 13, 5:30pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee Meeting: March 13, 6:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Northgate): March 14, 3pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Meadowbrook): March 14, 6pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council Meeting: March 14, 7pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Broadview): March 15, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Ballard): March 15, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Wallingford): March 15, 6pm (more)
  • Beautify Broadview-Thomson Wish Night: March 15, 7pm (more)
  • Sand Point Way Corridor Project Drop-in Event: March 17, 10am (more)
  • Northgate Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge Drop-in Session: March 19, 12pm (more)
  • Northgate Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge Drop-in Session: March 20, 8am (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (U District): March 20, 3:30pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: March 20, 7pm (more)
  • Police Chief Search Community Input Workshop (Northgate): March 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • Whittier Heights Women’s Village Community Meeting: March 22, 6:30pm (more)
  • Police Chief Search Community Input Workshop (Loyal Heights): March 23, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Greenwood): March 28, 6pm (more)

RESOURCES
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