Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

As you know, the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) has been busy evaluating what we do, how we do it, and the services we offer. Ensuring that we are broadening access and creating opportunities has been at the core of this assessment. But what does that mean?

That means we are a department that values our customers (YOU) and we strive to offer exemplary service. We are thinking of creative ways to be as responsive and accessible to as large an audience as possible with the finite resources that we have.

Our department has always been about people. Our “user profile” is everyone. This is unique and challenging and illuminates the need for us to more effectively use the resources and talents that we have. This can take many forms, from incorporating technology and digital engagement to re-envisioning roles and responsibilities. We are currently doing all of those things - making adjustments and improvements to live up to our promise of actively engaging all communities.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Join Us for Our Upcoming Housing Affordability & Livability Open Houses

Announcing our New Community Engagement Coordinators

People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

Council and Mayor Murray Seek Volunteers to Serve on New Seattle Renters’ Commission


Neighborhood Matching Fund Announces Upcoming Workshops for Community Groups Each workshop will provide an overview of the program requirements and application process. (more)

Watch the Short Film Tackling Homelessness in Seattle The film features the City of Seattle’s first effort in a decade to re-bid all homeless service contracts to better ensure providers meet performance goals and have a proven, data-driven record of placing people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing. (more)

Targeting Trash Along the I-5 Corridor Over the last few weeks, the City of Seattle teamed up with the Washington State Department of Transportation to begin a focused and intense cleanup of areas along the I-5 corridor through Seattle. (more)

City of Seattle Offers Funding to Increase Digital Equity The City seeks applications for projects that increase access to free or low-cost broadband, empower residents with digital literacy skills, and ensure affordable, available, and sufficient devices and technical support. (more)

Seattle LGBTQ Commission Seeks Candidates 
The Commission is a 16-member body that advises the Mayor, City Council, and City of Seattle departments on issues that affect LGBTQ communities throughout Seattle. Apply by April 13. (more)

Safe Routes to School Now Accepting Spring Mini Grant Applications The primary purpose of of these grants is to fund activities that support safety education and encourage walking and bicycling to school. (more)

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Wants Your Input on Community Requested Projects Twelve Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) projects are now underway, and your input is invited on early designs and how best to implement these projects, located throughout the city. (more)

Applications Open for Get Engaged Program This program places young adults ages 18-29 on the City of Seattle’s public boards and commissions. (more)

Office of Economic Development Puts Big Data in the Hands of Small Business Its Business Decision Engine displays essential market intelligence for entrepreneurs and existing businesses. (more)

Become a Tree Ambassador Trees for Seattle is accepting applications for new Tree Ambassadors interested in caring for and protecting Seattle’s Trees. (more)


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.

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Northgate/Pinehurst Neighbors Invited to Help Plan Find It, Fix It Community Walk The Northgate/Pinehurst walk will be held on April 25th and will follow a route determined by community members serving on the Community Walk Action Team. (more)

First Parklet of 2017 Opens in Ballard Neighbors stopped by to help celebrate the opening of this cool, new, boat-shaped public space, hosted by Mighty-O Donuts and partially funded by our Neighborhood Matching Fund. (more)

Plans for Lake City Mini Park Join Lake City Future First and supporters to imagine and share ideas around the 125th Lake City Mini Park. (more)

Gas Works Park Interim Cleanup Actions Open for Public Comment Washington State Dept of Ecology has reviewed and approved a work plan that requires public comment. (more)


  • Tenant Rights Bootcamp - Wallingford: April 5, 7pm (more)
  • U District Partnership's Residential Landlord Committee Meeting: April 6, 1:30pm (more)
  • Pinehurst Pocket Park Work Party: April 8, 9:30am (more)
  • Northgate / Pinehurst / Maple Leaf Find It, Fix It Community Walk Action Team Meeting: April 11, 6:30pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee Meeting: April 11, 6:30pm (more)
  • Disaster Skills Workshop at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center: April 18, 6:15pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: April 18, 7pm (more)
  • NW Neighborhoods Community Open House: April 27, 6pm (more)
  • NE Neighborhoods Community Open House: April 29, 1:30pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Downtown and South Lake Union Contribution to Housing Affordability It is estimated that the MHA requirements for Downtown and South Lake Union would produce 2,100 new affordable housing units over 10 years. (more)

City Issues Preliminary Proposal to Guide Growth in Uptown Urban Center The proposal will result in an estimated 600 new affordable homes, neighborhood design standards that respond to community priorities, incentives for new arts and cultural spaces, improved connections to Seattle Center, and enhanced walkability. (more)

First Section of the New Arboretum Loop Trail Opens to Visitors The new path from 31st Ave. E and E Madison connects Arboretum visitors to Arboretum Dr. via the new paved asphalt path. (more)

  • 3rd Ave Paving Project Drop-in Session: April 4, 5pm (more)
  • Civic Cocktail - Regional Growth: April 5, 5:30pm (more)
  • Volunteer Park Amphitheater Design Open House: April 6, 5pm (more)
  • Pioneer Square Spring Clean 2017: April 8, 9am (more)
  • First Hill Improvement Association Meeting: April 11, 6pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: April 18, 6pm (more)
  • Environmental Works Earth Day 2017 Block Party: April 21, 11am (more)
  • South Lake Union Community Open House: April 25, 6pm (more)
  • Community Information Meeting on the Possible Sale by Seattle City Light of 800 Aloha: April 25, 7:30pm (more)
  • Central Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 16, 6pm (more)

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Community Garden, Wetland Planned for Former Delridge Substation Green space will include a community garden, wetland, and educational programs for students and adults on growing food and environmental stewardship. (more)

Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Changes for Construction of the Green Dot Public Schools Washington Building 
The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hillman City Collaboratory. (more)

Open House for High Point Community Center Play Area Renovation Project This project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements, and improve safety and other features at the park. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Invites Input on Design of New North Rainier Park
Attend the upcoming public meeting on April 5 or complete the online survey. (more)

East African Community Services (EACS) Proves Representation Is Key to Education 
With support from the City of Seattle Technology Matching Fund, EACS recently began its Information Computer Technology Learning Center. (more)

  • North Rainier Landbank Site Open House: April 5, 5:30pm (more)
  • High Point Community Center Play Area Meeting: April 8, 1pm (more)
  • Final Southeast Economic Opportunity Center Design Proposal Presentation: April 8, 10:30am (more)
  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic: April 12, 6pm (more)
  • Why Does Art Matter?: April 12, 6pm (more)
  • Green Dot Public Schools Washington Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee: April 13, 6pm (more)
  • Disaster Skills Workshop in Columbia City: April 15, 10:30am (more)
  • LGBTQ Senior Resource Fair: April 19, 10am (more)
  • West Seattle Tenant Rights Bootcamp: April 19, 6:30pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Food Innovation District Round Table: April 19, 6:30pm at Rainier Beach Library (9125 Rainier Ave S)
  • Morgan Community Association Quarterly Meeting: April 19, 7pm (more)
  • SW Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 6, 10am (more)
  • SE Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 13, 10am (more)

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