Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

In addition to the other informative stories in this newsletter, you can read an article about Saunjah Powell-Pointer, a recent graduate of our People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE). Thankfully, I was in my office last week when I read this article, because the tears flowed. It was a great article about an amazing individual. And it was perfectly timed.

I say that because we are in uncertain times. We are facing many unknowns. This article was a needed reminder that we are doing some fantastic things within the Department of Neighborhoods. There is so much going on that we sometimes forget to pause and reflect on what we are doing, the successes we are involved in, and the amazing people surrounding Saunjah.

This job is an honor. This department employs and works with some amazing individuals. I am reminded yet again that this city is blessed to have so many smart, dedicated, talented people working on our behalf. We are in good hands - of that I am certain.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
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Mayor Murray to Strengthen Broadband Privacy Rules in Seattle New rule will require the City’s key internet service providers to obtain permission from their customers before selling web browsing history and personally identifiable information. (more)

Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Seattle Police Department Celebrate Final Day of Immigrant Family Institute Community members celebrate the completion of a groundbreaking program intended to keep immigrant young people out of the criminal justice system and build trust between immigrant communities and police officers. (more)

Seattle Affordable Housing Week May 15-22 Learn about the need for more affordable housing and the work being done across our community to create it. Opportunities to participate include open houses, Facebook Live Q&A, Reddit AMA, and more. (more)

Understanding Source of Income & Rental Regulations in Seattle Join the Seattle Office for Civil Rights on May 25 for a workshop designed to help landlords navigate rental regulations and access information and assistance. (more)

Applications Now Being Accepted for Conservation District Grants
This grant program aims to support both natural resource improvement and environmental equity in Seattle. (more)

Get Involved with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 10th Annual Big Day of Play Make new friends or bond with your family while volunteering for this fun event. (more)

Summer 2017 Schedules for Beaches, Pools, Wading Pools & Spray Parks Whether you’re a paddler or a swimmer, a wader or a sailor, Seattle Parks and Recreation has ways for you to get close to – or into – the water all over town! (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.

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Seeks Shows and Performers for Summer Showcase at Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park SPR is looking for individual performers or performance groups that are interested in activating the park with live performances. (more)

Mark Your Calendars for the Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk The Highland Park walk will be held on Thursday, May 25 and will follow a route determined by community members. (more)

Neighborhood Matching Fund to Host Workshop in Columbia City Join us at Columbia City Library on June 1 to learn about our funding opportunities. (more)

Georgetown Mobility Study Seattle Department of Transportation would like the Georgetown community to help identify unique transportation needs and concerns. (more)

Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project Learn more and share your feedback on this project through May 31. (more)


  • Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Community Workshop: May 16, 5pm (more)
  • Affordable Housing Week - Mercy Othello Plaza Open House: May 17, 5pm (more)
  • SW Roxbury St Paving Project Open House: May 17, 5:30pm (more)
  • Imagine South Park - Can South Park Grow and Remain Inclusive + Affordable?: May 17, 7pm (more)
  • West Seattle Bee Festival: May 20, 10am (more)
  • Wheels & Heels at John C. Little Sr. Park: May 20, 1pm (more)
  • Bicycle Sundays along Lake Washington Blvd: May 21 & 28, 10am-6pm (more)
  • SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW Paving and Safety Project: May 23, 5:30pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: May 24, 7pm (more)
  • Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk: May 25 (more)
  • Lowman Beach Park Meeting: May 31, 6:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop in Columbia City: June 1, 6pm (more)
  • Community Advisory Committee Meeting for Camp Second Chance on Myers Way: June 4, 4pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Pike People Street Returns this Summer Every Saturday in July and August, designated blocks in the Pike/Pine neighborhood will become pedestrian-only streets from 6pm - 3am. (more)

Intensive Outreach Continues Before Removal of Illegal Camping Along I-90/Rainier Avenue/Dearborn Street The closure and cleanup efforts will stretch over two weeks – beginning with the Cloverleaf area on Tuesday, May 16, followed by South Dean Street and Poplar Place South, and along South Dearborn Street to 10th Avenue South on May 23. (more)

Adapting to Mercer Street Seattle Department of Transportation answers some questions regarding the new signal timing system along the Mercer corridor. (more)

Central Ridge & Lowell-Meany Neighborhood Greenways Route Options Seattle Department of Transportation has identified route options and is looking for your feedback. (more)

  • Central Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 16, 6pm (more)
  • Affordable Housing Week - Pat Williams Apts Open House: May 17, 9am (more)
  • Career Masters-Toastmasters: May 18, 12pm (more)
  • May Social & Discussion: Have Renters Been Friend-zoned?: May 18, 6:30pm (more)
  • YWCA Stand Against Racism - Moving Beyond Homelessness: May 19, 12pm (more)
  • Compass at First Presbyterian Community Meeting: May 22, 6:30pm (more)
  • An Evening with Peter Ker Walker, co-author of Discovery Park’s Master Plan: May 23, 6:30pm (more)
  • East Precinct Advisory Council Community Meeting: May 25, 6:30pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Northgate Transit Open House King County and the City of Seattle are working together to redevelop King County’s property near Northgate Mall and the future Northgate Link light rail station. Check out the online open house. (more)

Homeless in Lake City: A Community Conversation 
Lake City Future First will host a free conversation on Wednesday, May 24th about the state of homelessness in Lake City. (more)

Northgate Neighborhood Greenway Survey 
Seattle Department of Transportation has identified three primary route options, and is looking for your feedback on the routes and the destinations the neighborhood greenway should serve. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Invites Input on Design of Christie Park Expansion Project 
Share your ideas about the project through this short survey. (more)

Neighborhood Matching Fund to Host Workshop in Greenwood Join us at Greenwood Senior Center on May 17 to learn about our funding opportunities. (more)

  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: May 16, 7pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop in Greenwood: May 17, 6pm (more)
  • Affordable Housing Week - Stone Way Apartments Tour: May 18, 12pm (more)
  • NE 65th St Vision Zero Project - Neighborhood Transportation Forum: May 18, 6pm (more)
  • Picardo Plant Sale and Bake Sale: May 20, 10am (more)
  • Baker Park on Crown Hill Open House: May 20, 1pm (more)
  • Licton Springs Village – Community Advisory Committee: May 24, 5pm (more)
  • Green Lake Area Paving and Safety Projects Open House: May 24, 5:30pm (more)
  • Use Your Voice: Advocacy 101 Workshop: May 24, 6:30pm (more)
  • Soundview Playfield Open House: June 3, 1pm (more)

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