Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

It has been an interesting week here at the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Yes, every week is interesting but this week has been full of milestones and emotions.

As you may know, DON has been helping put on the Mayor’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks throughout the city for the past two years. The success we have experienced has been, in large part, because of our AmeriCorps Vistas. We have been beyond fortunate to benefit from the talent and capabilities of these individuals. They agree to this service for a year and then essentially fly the nest. Yesterday we bid adieu to Lemmis Stephens who has served us well and made us proud. Many cheers were made and toasts given as he left to embark on his next adventure. We were lucky to have him at DON and the City was fortunate to have his help.

Today, we also say farewell to another team member. Rich Macdonald, our P-Patch Community Gardening supervisor, announced his retirement some time ago but his last day in the office is today. To try to summarize his contributions would be a feat and would far exceed the space I am allotted within this newsletter. His work and his passion for gardening goes beyond the plots - it resonates throughout the city and its impact will be felt for years. He has built a strong program that, in turn, has built stronger communities.

Saying goodbye is hard but it is also a reminder of how fortunate we have been. Here is to staff, dedication, and new adventures as DON continues to grow and evolve.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Youth Opportunity Fund Deadline is June 20 Offers flexible mini-grants to agencies that are providing positive development activities for youth of color in Seattle. (more)

Don't Miss the Grand Opening of Jimi Hendrix Park on June 17 Celebrate the unveiling of Seattle's newest City park, partially funded by our Neighborhood Matching Fund. There will be music, speakers, family activities, food trucks, and more. (more)

City Evaluates Zoning Changes for Mandatory Housing Affordability The City issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that studies three alternatives for zoning changes needed to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). Public hearing scheduled for June 29. (more)

Secure Scheduling Training at City Hall on June 15 Learn more about the new requirements at this one hour live presentation. (more)

Volunteer at Seattle/King County Clinic Oct. 26 – 29 in KeyArena at Seattle Center 
Help this giant health clinic offer free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations. The Clinic needs healthcare professionals as well as general support volunteers. (more)

Youth ORCA Program Expanding The ORCA cards students are using this school year expire at the end of the school year, so SDOT has decided to expand the program for high school participants through summer 2018. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation to Offer Summer Food Service Program This program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), helps ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. (more)

Office of Arts & Culture Releases Report to Create, Activate, and Preserve Cultural Space in Seattle This report seeks to define opportunities to increase cultural space, equitably support creative innovation, strengthen neighborhoods, and preserve the culturally rich traditions of the city. (more)

Office of Economic Development Offers Restaurant Success Orientation Whether you are starting or expanding your restaurant or mobile food business, this orientation will offer resources to help you succeed. (more)

New Fund Seeks New Ideas for Achieving Results and Racial Equity $225,000 available for new ideas related to: Preparing Youth for Success, Addressing Homelessness, Supporting Affordability and Livability, Responding to Gender-Based Violence, Promoting Public Health, and Promoting Healthy Aging. (more)


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

  • Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Learn More)
  • Proposed Updates to the Design Review Program (Learn More)
  • On-Street Parking Survey (Learn More)

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

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
City Light to Replace Aging Infrastructure in SODO Neighborhood The work will include replacing aging utility poles, overhead wire and equipment to help upgrade the existing electrical system. (more)

Urban Ag Bike Tour 2017: July 15 & August 27 Join Rainier Valley Food Bank for a leisurely 5 mile bike ride to local school gardens, farms, p-patches, fruit orchards, and more. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Avalon Substation Building in West Seattle The public is invited to attend the July 5 meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Bicycle Sundays along Lake Washington Blvd: June 25 On scheduled Sundays from May to September, a portion of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized vehicles from 10am - 6pm. (more)

Navigation Team Conducts Outreach at 7312 2nd Ave SW A group of outreach workers and specially-trained police officers has been out at this WSDOT parcel of property that will be used for staging I-5 construction work this summer. (more)


  • Public Safety Meeting in South Seattle: June 13, 7pm (more)
  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic: June 14, 6pm (more)
  • Morgan Junction Community Festival: June 17, 10am (more)
  • West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway Community Meeting: June 17, 10am (more)
  • Jimi Hendrix Park Grand Opening: June 17, 12-5pm (more)
  • West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway Community Meeting: June 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • Restaurant Success Orientation - Delridge: June 22, 3pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: June 28, 7pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Mayor Announces Oak View Group as Preferred Partner for Redevelopment of KeyArena This begins the process of negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will meet the needs of the surrounding community, the City, Seattle Center, and the people who will enjoy the building for years to come. (more)

Neighbors Invited to Help Plan First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk The First Hill walk will be held on Tuesday, July 11 and will follow a route determined by community members serving on its Community Walk Action Team. (more)

Department of Education and Early Learning Staff Tour Remodeled Causey’s Learning Center Next year, Causey’s Learning Center will operate 5 Seattle Preschool Program classrooms in the Central District. (more)

  • First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk Action Team Meeting: June 13, 6:30pm (more)
  • Stormwater Training: June 14, 3pm (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: June 14, 6pm (more)
  • Capitol Hill Renter Initiative Meeting: June 14, 6pm (more)
  • #EducationSoWhite: June 15, 7:30pm (more)
  • Transit Talks - Moments in Motion: June 15, 6pm (more)
  • Protect Your Pet - Vaccination & License Clinic: June 17, 10am (more)
  • Jimi Hendrix Park Grand Opening: June 17, 12-5pm (more)
  • East Precinct Advisory Council Meeting: June 22, 6:30pm (more)
  • Council Hearing on 23rd Ave Rezones: June 26, 5:30pm (more)
  • ACT Now - Community Brainstorm at Optimism Brewing: June 27, 7pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Neighbors Invited to Help Plan Little Brook Find It, Fix It Community Walk The Little Brook walk will be held on Monday, August 14 and will follow a route determined by community members serving on its Community Walk Action Team. (more)

Community-initiated Project: Holman Rd NW and 13th Ave NW 
Community members concerned about the safety of students crossing at this location requested a new traffic signal. Get an update on the project. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Shannon & Wilson Building in Fremont 
The public is invited to attend the July 19 meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Park in the Heart at Ballard Commons 
Check out this Arts in Parks funded kids’ craft table in Ballard Commons Park. (more)

  • Youth Opportunity Fund Information Session: June 14, 3:30pm (more)
  • May High Tea - Natural Disasters: Preparing Yourself, Your Family, & Your Neighbors: June 15, 2pm (more)
  • World Dance in Lake City: June 16, 6-9pm (more)
  • Sustainable NE Seattle Urban Farmers Garden Tour: June 17, 10am - 2pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: June 20, 7pm (more)
  • City of Seattle/University of Washington Committee Advisory Committee Meeting: June 27, 6pm (more)
  • Lake City Future First Community Conversation: June 28, 6:30pm (more)

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PO Box 94649; Seattle, WA 98124-4649
Phone: 206-684-0464      Fax: 206-233-5142
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124, United States
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