Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

We survived! The temperature is dropping and the air quality is improving. Though conditions were not ideal, we still spent lots of time outside over the last few weeks. There was Rainier BAAMFest, Live in D5, Umoja Fest, and, of course, Night Out. The Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival is quickly approaching and we are already starting to think about PARK(ing) Day. Summer is the season for events and the Department of Neighborhoods is out and about.

Visible and valuable. That is our mantra as we strive to be everywhere. You can often find us tabling - asking people what they need and letting them know what we do. We offer information, provide updates, introduce resources…the list goes on. Most importantly, we listen and we learn.

Check out our blog to see a list of the events where you can find us in the coming weeks.

If there’s an event or a meeting you’d like us to attend, please let us know. Being out and about in the community, connecting dots and building blocks is the best part of our job.

Hope to hear from you soon.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Seattle Parks and Recreation Launches Fall Program Registration Check out the offerings - from preschool programs and licensed school-age care to citywide athletics, pool programs, and community center classes. (more)

Seattle City Light Begins Advanced Metering Upgrade City Light will replace more than 420,000 meters across its service territory by the end of 2018. (more)

Seattle’s Recent Housing Construction Focused in Urban Villages Over the last 18 months, Seattle has added more than 10,000 new homes, with 85 percent of all housing construction occurring inside the city’s urban centers and urban villages. (more)

Rental Regulations in Seattle Webinar: August 9 This workshop is designed to help landlords navigate rental regulations and access information. (more)

Navigation Center Opens to Pets, Possessions & Partners Seattle’s Navigation Center is a dormitory-style living facility that provides shower, bathroom, and laundry facilities, as well as meals and a place to store personal belongings. (more)

Mayor Murray Proposes Improvements to Design Review Program The legislation strengthens community input on major projects and streamlines the review process to reduce delays and costs associated with new building construction. (more)

Young Professionals in Transportation Hosting Seattle Transportation Camp on August 12 
Attendees will be given the opportunity to explore transportation topics, ideas, and emerging trends with fellow transportation professionals, students, and enthusiasts in a welcoming environment. (more)

Seattle CityClub's Civic Boot Camps on Immigration are coming up on August 11, 18 and 25 Increase your awareness about current immigration issues and actions you can take to support immigrants in the community. (more)

City of Seattle Awards $430,000 for Digital Equity This year, the funds will help more than 6,000 residents in underserved or underrepresented communities, including immigrant and refugee communities, seniors, and people with disabilities. (more)


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

  • Overlook Walk Online Open House (Learn More)
  • Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement (Learn More)
  • Faith and Community Based Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Initiative (Learn More)
  • Puget Sound Regional Council's Transportation 2040 Questionnaire (Learn More)

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

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Seattle’s Fifth Streatery Now Open at Jude’s Old Town in Rainier Beach The project, partially funded by our Neighborhood Matching Fund, converts a parking space on 57th Ave S into additional space for outdoor dining and a new public gathering place on the block. (more)

Seattle Police Department Community Picnics in Southwest (August 12) & South (August 19) Precincts Precinct Picnics provide opportunities for each precinct’s surrounding neighborhoods to come together and enjoy an afternoon of celebration with the officers that protect their families and businesses. (more)

Fourth Annual Camp Momentia at Camp Long Sept 9 & 10 Camp Momentia is an inclusive day camp experience for people living with dementia and their loved ones hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation and partner organizations. (more)

Electronic Equipment Upgrades Planned in SODO 
Starting in early August 2017, Seattle City Light will be supporting enhanced cellular and data services by upgrading electronic equipment to utility poles. (more)


  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic: August 9, 6pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Action Coalition Meeting: August 10, 6:30pm (more)
  • Duwamish Native Art Market & Jumble Days: August 11 & 12, 10am-4pm (more)
  • Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival: August 12, 11am-3:30pm (more)
  • Bicycle Sundays along Lake Washington Blvd.: August 13, 20, & 27; 10am-6pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop in Beacon Hill: August 15, 6pm (more)
  • West Seattle Timebank Gathering: August 17, 6:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Parks' Big Day of Play: August 19, 11am-5pm (more)
  • Free Auto Leaks Workshop: August 19 & 26, 9am (more)
  • Puget Sound Beekeepers Association Kids' Day: August 19, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Career & Community Resource Fair at the Filipino Community Center: August 19, 10am-3pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Vietnamese Culture Celebrated while Crossing the Street in Little Saigon Check out the new community crosswalks at 12th Ave S and S Jackson St. (more)

Mayor Murray Signs 23rd Avenue Mandatory Housing Affordability Measure City Council unanimously passed the measure requiring new development to create more affordable housing and to promote preservation of community businesses and landmarks in the neighborhood. (more)

Share Feedback on Central Ridge Neighborhood Greenway Proposal Seattle Department of Transportation wants to hear your thoughts on their plans for a new north-south neighborhood greenway to be built as soon as 2019. (more)

Seattle Police Department West Precinct Community Picnic on August 29 Precinct Picnics provide opportunities for each precinct’s surrounding neighborhoods to come together and enjoy an afternoon of celebration with the officers that protect their families and businesses. (more)

  • Secure Scheduling Basics Webinar: August 10, 5pm (more)
  • Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Open House: August 10, 5-8pm (more)
  • Light Search and Rescue Training: August 15, 6pm (more)
  • Protect Your Pet - Vaccination & License Clinic: August 19, 10am (more)
  • BrasilFest: August 20, 11am-7pm (more)
  • Discover Music in the Park Concert: August 20, 1pm (more)
  • Harborview Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: August 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • The Beauty of Africa: August 22, 6pm (more)
  • Disaster Skills Workshop: August 22, 6pm (more)
  • East Precinct Advisory Committee Monthly meeting: August 24, 6:30pm (more)
  • Streets & Beets - Self-Guided Farm Tour: August 27, 12-7pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Northgate Neighborhood Greenway Updates Learn about the project and share your feedback, August 3 - 24. (more)

District 4 Public Safety Open House on August 16 
City officials will be available to answer your public safety related questions, address your concerns, and provide helpful resources. (more)

Carkeek Park Trails Restoration Starting Monday, August 14 the Seattle Parks and Recreation Trails Program will be rerouting the lower section of Carkeek Park’s Viewlands Trail. (more)

Lake City Future First and Value Village Partner On Mural Project If you would like to volunteer to help fill in the mural there is a painting party on Saturday, August 12th from 10am-4pm. (more)

Pedestrian Signal Installation at Aurora Ave N and N 92nd St Travelers can expect lane closures and parking restrictions for the next few weeks. (more)

  • City of Seattle/University of Washington Community Advisory Committee Meeting: August 8, 6pm (more)
  • Northgate Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Project Drop-in Event, August 9, 4:30-6pm (more)
  • Lake City Neighborhood Alliance Meeting: August 10, 6:30pm (more)
  • Baker Park Addition Public Meeting/Open House: August 12, 1-3pm (more)
  • Little Brook Find It, Fix It Community Event: August 14, 5:30-7:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Children's Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: August 14, 6pm (more)
  • U Bridge Business Event - Zoning: August 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: August 15, 7pm (more)
  • RainWise 101 Workshop: August 15, 7pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop in Northgate: August 30, 6pm (more)

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