Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

Creating opportunities. Broadening access. Encouraging participation. You’ve heard these descriptors for quite some time as we apply an equity lens on how we do outreach and engagement. Now we are starting to see the fruits of our labor - literally “seeing” - as we roll out some videos.

As the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) continues to focus on those key actions - creating, broadening, and encouraging - we are bringing new tools online. We understand that we cannot force people to participate BUT we can make it easier. And that’s why we have been busy behind the scenes building a new Community Resource Hub (coming soon) and creating a series of videos. We are doing this work because we know not everyone can attend an open house or forum to learn about various resources. Those constraints shouldn’t hamper your ability to get involved.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) team has been hosting open houses over the years throughout the city, letting people know about our NMF program. And now, in addition to these meetings, we have an introductory video that educates people about the program. Educating, informing, and turning obstacles into opportunities. That’s DON!

We have so many fabulous resources available for communities throughout the city. We hope these types of videos let even more people know about them. So, here’s to new tools and new ways of engaging. We hope you enjoy. 

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Give Your Input on the Development of the Community Service Officer Program The City is now working to start a new Community Service Officer program that will support community-led strategies that lead to a reduction in criminal justice system involvement for communities of color. (more)

Seattle Department of Transportation Kicks Off Operation TREEAGE Crews are clearing overgrowth from sidewalks and walkways around Seattle’s 59 public elementary schools so kids have a clear and safe path to walk to class. (more)

Making Energy Upgrades to Vital Community Resources $350,000 grant will fund energy efficiency upgrades at South Park Neighborhood Center, Central Area Senior Center, Northwest Senior Center, Centerstone, Greenwood Senior Center, and Neighborcare at Columbia City. (more)

Mayor Nominates Two to Community Police Commission Mayor Murray nominated Colleen Echohawk and Emma Catague to serve on the Community Police Commission (CPC), the City’s panel of community members and stakeholders monitoring reform and accountability of the Seattle Police Department. (more)

Learn More About Secure Scheduling via Upcoming Webinars on August 28, September 14, and September 20 The Seattle Office of Labor Standards is hosting these webinars to teach employers/employees about the Secure Scheduling requirements for hourly employees enacted this summer. (more)

Office of Arts & Culture Allocates $1.25m for Cultural Spaces The fund increase is in direct response to the needs to preserve cultural space and support affordability in our rapidly growing city. (more)

Attend a Free Information Session on Rental Housing Rules: September 14 
Learn about the City of Seattle's Source of Income protections, engage with community organizations, and meet with an investigator to discuss filing a claim of discrimination. (more)

Join the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission The commission is looking for a new member to fill Position # 2 (urban ecologist). Apply by October 20. (more)


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

  • Community Service Officer Program (Learn More)
  • South King Street Neighborhood Greenway (Learn More)
  • Rainier Ave S Corridor Project - Phase 2 (Learn More)

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

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Mayor Announces $250,000 for Duwamish River Neighborhood Projects This fund provides support to projects that increase the sustainability of the Duwamish River neighborhoods impacted by the Superfund clean-up. (more)

Participants Needed to Advise on Zoning Modifications to Wing Luke Elementary School Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications desired for the renovation and addition to the Wing Luke Elementary School. (more)

West Seattle Junction Park Development Seattle Parks and Recreation is designing a new park at the West Seattle Junction Landbanked site and they want your input. (more)

Rainier Ave S Corridor Project - Phase 2 Online Open House 
Learn about the street design alternatives and give your feedback - now through August 31. (more)

Funding Milestone Reached for Lander St Bridge in SODO
Memorandum of understanding directs up to $10 million from Port of Seattle towards completing the South Lander St bridge project and $5 million towards solutions for a broader approach to ease traffic and improve safety on major freight and transit corridors throughout Seattle. (more)


  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: August 23, 7pm (more)
  • 2017 Summer Concerts at Hiawatha: August 24, 6:30pm (more)
  • Safe Routes to School - Party in the Park at Brighton Playfield: August 25, 1-5pm (more)
  • Duwamish River Festival / Festival del Río Duwamish: August 26, 12-6pm (more)
  • West Seattle Car Show Drop-In Leak Check Event: August 26, 10am-3pm (more)
  • West Seattle Parks Walking Tour with Guidebook Author Linnea Westerlind: August 26, 10am (more)
  • SODO Summer Session: August 26, 10am-9pm (more)
  • Citizenship Clinic at Rainier Beach Community Center: August 26, 10am-1pm (more)
  • South Park Community Meeting: August 29, 7pm (more)
  • Delridge Grocery Cooperative Market Study Results Town Hall: August 30, 6:30pm (more)
  • San Gennaro Festival: September 8 - 10 (more)
  • West Seattle Junction Park Development Open House: September 10, 10am-2pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Volunteers Needed to Advise on Development Plans for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center (formerly Group Health) Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested community members from surrounding neighborhoods to participate on the Kaiser Permanente Standing Advisory Committee. (more)

South King St Neighborhood Greenway Survey Seattle Department of Transportation is creating a network of family-friendly residential streets for people walking and biking to connect Chinatown, Little Saigon, and Judkins Park neighborhoods. Explore the recommendations and offer your feedback. (more)

Registration Open for Central Area Restructuring Walking Tour Join The Urbanist and American Institute of Architects' Seattle Urban Design Forum on 8/26 for this tour of the changing structural landscape of Seattle's Central Area. (more)

  • Disaster Skills Workshop: August 22, 6pm (more)
  • It Happened Here: 5 Tales of Maynard Ave and King St: August 23 & 30, 12pm (more)
  • Career Masters-Toastmasters: August 24 & 31, 12pm (more)
  • Community Involvement Commission Meeting: August 24, 6pm (more)
  • East Precinct Advisory Committee Monthly Meeting: August 24, 6:30pm (more)
  • Belltown Crush Block Party, August 26, 2-6pm (more)
  • Bánh mì Fest: Celebrate Little Saigon: August 27, 12-7pm (more)
  • Little Saigon Crosswalk Launch Party: August 27, 12:30pm (more)
  • Streets & Beets - Self-Guided Farm Tour: August 27, 12-7pm (more)
  • Seattle Police Department West Precinct Community Picnic: August 29, 4-7pm (more)
  • What Every American Should Know: August 30, 7pm (more)
  • Block Party - Finding Freeway Park: September 9, 10am-6pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Northgate Neighborhood Greenway Updates Learn about the project and share your feedback by August 27. (more)

Greenwood-Phinney Park Development 
Learn about the revised site plan and give feedback on the proposed graphic design for the raised crosswalk between the library and the park. (more)

Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge Project Online Open House Get updates on the revised design and give your feedback - now through August 24. (more)

Join U District Partnership (UDP) Board of Directors UDP is looking for individuals from the University District neighborhood to join their Board of Directors for a three year term which would run from January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2020. (more)

  • City of Seattle/University of Washington Community Advisory Committee Meeting: August 22, 6pm (more)
  • Eagle Staff and Cascadia Murals Unveiling: August 25, 5pm (more)
  • RainWise 101 Workshop: August 26, 11:30am (more)
  • Safe Routes to Eagle Staff - Party in the Park: August 26, 1-5pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop in Northgate: August 30, 6pm (more)
  • Lake City Community Conversation: August 30, 6:30pm (more)
  • Lake City North Precinct Advisory Committee Meeting: September 6, 7pm (more)
  • Laurelhurst Salmon Bake, September 7, 5:30pm (more)
  • Green Lake Wellness Fair: September 8 & 9 (more)
  • Sustainable Ballard Festival: September 9, 11am-4pm (more)

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