Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

Last month the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) extended an invitation to many departments across the city to talk, think, and inspire. The topic was “open space” and the room was filled with staff representing OPCD, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities, Office of Sustainability and Environment, and Office of Arts and Culture, to name just a few. The Department of Neighborhoods was honored to be part of the discussion as well.

Open space is a topic of conversation throughout the city and it is a much-desired amenity. The need is growing but our land isn’t, so what do we do? That was the question before us. How do we “grow” public space? What should we be doing and how can we use our space differently? We talked plazas and right-of-way. We talked climate change and water access. We talked swing sets and play fields. We shared memories of yesterday and talked about the big ideas of tomorrow. And, as this city continues to grow, this effort is more important than ever. 

To learn more about this conversation, please visit

And, learn more about DON’s contribution. (Spoiler: DON delivers a rhyme about space, and reminds us to design equity in the place.) 

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Seattle Sidewalk Survey Update Find out what the Seattle Department of Transportation has learned from their ongoing and comprehensive survey of Seattle's sidewalks. (more)

No Bus Service in Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel Sept. 9-10 & Sept. 23-24 (more)

Design Review Changes Public Hearing on September 11 Learn about and offer comment on proposed legislation to change the City’s design review process. (more)

City of Seattle, King County Announce Legal Defense Fund Awardees Over $1.5 million granted to six community organizations to provide legal services and guidance to immigrants and refugees. (more)

City of Seattle Invites Civic Hackers to Take on Challenges of Aging The City of Seattle invites data scientists, developers, designers, urban planners, and anyone with an interest in aging and accessibility to A City for All hackathon September 22-24. (more)

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

Urban Innovations Speaker Series Presents: How Can We Increase Seattle’s Climate Resilience? Learn from international experts how homeowners, new development and local government all play a role in improving Seattle’s climate resilience. (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)

Age Friendly Seattle Pedestrian Potluck on 9/20 A fun and free end of summer potluck for all ages. Learn about pedestrian safety efforts and pick up free safety swag. (more)

September 21 Coffee Hour to Meet Cathy Knight, Director of Aging and Disability Services Bring your questions, input, and ideas on service for older adults and people with disabilities. (more)

Community Involvement Commission Meeting: September 18, 6pm (more)

Seattle Renters' Commission Meeting: October 2, 6pm


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)
Neighbors Invited to Help Plan North Beacon Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk The North Beacon Hill walk will be held on Saturday, October 7 and will follow a route determined by community members and those serving on its Community Walk Action Team. (more)

Temporary Artwork in the Delridge Neighborhood Greenway and Connector Trail  The Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), commissioned seven emerging public artists to create temporary art installations on display through December 31. (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)

Collaborative Outreach in the Spokane Street Corridor
Last week, about 20 outreach professionals representing eight organizations joined the City’s Navigation Team to conduct comprehensive outreach to those living unsheltered along the Spokane Street corridor from Airport Way to First Avenue South. (more)


  • Rainier Vista Back to School and Resource Fair: September 8, 4:30-6:30pm (more)
  • San Gennaro Festival: September 8, 9 & 10 (more)
  • Urbanist Walking Tour - Rainier Valley Safe Streets: September 9, 10am (more)
  • West Seattle Junction Park Development Public Meeting & Open House: September 10, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Light Search and Rescue Training: September 12, 6pm (more)
  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic: September 13, 6pm (more)
  • RainWise Rain Garden Workshop: September 14, 6pm (more)
  • Rainier Court Festival: September 16, 12-4pm (more)
  • Bicycle Sundays along Lake Washington Blvd.: September 17, 10am-6pm (more)
  • West Seattle Timebank Gathering: September 21, 6:30pm (more)
  • Free Auto Leaks Workshop: September 23: 9am-1pm (more)
  • Earthquake Home Retrofit Class: September 23, 10:30am (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Compass Housing Alliance Opens City-Funded Enhanced 24/7 Homeless Shelter The new shelter on First Hill will bring 100 much-needed, new shelter beds to Seattle. (more)

  • Block Party - Finding Freeway Park: September 9, 10am-6pm (more)
  • Stop the Bleed Training: September 9, 9am (more)
  • Public Hearing on Rezone for Uptown Neighborhood: September 11, 5:30pm (more)
  • Cayton Corner Park Community Meeting: September 12, 6:30pm (more)
  • Back to School BBQ at the Miller Community Center: September 13, 3-7pm (more)
  • Swedish First Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: September 13, 5:30pm (more)
  • Protect Your Pet - Vaccination & License Clinic: September 16, 10am (more)
  • Disaster Skills: Basic Aid Training: September 19, 6pm (more)
  • Citizenship Clinic at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington: September 23, 10am-2pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Greenwood-Phinney Landbank Site Demolition Complete The open lawn will be available for community use until park construction begins in spring 2018. (more)

Lake City Community Invited to Celebrate New Skatespot at Virgil Flaim Park on September 9 The Lake City Skatespot project was community-initiated and includes a skatespot with colored concrete, a relocated and resurfaced basketball court, and other park improvements. (more)

11th Annual Festival of Fruit at Carkeek Park FREE and fun for the whole family, the Festival of Fruit will take place on September 16 from 10am - 2pm at Carkeek Park Education Center. (more)

  • Laurelhurst Salmon Bake, September 7, 5:30pm (more)
  • Virgil Flaim Park Ribbon Cutting Celebration: September 9, 11am (more)
  • Sustainable Ballard Festival: September 9, 11am-4pm (more)
  • Disaster Skills: Basic Aid Training: September 13, 6pm (more)
  • 11th Annual Festival of Fruit: September 16, 10am (more)
  • 2017 Wedgwood Community Picnic: September 16, 3-7pm (more)
  • Citizenship Clinic at St. Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church: September 16, 10am-1pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: September 19, 7pm (more)

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