Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

I recently saw a post that said “bring back the neighborhood voice.” I thought this was interesting, and it raised a few questions for me.

First, where did the neighborhood voice go? That’s really a rhetorical question. I can honestly say that the neighborhood voice is alive and well and it never went away. In fact, it has been amplified…but we can discuss that in a future post.

The bigger question I had was what is the neighborhood voice, or better yet, WHO is the neighborhood voice? The statement “bring back the neighborhood voice” makes it sound like there is just one voice that represents all neighborhoods—one voice being the representative opinion.

That’s a huge responsibility, as well as unrealistic. This is exactly why we are working so hard to broaden access points and create more opportunities to participate. There is not one voice that speaks for all of us just as there is not one way to engage everyone.

Who is the neighborhood voice? It’s you, and me, and virtually everyone we know. We are all unique with our experiences, and we have a wide array of opinions. It’s one of the few things we all have in common - we are neighbors! So, bring back the neighborhood voice? We are working to lift it up, move it forward, and have it be heard.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Scoping Comment Period Extended for ADU/Backyard Cottage Environmental Impact Statement To give people more time to submit comments, the scoping comment period has been extended 15 days to November 16. (more)

2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department. (more)

Engaging Aging Forum to Focus on Women, Equity, and Optimal Aging Save the date! Age Friendly Seattle is hosting this forum on November 6. Equity topics include economic security, the intersection of ageism, racism, and sexism, caregiving, home ownership, employment, women's health, and more. (more)

Park Inspection Volunteers Needed for New Program A new program invites community members to assist Seattle Parks and Recreation in regularly surveying our parks in a systematic and transparent way. (more)

Read the City of Seattle Growth and Livability Report This report highlights how City planning, policies, partnerships, and investments across multiple departments are working together to maintain a high quality of life as we grow. (more)

Green Seattle Day is November 4 Join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City. All community members are welcome! (more)

Free Sandbags for Flood-Prone Areas 
Storm season is underway and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is offering a limited number of free, filled sandbags to households or business owners in flood-prone areas. (more)

The Why, When and How of Encampment Cleanups Learn about the City's strategies for addressing the public health and safety issues that accompany many of the unauthorized encampments around Seattle. (more)

Attend an Advocacy Camp on November 16 Advocacy Camp informs young professionals interested in local, state and national politics how to best advocate for the issues most important to them and their community. (more)

Civic Cocktail - City Hall in Motion & #MeToo: November 1, 6pm (more)

Seattle Renters' Commission Meeting: November 6, 6pm (more)


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

  • Accessory Dwelling Units Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (Learn More)
  • Puget Sound Regional Council's Draft Centers Framework Proposal (Learn More)
  • Seattle Resilience Survey (Learn More)
  • 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey (Learn More)

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

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Lincoln Park South Play Area Renovation Survey Seattle Parks and Recreation is interested in finding out more about how you use the south play area at Lincoln Park and what you'd like to see for improvements. (more)

Historic Georgetown Steam Plant Powers Graphic Novel The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle City Light has selected David Lasky and Mairead Case to create a fictionalized graphic novel about the historic Georgetown Steam Plant. (more)

West Seattle Community Access and Parking Questionnaire Provide your feedback by October 31. (more)

Longfellow Creek Celebration
Bring your neighbors, friends, and family to celebrate over 25 years of community engagement with Longfellow Creek on November 5, 2017. (more)


  • Boo Bash at the Beach: October 31, 4-7pm (more)
  • Judkins Park Station Access Study Final Workshop: November 2, 5:30pm (more)
  • Columbia & Hillman City Neighborhood Meet & Greet: November 2, 6:30pm (more)
  • South Park Resource Fair: November 4, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Delridge Grocery Cooperative Annual Member Meeting: November 4, 10am (more)
  • Somali Health Board's 5th Annual Health Fair: November 4, 9am (more)
  • Longfellow Creek Celebration: November 5, 1-4pm (more)
  • Know the Code - Understanding Seattle's Rental Regulations: November 6, 1pm (more)
  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic: November 8, 6pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Changes for Late Night Parking in Capitol Hill To better manage parking in Capitol Hill, Seattle Department of Transportation will now charge for parking until 10 pm so that visitors have an easier chance to find parking near their destinations. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Needs Input for Renovation of David Rodgers Park Play Area This project will replace play equipment, provide access for people with disabilities, and improve safety and other features at the park. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of 55 Bell Street Building for Landmark Status The public is invited to attend the meeting on November 15 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

  • Swedish First Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: November 1, 5:30pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Community Council Meeting: November 1, 7:30pm (more)
  • Light Up Your Ride 2017 - Bicycle Commuting & Safety Meet-up: November 2, 7-9am (more)
  • Judkins Park Station Access Study Final Workshop: November 2, 5:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Hmong New Year 2017: November 4, 11am-6pm (more)
  • Madison Park Community Council Meeting: November 6, 7pm (more)
  • Belltown Community Council - OVG KeyArena Presentation: November 8, 6pm (more)
  • Stop the Bleed Training: November 11, 9am-12pm (more)
  • Capitol Hill Design Guidelines Update Open House: November 16, 5pm (more)
  • North Downtown Mobility Action Plan Community Workshop: November 18, 10am-4pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Begins Repairs on Burke-Gilman Trail Sections in Northeast Seattle This project will repair sections of the trail, remove areas of asphalt in disrepair, remove invasive roots that are causing upheaval, and replace those sections with new asphalt. (more)

Northwest Seattle Community Meeting Scheduled for November 6 
Northwest Seattle residents, employees, and businesses are invited to a community open house as well as an informational meeting for Seattle City Light’s seven surplus properties in the area. (more)

28th Avenue Street Murals in Lake City Working through Seattle Department of Transportation’s “Pavement to Parks” program, 28th Avenue NE is receiving a vibrant street mural in addition to painted crosswalks to bookend the street to provide safer pedestrian passage. (more)

  • University/Ravenna Neighborhood Meet & Greet: November 1, 6:30pm (more)
  • Lake City World Dance Party: November 3, 6-9pm (more)
  • Ballard Community Open House: November 6, 6-7pm (more)
  • City Light NW Seattle Property Disposition Community Information Meeting: November 6, 7pm (more)
  • Aurora Licton Urban Village November Meeting: November 9, 7pm (more)
  • City of Seattle/University of Washington Committee Advisory Committee Meeting: November 14, 6:30pm (more)
  • Lake City Community Conversation: November 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • Christie Park Addition Public Meeting: November 16, 6pm (more)

Header image: Participants at the 2016 Northgate Neighborhood Halloween Pumpkin Party - a Neighborhood Matching Fund project (photo by Thomas Uemoto)
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