Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

The Find It, Fix It Community Walks were initiated in 2014 to help improve neighborhoods one block at a time. Originally managed by the Mayor’s Office, the program officially moved to the Department of Neighborhoods in 2016. As we believe in building community block by block and know that the foundation for a strong city is strong communities, this move made perfect sense. 

We recently marked the fourth year of this program by conducting six walks throughout the city with more than 200 community participants. In 2017, 28 bags of litter were collected; 7 community grants were awarded; 209 issues were identified and 93 of these issues have already been resolved; 10 illegal dumps were cleaned; 16 potholes were filled; and 3 areas of overgrown vegetation were cleared.

In other words, we found it and we fixed it!

As we prepare for a new Mayor to take office in just two weeks, we are busy imagining the possibilities for 2018. Over the years, we have seen these walks evolve – from Neighborhood Action Team Seattle (NATS) to Clean and Green events, from Community Town Halls to the Find It, Fix It walks. The common thread through all of these programs is that they were driven by communities. We hope to continue that. 

Community members are resourceful and our best resource. We don’t know what these walks will look like in 2018, but we know they will be responsive, community-led, and focused on being a high-impact service strategy. 
- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Scoping Comment Period Closes November 16 for ADU/Backyard Cottage Environmental Impact Statement The City of Seattle is proposing to change regulations in the Land Use Code to remove barriers to the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family zones. (more)

Members Sought for Seattle’s Design Review Boards Passionate about design or architecture? Mayor Tim Burgess is looking for qualified candidates to fill 15 upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. (more)

Free Extra Yard Waste Pickup for Seattle Customers in November Seattle Public Utilities provides this benefit to encourage residents to help keep storm drains clear of fallen leaves. (more)

Seattle Teens: Join the Seattle Youth Commission The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is currently recruiting to fill two vacancies on the Seattle Youth Commission – one youth from District 7 and one youth from anywhere in the city. (more)

Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs to Host Citizenship Mega-Workshop on February 3 A team of volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and interpreters will help legal permanent residents (aka “green card holders”) with their citizenship applications and will offer other forms of immigration legal assistance. (more)

Celebrating Volunteers at the 2017 Denny Awards 
Seattle Parks and Recreation is gearing up to celebrate their volunteers at the Denny Awards on December 12. (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)

Community Involvement Commission Meeting: November 20, 6pm (more)


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)
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)

Offer Public Comment on the South Park Landfill Cleanup The Department of Ecology invites you to comment on several documents related to the investigation and cleanup of the South Park Landfill site. (more)


  • NeighborhoodTALKS - SE Seattle: November 14, 6pm (more)
  • Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Work Party: November 15, 12pm (more)
  • Sound Transit Info on West Seattle Light Rail: November 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • West Seattle Timebank Gathering: November 16, 6:30pm (more)
  • Hillman City Community Clean Up: November 18, 9am (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: November 22, 7pm (more)
  • South Park Landfill Public Meeting: November 28, 6:30pm (more)
  • Disaster Preparedness - The Basics: November 29, 6pm (more)
  • Green Dot High School Departure Advisory Committee Public Meeting: November 30, 6pm (more)
  • Trees for Seattle Luna Park Work Party: December 2, 10am (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Coordinating Street Construction Work Around Pioneer Square Four exciting and pivotal downtown street upgrade projects are in progress, or about to get started, in and around Pioneer Square. (more)

First Executive Director of LANGSTON Hired LANGSTON, the new non-profit arts organization recently established after an extensive community process to guide programming intended to strengthen and advance community through Black arts and culture, announces the selection of Tim Lennon as Executive Director. (more)

Capitol Hill Design Guidelines Update Open House on November 16 Come meet the team, learn more about design guidelines update, and share your thoughts about design of new development on Capitol Hill. (more)

  • Uptown Alliance General Meeting: November 14, 7pm (more)
  • Capitol Hill Design Guidelines Update Open House: November 16, 5pm (more)
  • North Downtown Mobility Action Plan Community Workshop: November 18, 10am-4pm (more)
  • Trees for Seattle Interbay Work Party: November 18, 10am (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: November 28, 6pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Community Council Meeting: December 6, 7:30pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Give Your Feedback: On-Street Parking Changes in Wallingford The Seattle Department of Transportation recently completed a parking study of residential streets in Wallingford. See the results and share your thoughts on potential changes. (more)

Review Design Options for Christie Park Expansion 
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a meeting on Thursday, November 16 to provide input on the design options for Christie Park and the park expansion project. (more)

Investors Sought to Develop Building 2 at Magnuson Park Building 2 is the largest former airplane hangar in Warren G. Magnuson Park. Seattle Parks and Recreation would like to meet with interested people and organizations willing to invest in Building 2 and explore options and possibilities for its development. All ideas are welcome. (more)

2017 Pathway of Lights at Green Lake On Saturday, December 9 from 4:30-7:30 p.m., come stroll the glimmering Green Lake circuit, paths, and docks which will be lit with thousands of twinkling candles. (more)

  • City of Seattle/University of Washington Committee Advisory Committee Meeting: November 14, 6:30pm (more)
  • Lake City Community Conversation on Emergency Preparedness: November 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • Public Hearing - Disposal of Surplus City Light Green Spaces: November 16, 7pm (more)
  • Christie Park Addition Public Meeting: November 16, 6pm (more)
  • North Seattle College Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: November 20, 6pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: November 21, 7pm (more)

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