Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

The holiday season is now in full swing. Temperatures are dropping, rain is falling, and plans are being made. Though it is easy to get distracted by the fixings of the season, there is still work to be done. And that is my focus right now.

I have the good fortune to work in a department that is full of dedicated individuals who inspire me every day. It is a department staffed by people who have worked here for decades, as well as people who have worked here for days. Each has their talents and their job at hand, but each is here because they believe.

We believe that being a public servant is an honor. We believe that it is our job to hear your voice. We believe that communities are resourceful as well as our greatest resource.

Those are just a few of the things that motivate us: the list goes on! 

2017 has been a challenging but incredibly productive year. I am thankful for a team that has ushered in, identified, and embraced best practices. I am grateful that we have continued to enhance the programs we are known for while making room for new endeavors. I appreciate that we are continually learning new skills and turning obstacles into opportunities.

And, I am thankful for YOU…for contributing to your community and your city every day!
- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board Seeks New Members Board members are typically frequent users of our pedestrian network and represent a variety of ages, levels of mobility, and diverse communities. Help make walking in Seattle safer and easier - apply by January 26. (more)

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

Seattle Department of Transportation Launches New dotMaps This interactive project coordination will help improve visibility into city construction and minimize road work impacts on the public. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Winter Program Brochures Now Available From preschool programs and licensed school-age care to citywide athletics, pool programs, and community center classes, there is something for everyone. (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)

Navigating Seattle Traffic Without Losing Your Mind 
Join this meet-up on December 12, hosted by Seattle Department of Transportation and TransitCenter, and be prepared to completely nerd out on future transportation planning, policy, and innovation. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Announces 2017 Denny Award Winners Celebrate these outstanding volunteers at the awards ceremony on December 12. (more)

Seattle Renters' Commission Meeting: December 4, 6pm This commission was established to represent diverse renter voices across the city. Its purpose is to provide information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, Seattle City Council, and departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters. (more)

Community Involvement Commission Meeting: December 18, 6pm This commission advises the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and other City departments on coordinated, Citywide outreach and engagement activities. (more)


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

  • City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan Updates (Learn More)
  • King County Metro - Upgrading Route 120 (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)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Needs Input for Renovation of the South Play Area at Lincoln Park Attend the public meeting on November 29 or share your thoughts via online survey. (more)

Give Your Feedback on the East Marginal Way Corridor Improvement Project Seattle Department of Transportation has released its recommended designs and seeks further public input. (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)
  • Revealing Today's NW Coastal Peoples Gallery Show: November 30, 3:30-6:30pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Light Up the Beach Holiday Challenge 2017: December 1, 5-8pm (more)
  • Trees for Seattle Luna Park Work Party: December 2, 10am (more)
  • Mount Baker Home Tour: December 2, 10am (more)
  • Earthquake Home Retrofit Class: December 2, 10:30am (more)
  • Community Information Session - Increased ICE Arrests of Refugees: December 6, 5:15pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of P.J. Sullivan House for Landmark Status The public is invited to attend the meeting on December 20 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools to Plan Together on Future Schools This historic new partnership will include plans for a new Memorial Stadium and the potential of a new school at Seattle Center, provide land for a new downtown elementary school, and allow the school district to join the Fort Lawton Redevelopment Agreement process. (more)

Mercer Signal Timing Update Seattle Department of Transportation has successfully decreased the time drivers sit in traffic along the Mercer corridor. (more)

  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: November 28, 6pm (more)
  • Capitol Hill Historical Society Meeting: December 2, 2pm (more)
  • Madison Park Community Council Meeting: December 4, 7pm (more)
  • Smith Cove Park Development Public Meeting: December 5, 6pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Community Council Meeting: December 6, 7:30pm (more)
  • I-5 Colonnade Cleanup and Maintenance: December 9, 10am-3pm (more)
  • Work Party in Volunteer Park: December 9, 10am-12pm (more)
  • Transit Talks - Transportation Ideas for a New Mayor: December 14, 5pm (more)
  • Someday We’ll All Be Free - A Conversation about Abolition: December 15, 6:30pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Volunteers Needed to Advise on Zoning Modification to Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant a zoning modification requested for Robert Eagle Staff Middle School located at 1330 N. 90th Street. (more)

Give Your Feedback: On-Street Parking Changes in Wallingford
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)

Loyal Heights Play Area Renovations 
Seattle Parks and Recreation is installing new play equipment and improving accessibility at the Loyal Heights play area. Share your feedback on this project at a public meeting on December 11 or via online survey. (more)

Nickelsville Ballard Permitted to Stay in Place Until Mid-December The City of Seattle approved an extended permit to allow the Nickelsville Ballard encampment to remain in place on Market Street until the new location in Northlake (3814 Fourth Ave. NE) is ready to welcome its residents. (more)

  • Jane Addams Middle School Landscape Design Review Meeting: November 29, 6:30pm (more)
  • Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards Weekend: December 3, 11am-2pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee Meeting: December 5, 6:30pm (more)
  • Welcoming Wallingford's December Night With Neighbors: December 6, 5:30pm (more)
  • Pathway of Lights at Green Lake: December 9, 4:30-7:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Public Library Lake City Branch Renovations Public Meeting: December 11, 6:30pm (more)

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