Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we are wrapping up loose ends and closing out many items. This process serves as a reminder that much of what we do is behind the scenes. So, I wanted to take a moment to provide a glimpse of what we are doing when we are not attending a meeting or advocating for a community issue.

We have stood up and are managing two new commissions, the Community Involvement Commission and the Seattle Renters’ Commission. We are conducting an inventory of the city’s Public Involvement Plans and identifying best practices for community outreach. And, in ways both large and small, we are continuing to improve our beloved programs such as the Neighborhood Matching Fund and P-Patch Community Gardening to make them more efficient, effective, and accessible. 

We have received so many great suggestions from community members that highlight prevailing needs and wants, ranging from assistance with bylaws to ideas about venues to help reaching other community groups to making it easier to find resources for seniors. I just want you to know that we have heard you and we are working to make your ideas a reality. 

In the coming weeks and months, we hope to begin rolling out the fruits of that labor. This will include a Community Resource Hub which will act as a one-stop shop for city-related information and resources, an online directory of community based organizations, a venue mapping program that will indicate WiFi and ADA compliance (among other features), and more educational and informative videos in multiple languages. The list goes on.

Many of these ideas came from you! We have been working hard to implement them and we look forward to sharing these tools soon. In the meantime, keep the ideas and suggestions coming. We’re listening!

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Get Engaged Hot Sheet: December 12-19 We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get involved in your City and your community. Here are 5 things you can do this week to GET ENGAGED! (more)

City of Seattle Fair Chance Housing Public Comment Meeting on December 14 In August 2017, the City of Seattle passed legislation to help prevent discrimination in housing against renters who live with criminal history. At this meeting you can learn more about the legislation, the proposed rules and FAQs, and provide your comments and concerns. (more)

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)

Mayor Durkan Creates City’s First Small Business Advisory Council This new council will be tasked with ensuring small businesses have a role in informing policies and programs as well as access to resources. (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)

New Seattle Accessible Route Planner Check out this online tool that helps travelers, particularly those of us living with disabilities, to navigate the city’s sidewalks, curb ramps, and street crossings. (more)

Read the Draft Soft Surface Trails Maintenance Plan 
This plan from Seattle Parks and Recreation will be a guiding document for the City and the community when addressing the overall maintenance of our City's nearly 100 miles of trails. (more)

Get a 2018 Legislative Preview Join Seattle CityClub on January 5 as the top leadership from both sides of the aisle of the Washington State Legislature take an in-depth look at the top priorities for the upcoming session and what impact they have on individuals and communities. (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 Fair Chance Housing (Learn More)
  • Seattle Department of Transportation On-Street Parking Survey (Learn More)
  • Draft 2018-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (Learn More)
  • Roosevelt RapidRide (Learn More)

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

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
South Park Community Center Study Survey Do you visit the South Park Community Center or live in South Park and play on the playfield or at the play area? Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to hear from you. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Needs Input for Renovation of the South Play Area at Lincoln Park Attend the public meeting on January 24 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)


  • Soft Surface Trails Maintenance Plan Public Meeting: December 13, 7pm (more)
  • Being a Better Ally Workshop: December 16, 1-4pm (more)
  • West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails Steering Committee Meeting: December 19, 7pm (more)
  • Duwamish Valley Safe Streets December Meet-Up: December 20, 6:30pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Connecting Magnolia Bike Commuters to the City Bike Network Magnolia will soon be better connected to the citywide bike network with a new protected bike lane (PBL) along Gilman Avenue W. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Invites the Community to Open House on 12/14 for Cal Anderson Park Lighting Study This is an opportunity for the community to learn about and provide feedback on potential changes to lighting at Cal Anderson Park. (more)

International Special Review District Announces Results of Annual Board Election Learn about the newly elected candidates who start their first terms this month. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of 820 John Street for Landmark Status The public is invited to attend the meeting on January 3 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

  • Transit Talks - Transportation Ideas for a New Mayor: December 14, 5pm (more)
  • Cal Anderson Park Lighting Study Open House: December 14, 5-8pm (more)
  • Someday We’ll All Be Free - A Conversation about Abolition: December 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • First Hill Public Meeting: January 9, 5:30pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Ravenna Woods Encampment Cleanup Recap Following multiple outreach visits, the City’s Navigation Team, a group of outreach workers and specially trained police officers, removed an unsanctioned encampment from the Ravenna Woods yesterday. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Begins Repairs on Burke-Gilman Trail Sections in NE 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)

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 February 12 or via online survey. (more)

  • Lake City Community Conversation: December 13, 6:30pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council Meeting: December 13, 7pm (more)

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