Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

It’s two weeks into the new year and I just hung up my wall calendar. For those that know me, this is a ritual! Though a bit late, the timing is perfect as we have a series of relevant dates quickly approaching.
  • On January 2, we launched this year’s improved Your Voice Your Choice: Parks and Streets program. The pot of money has grown (an added $1M!), and we’ve expanded the time frames for both idea collection and voting. In just two weeks, hundreds of projects have already been submitted! Idea collection is open through February 2, so there’s still time to share your idea: you can do this online or in person at any Seattle Public Library branch.
  • If you want to help shape Your Voice, Your Choice, please consider applying to the program’s Steering Committee. Applications are available online and the deadline to apply is January 19.
  • Another date to note is February 5…that is when applications are due for the winter quarter of our People’s Academy for Community Engagement.
  • Lastly, keep your eyes out for our P-Patch applications which will be distributed in the coming weeks!
Two weeks into the new year and we already have so much going on! Mark your calendars, get involved, and add your voice!

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Submit Your Project Ideas for Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets by February 2

Get the Scoop on Funding for Your Community Projects at Our Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshops

Join the Next Wave of Community Leaders: People’s Academy for Community Engagement Accepting Applications for Winter 2018

Learn More About Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) at Our Citywide Open Houses


Mayor Durkan Proposes “Building a Bridge to Housing for All”: The plan would leverage $11 million from the sale of an underutilized City property to create urgently needed bridge housing for those in our community experiencing homelessness and to support households on the verge of homelessness. (more)

Celebrate Neighbor Day on February 10:
Join us for Seattle’s 24th Annual Neighbor Day and help us kick off 2018 with a celebration of kindness and community! (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Launches 2018 Major Projects Challenge Fund: Does your community group have a proposal on how to renovate, expand, or upgrade a Seattle Parks and Recreation facility or park? Apply for a funding match by March 30! (more)

Free Citizenship Assistance and Immigration Legal Consultations on February 3: Attorneys and experts can help with your citizenship application and provide free legal consultations to answer immigration questions (including end of TPS and DACA). (more)

Join Sound Transit’s Advisory Group for the Future West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions: Sound Transit is seeking approximately five volunteers to serve as community members of the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions Stakeholder Advisory Group. Apply by January 22 at 5pm. (more)

Your Input Wanted on Education and Early Learning Levy: You're invited to attend a community forum on January 20 to discuss the principles and priorities of the upcoming Families and Education Levy. (more)

Metro Bus Hubs Online Open House: The City of Seattle is partnering with King County Metro to help keep buses on schedule through new off-street bus facilities. At this online open house, you can learn more about the Metro Bus Hub Program and also weigh in on design features for the first bus hub. (more)

$5.5 Million Available from Equitable Development Initiative Fund:
Community-based organizations working in Seattle on anti-displacement strategies and economic development opportunities are encouraged to apply for funding by March 5. (more)

Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant: Seattle Public Utilities is now accepting applications for matching grants for community projects focused on waste prevention. Application deadline is February 23. (more)

Apply for the Seattle Youth Employment Program: Youth and young adults 16-24 are eligible to apply for summer internships with City of Seattle departments and other partners. (more)


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

  • Fort Lawton Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) (Learn More)
  • Seattle Department of Transportation On-Street Parking Survey (Learn More)
  • King County Metro Bus Hubs (Learn More)

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

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Volunteers Needed to Advise on Development Plans for Seattle Children’s Hospital: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested community members from surrounding neighborhoods to participate on the Seattle Children’s Hospital Standing Advisory Committee. Send letter of interest by January 30. (more)

Help Feed Salmon at Carkeek Park: The Carkeek Watershed is in need of volunteers for once-a-week commitment of 30-45 minutes from January to May to feed the salmon. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Begins Construction of Gemenskap Park: This park will provide open space for the Ballard neighborhood by converting two full blocks of 14th Ave. NW between NW 59th and NW 61st streets to a new park space. (more)

Volunteers Needed to Advise on Zoning Modification to Daniel Bagley Elementary School: Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant a zoning modification requested for Daniel Bagley Elementary School located at 7821 Stone Ave N. Send letter of interest by January 30. (more)


  • N 34th Mobility Improvements Drop-in at Fremont Brewing: January 23, 4:30pm (more)
  • Jane Addams Middle School Community Landscape Design Meeting: January 25, 6:30pm (more)
  • Phinney Neighborhood Association Pancake Breakfast: January 27, 9am (more)
  • Community Open House - District 4 Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Maps: January 30, 6pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Portion of Hing Hay Park to Close for Gateway Installation: The southwest corner of Hing Hay Park will be fenced off from January 16 to early February while Studio Fifty50 installs the iconic artistic gateway structure for the park. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on the Fort Lawton Draft Environmental Impact Statement: The City's vision for Fort Lawton is an affordable, livable community that creates opportunities for those with low incomes to live in the Magnolia neighborhood, and takes advantage of the opportunity to increase recreational and open space for Seattle. Public comment period extends through January 29. (more)

Setting the Foundation for a Seattle Waterfront Revival: Learn about Seattle's newly finished Elliott Bay Seawall and the future of our city's waterfront. (more)

Volunteers Needed to Advise on Development Plans for Seattle University and Swedish First Hill: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested community members from surrounding neighborhoods to participate on one of the Standing Advisory Committees (SAC) for these two institutions. Send letter of interest by January 19. (more)

  • MOHAI's History Café - Preserving Neighborhood Stories through Oral History (Central District): January 17, 6:30pm (more)
  • Lid I-5 Collaborative - Kickoff Charrette: January 21, 9am-1pm (more)
  • Equitable Development Fund Workshop: January 22, 4pm (more)
  • Black Seattle 2035 - Community Development Update: January 23, 5:30pm (more)
  • Building Our Black Wall Street - Community Economic Development: January 25, 6pm (more)
  • Community Lunch in Freeway Park: January 26, 12pm (more)
  • Community Open House - District 4 Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Maps: January 30, 6pm (more)

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Attend the South Seattle Home Fair on February 10: This is your chance to ask an expert about your planned remodel and get info on the City's permitting process and code requirements. You can also get information about rental housing rules, homeowner assistance, landslide awareness, and much more. (more)

North Beacon Hill Community Volunteers Needed:
Seattle Department of Transportation is looking for youths (16-21 years old) to sit on the North Beacon Hill: Station Access and Mobility Study’s project advisory group. They are especially interested in youths who speak Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, or Somali. (more)

Share Your Input on the Renovation of the South Play Area at Lincoln Park:
Attend the public meeting on January 24 or share your thoughts via online survey. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Opens Renovated Play Area at Georgetown Playfield:
The play area renovation promotes health for all ages by providing state-of-the-art play equipment, fitness equipment, and improved pathways and playfield access. (more)

  • Delridge RapidRide H Drop-in Session: January 17, 5pm (more)
  • Disaster Skills Workshop at Southwest Library Branch: January 17, 5:30pm (more)
  • Equitable Development Fund Workshop in Rainier Valley: January 18, 12pm (more)
  • Equitable Development Fund Workshop in South Park: January 23, 5pm (more)
  • Beacon Food Forest Community Work Party: January 20, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Free Auto Leaks Workshop at South Seattle College: January 20, 9am (more)
  • Beacon Hill Safe Streets 15th & Columbian Meeting #2: January 23, 6:30pm (more)
  • Lincoln Park South Play Area Renovation Public Meeting: January 24, 6pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: January 24, 7pm (more)
  • Basic First Aid: January 30, 5:30pm (more)

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