Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter: May 31, 2017

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Message from the Director

Last summer when the Community Involvement Commission was announced, it was still an idea being formulated. The idea wasn’t to create a commission just to create a commission (the City already has plenty). Rather, we saw this as an opportunity to do something different, while also creating a tool to make outreach and engagement more equitable.

That is what we were thinking, or at least what we hoped. Making it a reality was another story. In February, we launched our effort to promote the Commission and recruit applicants for this unique opportunity. Our search for "Equity Champions" had begun. We went live with fingers crossed. Something worked and something resonated because nearly 300 people applied, all wanting to be part of the solution.

We had everything from seasoned volunteers to people who were just compelled to do something, anything. We had people driven by specific issues in their neighborhood to those driven by the national dialogue. Every application was read, and every person had a story. 

Through many conversations, we quickly realized what a difficult task we faced. We had a wealth of talent and compassion…hundreds vying for a handful of seats. It wasn’t easy, but that’s a good problem to have. We are now at the point where the Commission is soon to be standing. Our Equity Champions have been found, and their stories are inspiring.

I encourage you to learn more about these individuals. We will be featuring each and every one of them on our blog. They have stepped up to be part of the solution, and I hope you will join the conversation.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Mayor Murray Launches Summer of Opportunity and Safety This is a City-led effort to expand summer programming for youth through grant-funded programs, Seattle Parks Department activities, and youth jobs. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of KeyArena for Landmark Status The board will consider nomination of several Seattle Center buildings to include: KeyArena, West Court Building, NASA Building, and Blue Spruce Apartments on the Seattle Center campus and Bressi Garage/Pottery Northwest at 226-232 1st Ave N. (more)

Events Traffic Advisory for Tuesday, May 30 – Sunday, June 4 Seattle Department of Transportation advises travelers to be aware of the following events happening in the city that may affect traffic. (more)

Homelessness Update More than half of individuals living unsheltered in encampments near Poplar & Dean / Dearborn accept alternative living arrangements offered by City’s Navigation Team. (more)

Department of Education and Early Learning Announces Funding Awards for Culturally Responsive Summer Programs 
The goal of these programs will be to utilize culturally responsive programming to prevent summer learning loss and improve academic outcomes for African-American/Black students and other students of color. (more)

Read the 2017 Greater Seattle Civic Health Index This website from Seattle City Club explores greater Seattle’s civic health and offers recommendations for ways to improve it. (more)

Calling All Paws! 18th Annual Furry 5k to Benefit Orphaned Pets Seattle Animal Shelter invites animal lovers to register for the June 11 run at Seward Park. (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)
Community Invited to Lowman Beach Park Seawall Meeting: May 31 Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the Hall at Fauntleroy at 6:30pm on May 31 to learn about the Lowman Beach Park seawall and provide input on design options. (more)

Neighborhood Matching Fund to Host Workshop in Columbia City Join us at Columbia City Library on June 1 to learn about our funding opportunities. (more)

Vision Zero Speed Limit Changes on Harbor Ave SW Speed limit lowered on Harbor Ave SW in West Seattle as part of the city’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. (more)

Bicycle Sundays along Lake Washington Blvd: June 19 & 26 On scheduled Sundays from May to September, a portion of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized vehicles from 10am - 6pm. (more)

Sunshine on Our Shoulders for the ‘Find It Fix It’ Walk in Highland Park More than 50 people turned out on one of the nicest evenings of the year to join Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Lisa Herbold, and City staff in Highland Park last week. (more)


  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop in Columbia City: June 1, 6pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands Community Update and Work Party: June 3, 10am (more)
  • Community Advisory Committee Meeting for Camp Second Chance on Myers Way, June 4, 4pm (more)
  • Georgetown Village Community Advisory Committee Meeting: June 6, 4pm (more)
  • Youth Opportunity Fund Information Session: June 8, 3:30pm (more)
  • New In Town: Stories of Migration: June 8, 5pm (more)
  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic: June 14, 6pm (more)
  • Morgan Junction Community Festival: June 17, 10am (more)
  • Restaurant Success Orientation - Delridge: June 22, 3pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Applications for New Restricted Parking Zone on Capitol Hill Available Today The new Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) 32 and the new blocks of existing RPZ 15 are going into effect on July 1, 2017. (more)

Judkins Park Station Survey The City of Seattle wants to hear what is already great about the Judkins Park Station area and what land use and transportation improvements would make it a better place to live, work, do business, and visit. (more)

Community Agreement on 23rd Ave Properties Opens Door to Development, Mandatory Housing Affordability Implementation The 23rd Avenue Action Plan is the product of nearly 100 meetings, over 30 community-based organizations and hundreds of area residents who engaged in hands-on and interactive workshops, focus group meetings, individual workshops, in-person interviews, business canvassing, and online surveys. (more)

Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Modifications for Renovation of Queen Anne Elementary School Meeting is scheduled for June 6 to discuss Seattle School District plans to renovate and construct an addition to Queen Anne Elementary School. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Pacific Architect & Builder Building The public is invited to attend the meeting on June 7 and make comments regarding the nomination.(more)

  • Capitol Hill Clean Sweep 2017: June 4, 10am (more)
  • First Hill Transit-Oriented Development Open House: June 5, 6pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Elementary School Project Public Meeting: June 6, 6:30pm (more)
  • LGBTQ Hate Crimes: Seattle Isn't Immune: June 12, 7pm (more)
  • Youth Opportunity Fund Information Session: June 13, 3:30pm (more)
  • Stormwater Training: June 14, 3pm (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: June 14, 6pm (more)
  • #EducationSoWhite: June 15, 7:30pm (more)
  • Protect Your Pet - Vaccination & License Clinic: June 17, 10am (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Seattle Park District Provides Funding for Renovation of Soundview Playfield in NE Seattle Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to an Open House on June 3 to provide input on the renovation and design of the Soundview Playfield. (more)

Heaven & Earth IX: Cultivate/d Call for Temporary Outdoor Artworks 
The Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC) and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite proposals for placement of up to five temporary outdoor artworks in Carkeek Park. (more)

Lake City Pavement to Parks Project 
Join your Lake City neighbors and the Seattle Department of Transportation on June 3 to view the design concepts for new pedestrian spaces along 28th Ave. NE. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Wins $20,000 ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant for Local Park Improvement Project 
Connecting Kids to Nature at Carkeek Park has been selected as a winner of the national Meet Me at the Park campaign. (more)

  • Soundview Playfield Open House: June 3, 1pm (more)
  • Drop-in for Veteran Services at Ballard Library: June 6, 10am (more)
  • Light Search and Rescue Training: June 8, 6pm (more)
  • Seattle Children's Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: June 12, 6pm (more)
  • Youth Opportunity Fund Information Session: June 14, 3:30pm (more)
  • May High Tea - Natural Disasters: Preparing Yourself, Your Family, & Your Neighbors: June 15, 2pm (more)

Header image: Nine appointees of the Community Involvement Commission
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