Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director
Last year, when the Mayor issued Executive Order 2016-06, directing the Department of Neighborhoods to focus on equitable outreach and engagement practices, there was a flurry of questions. What does this mean? What will change? And what does inclusive participation look like?
 
Over the last year we have looked at our lines of business and how we do things. We have asked questions, challenged some of our practices, and made program improvements, with equity as the lens. We are now starting to see the results of those actions!
 
A shining example is our Your Voice Your Choice: Parks and Streets program, which merged what used to be known as our Neighborhood Park & Street Fund with our Participatory Budgeting program. We tried this with hopes of making the process more accessible and more equitable. Last week the “idea collection” phase concluded and we received nearly 900 ideas!
 
Why is this important? Because in years past, this program yielded less than 200 applications city-wide. This is a dramatic increase in participation.  While we are still in the midst of collecting and analyzing data, we are seeing glimpses of a more equitable process.

More people involved, more ideas collected, and more voices heard - that is what inclusive participation looks like.

 

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
 
Join Mayor Murray for This Year’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks

Seattle Residents Share Hundreds of Ideas for Improving Parks and Streets

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U District Rezone Legislation Represents Years of Community Work and Planning

OTHER CITY NEWS

Mayor Murray Seeks Employer Partners for Youth Employment Initiative Join Mayor Murray and a coalition of employer partners to ensure our young people have equitable access to career pathways by hiring an intern or donating to the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative. (more)

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Has Launched a New Hotline for People to Report Discriminatory Harassment in Seattle 
Reporting discriminatory harassment is easy, and can be done anonymously by calling 206.233.7100. (more)

King County Metro Adding Trips to Reduce Overcrowding Metro will be adding trips to reduce overcrowding on more than 30 routes and adjusting schedules to improve reliability on 60 routes. (more)

Learn More About City Light's Advanced Metering Upgrades Seattle City Light is preparing for a major upgrade in how they measure your energy usage and when they share it with you. (more)

Apply for 2017 Recreation for All Funds by 4/21 This fund supports local nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community groups to provide culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming to under-resourced communities. (more)

City of Seattle Is Searching for the Next Civic Poet The two-year Civic Poet post serves as a cultural ambassador for Seattle’s rich, multi-hued literary landscape and represents Seattle’s diverse cultural community. Apply by April 24. (more)

Urban Innovations Speakers Series West Coast Cities Seek Affordable Housing Solutions: March 7, 5:30pm. (more)

Civic Boot Camp - Livable Neighborhoods Returns on March 17 & 24 Created in 2015, Livable Neighborhoods Civic Boot Camp addresses Seattle’s commitment to sustainable neighborhoods. (more)


  
ADD YOUR VOICE

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

  • Rainier Avenue South Corridor Improvements (Learn More)
  • Street Tree Management Plan (Learn More)
  • Seattle Parks 2017 Development Plan and Gap Analysis (Learn More)
  • Seattle Parks Projects (Learn More)

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


SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Delridge Community Center Increases Access for People Experiencing Homelessness The center provides a warm and dry place to rest, shower, charge a phone, access free Wi-FI, and use the computer lab. (more)

Community Input Needed for High Point Community Center Play Area Renovation Project This project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements, and improve safety and other features at the park. (more)

Rainier Avenue S Corridor Improvements
 Take a survey or attend a public meeting on March 7 to provide feedback about your experiences traveling on Rainier Ave S. (more)

Tour the Historic Georgetown Steam Plant this Saturday The Georgetown Steam Plant is open to the public the second Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm, with free guided tours at 11am and 1pm. (more)


EVENTS
  • We ❤ Southeast Seattle - Investing in Rainier Ave S Community Forum: March 7, 5:30pm (more)
  • District 1 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 9, 5:30pm (more)
  • SODO Crime Prevention Forum: March 9, 12pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Action Coalition Meeting: March 9, 6:30pm (more)
  • Delridge Way Ride and Chat: March 11, 2:30pm (more)
  • District 1 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 13, 5:30pm (more)
  • District 2 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 13, 5:30pm (more)
  • District 1 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • District 2 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 22, 5:30pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Review and Vote on the Interstate 5 Column Painting Proposals The First Hill Improvement Association is seeking input on painting proposals for columns underneath I-5 between Cherry and James Streets. (more)

Volunteers Needed to Advise on Development Plans for Seattle Central College This committee provides feedback on projects planned and under development by the college to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. (more)

RFQ For Finding Freeway Park The Freeway Park Association seeks to hire a landscape architect to lead the process and develop conceptual design recommendations for creating improvements to connectivity, visibility, and public safety at Freeway Park. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Acquires Land to Expand Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park (more)


EVENTS
  • Latino Community Fund's Grassroots 101 Workshop // Taller para Aprender a Movilizar: March 7, 5:30pm (more)
  • District 7 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 7, 5:30pm (more)
  • Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Design Update Open House: March 9, 11am (more)
  • City of Seattle Downtown Projects Information Sharing: March 13, 5pm (more)
  • Eastlake Urban Village Community Design Workshop: March 13, 6pm (more)
  • Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Design Update Open House: March 15, 5:30pm (more)
  • District 3 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 15, 6pm (more)
  • District 7 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 16, 5:30pm (more)
  • District 3 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • Tenant Rights Bootcamp - Central District: March 22, 6:30pm (more)
  • East Precinct Advisory Council (PAC) Community Meeting: March 23, 6:30pm (more)
  • Disaster Skills - Basic Aid: March 25, 10:30am (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Share Your Thoughts on NE 65th Street Vision Zero Project Seattle Department of Transportation is launching a collaborative process to review street conditions along NE 65th St and is seeking public input. (more)

Framework Announced to Complete ‘Missing Link’ of Burke-Gilman Trail The framework calls for stakeholders to work together on the design elements of a preferred alternative route that would complete the 'missing link' with a marked, dedicated trail for pedestrians and cyclists. (more)


EVENTS

  • Crown Hill / Whittier Heights Find It Fix It Public Safety Meeting: March 7, 6pm (more)
  • Know Your Rights Workshop - Legal Advice and Consultation for Immigrant Communities: March 7, 6pm (more)
  • District 4 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 7, 5:30pm (more)
  • Tenant Rights Bootcamp - Greenwood: March 8, 6pm (more)
  • District 6 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 9, 5:30pm (more)
  • Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA) Meeting: March 9, 6:30pm (more)
  • Greenwood Rising : Celebrating the Art and Community of Greenwood After the March 2016 Explosion: March 10, 7pm (more)
  • Yesler Swamp Trail Expansion: March 11, 10am (more)
  • Wallingford Find It, Fix It Community Walk: March 14, 5:00pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee Meeting: March 14, 6:30pm (more)
  • District 6 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 15, 5pm (more)
  • District 4 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 16, 5pm (more)
  • District 5 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 18, 10am (more)
  • District 4 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 20, 4pm (more)
  • District 6 Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Team Meeting: March 20, 5:30pm (more)
  • District 4 Community Meeting w/ Rob Johnson: March 20, 7pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: March 21, 7pm (more)

RESOURCES
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Seattle Area Construction Look Ahead
Seattle Department of Transportation Alerts
Seattle Customer Service Bureau
Office of the Mayor
Seattle City Council
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