Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

As we know, Seattle is a city that often ranks in the top ten of various categories: most livable, fastest growing…the list goes on. But a recent record that Seattle broke was not amongst my favorites: rain. This has been the rainiest winter/spring since records began in 1895.

The constant gray might be the reason we seem to find any excuse to be outside whenever the sun breaks through, basking in the 50+ degree weather. I became that person over the weekend. There was a window when the sun was shining and the clouds were at arm’s length. That was my chance to get outside and tackle my P-Patch. The last time I saw the plot was months ago as I covered it up for the winter. With a hand fork and trowel, I went to turn the 100 square foot plot into something manageable.

After a few hours of pulling, raking, and churning, the weeds were out and the starters were in. Dandelions were replaced with beans, tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce. My goal this year is modest: keep the plants alive, eat more, and waste less.

If you are interested in having your own urban garden, let us know. Plots are still available! Where else can you rent a 100 square foot unit for less than $45 a year? Affordable and nutritious.

 
- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
 
Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Seeks Proposals to Support Duwamish River Neighborhoods

People’s Academy for Community Engagement Application Deadline is May 8

Highlights from Our Your Voice, Your Choice Program

Join Us for Our Upcoming Housing Affordability & Livability Open Houses

OTHER CITY NEWS

Seeking AmeriCorps VISTA Member to Support Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Walks This VISTA Member will design strategies to recruit volunteers, lead community outreach efforts, handle promotion and publicity, and develop impact metrics and outcome measurements for the walks. (more)

Mayor Murray, Paul G. Allen Announce Partnership to Provide $35 Million to Support Homeless Families Funds will create innovative, permanent supportive housing and onsite services community that will serve as a resource hub for Seattle-area families with children who are experiencing homelessness. (more)

Funding Opportunity: Counseling and Peer Support for Immigrant and Refugee Youth The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) is seeking applications from community-based agencies interested in facilitating counseling and peer support groups for middle and high school youth from immigrant and refugee families. (more)

Update on Seattle’s Tree Canopy Cover The Office of Sustainability & Environment will host a webinar on May 8 to share results of a recent study on Seattle's urban tree canopy. (more)

Safe Routes to School Walking and Biking Incentives
Seattle Department of Transportation provides fun, free incentives for your walk and bike to school campaigns. (more)

Seattle Parks & Recreation is Hiring Community Engagement Ambassadors This is a temporary position with the City of Seattle up to 10 hours per week; $20/hour. (more)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Tool Libraries Did you know that Seattle has a number of neighborhood tool libraries where you can borrow just what you need to accomplish all your DIY goals? (more)

Nominations Now Open for the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards Recipients selected from the nominations are local and national luminaries whose work and influence shape our growing city. (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.

  • Judkins Park Station Access Study (Learn More)
  • Broadway and Pike-Pine Late Night Parking Survey (Learn More)
  • Street Tree Management Plan (Learn More)
  • For-Hire Driver Collective Bargaining (Learn More)

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


SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Neighbors Invited to Help Plan Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk The first meeting for those interested in volunteering will be held at Highland Park Elementary on May 4 from 6:30-7:30pm. (more)

23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project Give your feedback regarding the recent construction on 23rd Ave. (more)

Construction Begins for S Holgate St Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Crews will replace a pedestrian access staircase to the S Holgate St bridge with a more accessible ramp, build new curb ramps at the corner of S Holgate St and 8th Ave S, and extend the sidewalk to connect to the new ramp. (more)

Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project Learn more and share your feedback on this project through May 31. (more)


EVENTS

  • Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk Action Team Meeting: May 4, 6:30pm (more)
  • Rainier Arts Center Visioning Workshop: May 6, 9:30am (more)
  • SW Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 6, 10am (more)
  • South Seattle's First Virtual Reality Pop-Up: May 7, 3pm (more)
  • Dismantling Racism: a forum for Southeast Seattle: May 9, 7pm (more)
  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic : May 10, 6pm (more)
  • Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Community Workshop: May 11, 5pm (more)
  • SE Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 13, 10am (more)
  • Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Community Workshop: May 16, 5pm (more)
  • West Seattle Bee Festival: May 20, 8:30am (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: June 1, 6pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Griffin Building and the Sheridan Apartments for Landmark Status The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Capitol Hill Late Nighters, We Want to Hear from You Seattle Department of Transportation has developed three parking options for late night paid parking hours along Broadway and Pike/Pine and they want your feedback. (more)

Judkins Park Area Planning and Workshop, May 3 The Office of Planning & Community Development and the Seattle Department of Transportation are working together to host this community workshop. (more)

City of Seattle Introduces Mercer Adaptive Signal System To Keep Traffic Moving This new system along Mercer Street between 3rd Ave W and I-5 will coordinate the operation of the traffic signals in and around the corridor to help vehicles move more efficiently. (more)

City Will Conduct Intensive Outreach Prior to Removal of Illegal Camping Along I-90 Due to increasing public safety and health concerns impacting homeless individuals and the surrounding community, the City will begin working toward removal of the illegal camping that stretches from the I-90 on/off-ramps at Rainier Avenue S. north to S. Dearborn St. (more)


EVENTS
  • Civic Cocktail - Social Justice & Effective Activism: May 3, 5:30pm (more)
  • Get Engaged Info Session- Capitol Hill: May 3, 6pm (more)
  • Diversity Dinner - We Say Salam Gallery: May 4, 6pm (more)
  • The Seattle Times Presents: Portraits of Homelessness: May 4, 7pm (more)
  • Community Power Summit - Building People-Power in Seattle: May 6, 1pm (more)
  • LGBTQ Senior Resource Fair at Miller Commty Center: May 10, 10am (more)
  • What Happens Next for the KeyArena? Open House: May 11, 5pm (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: May 11, 6pm (more)
  • Central Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 16, 6pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Green Lake Area Paving Projects Seattle Department of Transporattion will be paving several streets in the Green Lake and Wallingford communities. Learn more about the various projects and share your thoughts. (more)

Northgate Transit Open House on May 6
King County and the City of Seattle are working together to redevelop King County’s property near Northgate Mall and the future Northgate Link light rail station. Come to the open house to learn about the project and share your thoughts on the redevelopment. (more)

Neighborhood Matching Fund to Host Workshop in Greenwood Join us at Greenwood Senior Center on May 17 to learn about our funding opportunities. (more)


EVENTS
  • King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market: May 5, 4pm & May 6, 9am (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee Meeting: May 9, 6:30pm (more)
  • Get Engaged Info Sessions - Greenwood Library: May 11, 6pm (more)
  • Disaster Skills: Basic Aid: May 13, 10:30am (more)
  • Christie Park Addition Open House: May 13, 12pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: May 16, 7pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: May 17, 6pm (more)
  • Baker Park on Crown Hill Open House: May 20, 1pm (more)
  • Use Your Voice: Advocacy 101 Workshop: May 24, 6:30pm (more)

RESOURCES
Land Use Bulletin
Seattle Area Construction Look Ahead
Seattle Department of Transportation Alerts
Seattle Customer Service Bureau
Office of the Mayor
Seattle City Council
Seattle Neighborhood Services

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