Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Allynn Ruth

Hey Neighbor: Meet Allynn Ruth

Allynn has been with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for more than 30 years! In our latest Hey Neighbor video, she shares why working as a Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager has been her "favorite job," why she loves the Frye Art Museum, and why she considers herself a "Navy Seal" of the City of Seattle!   (Watch the Video)


City Council Passes Mandatory Housing Affordability Legislation: This legislation links affordable housing to growth across Seattle by requiring new commercial or multi-family development to contribute to affordable housing in exchange for additional development capacity. (more)

Public Comment Period Extended for West Seattle, Ballard Light Rail Project: The project is in the formal public comment period called scoping. This is an especially important time to get involved and Sound Transit wants to hear from you! Comment period extended to April 2. (more)

Register for Spring Clean 2019: Spring Clean, now in its 33rd year, runs from April 1 through May 31. During this time, Seattle residents—neighbors, volunteer groups, community organizations—come together to keep Seattle clean and vibrant. (more)

Shop the Squeeze: Participate in this campaign that encourages Seattleites to visit small businesses Downtown during the Seattle Squeeze. Participants will be entered to win prizes including $100 pre-loaded ORCA cards and Visa gift cards. (more)

Mayor Durkan Announces Members of the Seattle Census Task Force: This coalition of elected officials and community leaders will organize Seattle’s preparations for the United States 2020 Census. (more)

Public Hearing for Proposed Electric Vehicle Readiness Rules: On April 16, the City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on proposed legislation to add new requirements for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new off-street parking spaces. (more)

Mayor Durkan Announces “Libraries for All” Plan: If enacted, the proposal would maintain current library services, expand hours, eliminate fines, help close digital divide, and make seismic retrofits. (more)

Mayor Seeks New Member for the Landmarks Preservation Board’s Structural Engineer Position: The 12-member Landmarks Preservation Board makes recommendations to Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties. (more)



South Park Information and Resources Center Celebrates Successful First Year: In 2018, with just 20 laptops and one instructor, the South Park Information and Resources Center enrolled 85 people, predominantly Latino, who were looking to sharpen their digital expertise. (more)

Open House for Mount Baker Park Improvements on March 20: This is an opportunity to meet the design team and learn about the proposed projects. SPR will install a new all-gender restroom facility for the play area and provide interior building improvements to the bathhouse. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Original Van Asselt School: The public is invited to attend the March 20 meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)


  • Mount Baker Park Improvement Projects Open House: March 20, 3pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Job & Resource Fair: March 23, 12pm (more)
  • High Point Play Area Celebration & Ribbon Cutting: March 23, 2pm (more)
  • RainWise Workshop - Camp Long: March 26, 6pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee: March 27, 7pm (more)
  • South Park Community Center Sitewide Design: March 29, 5pm (more)
  • Alki Beach Park Comfort Station 57 Open House: March 30, 10am (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development: April 1, 5:30pm (more)



Free Job Fair for LGBTQ Youth and Allies on March 30: Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be many employment opportunities for high school-age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). (more)


  • Lunch & Learn - Housing Development &Anti-Displacement Strategies: March 21, 12pm (more)
  • Reimagining Freeways in a Connected Seattle: March 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • Liberty Bank Building Ribbon Cutting Celebration: March 23, 11am (more)
  • ARTS at King Street Station Grand Opening: March 23, 12pm (more)
  • I-5 Lid Study - Feasibility Study Committee Meeting: March 26, 3pm (more)
  • Homer Harris Area Disaster Preparedness: March 26, 7pm (more)
  • Interbay/Magnolia Stewardship Event: March 30, 9am (more)
  • Seattle University Standing Advisory Committee: April 2, 6pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development: April 3, 5:30pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Community Council: April 3, 7:30pm (more)



Community invited to Magnuson Community Center Open House on April 1: Learn about a project that will build out the south wing of the community center to allow greater programming capacity. It will also make accessibility improvements to the parking, entry and lobby of the community center. (more)


  • Licton Springs Community Council: March 20, 6:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Children's Standing Advisory Committee: March 21, 6pm (more)
  • Thornton Creek Alliance - Preservation of Our Urban Forest: March 21, 7pm (more)
  • Citizenship Clinic: March 23, 10am (more)
  • Families, Education, Preschool & Promise Levy Informational Session: March 27, 7pm (more)
  • Job Fair: March 29, 1:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development: April 1, 6:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development: April 2, 5:30pm (more)
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: April 2, 7pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development: April 4, 5:30pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council: April 4, 7pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club: April 4, 7pm (more)
  • Momentia Talent Share at Northgate Community Center: April 6, 2pm (more)