Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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You Can Help Shape Development Plans for Major Institutions and Schools in Your Neighborhood

Learn how you can represent your community and work in partnership with Seattle's hospitals, universities, colleges, and public schools to craft equitable development plans through our Major Institutions and Schools program.

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Help Speak for the Trees: Are you passionate about the future of Seattle’s trees and green spaces? Join the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission! Apply by August 30. (more)

New Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations Begin August 8: This was a multiyear effort to help increase the number and variety of housing options in single-family zones and to remove barriers to developing accessory dwelling units in the city. (more)

Mayor Durkan Announces Two Initial Steps As Part of Her New “Housing Seattle Now” Plan: Mayor Durkan recently laid out her vision for addressing Seattle’s housing crisis and announced her plan for a surge of new investments in housing for low- and middle-income families. (more)

Small Business Tenant Improvement Fund Pilot: Does your business provide goods and services important to your neighborhood? Is your business in need of a final piece of financing to fill the gap? If so you may qualify for a grant up to $50k to help finance improvements to your commercial space. (more)

Apply for the Environmental Justice Fund: This fund is a grant opportunity for community-led projects that improve environmental conditions, respond to impacts of climate change, and get us closer to achieving environmental justice. There is $200,000 available to fund projects in 2019 and the application deadline is September 16. (more)

Mayor Durkan Announces Recipients for the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards: The award honorees are Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Dani Tirrell, Delbert Richardson, Intiman Theatre, and Marcie Sillman. Recipients will be honored at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony on August 29 at Seattle Center. (more)

Apply for a Landmarks Capital Grant: If you own a historical landmark in King County, don't miss this opportunity to apply for funds from 4Culture to repair or restore it. Applications are due September 25. (more)



Young woman, with red painted hand print over her mouth, standing in a Cowlitz tribal canoe

KUOW: 100+ tribal canoes land on Lummi shore, honor missing and murdered indigenous women

"Rosalie Fish, 18, requests permission to come ashore in a Cowlitz tribal canoe after a multi-day canoe journey on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, during Paddle to Lummi at the Lummi Nation Stommish Grounds. A red painted hand print over her mouth honors missing and murdered indigenous women."

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Help Plan the Roxhill Park World Music Festival: Seattle Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a free community music festival on September 8 at Roxhill Park and they are inviting you to planning meetings on August 8, 12 and 22. (more)

Pre-register for Big Day of Play to Get a Free Prize: Big Day of Play, held on August 17 at Rainier Playfields and Community Center, is a celebration of our city’s diversity and it encourages neighbors, communities, and families to have fun, build relationships, and be active together. (more)

Duwamish Youth Participate in Air Pollution Science Project: Duwamish Valley teens recently partnered with local scientists to gauge the success of urban greening efforts with the help of an unlikely ally: moss! (more)

Construction Begins on E. C. Hughes Playground: The play area renovation project will update aging equipment with play structures accessible to children of all abilities. The playground is anticipated to be complete and open for play in early 2020. (more)


  • School-Based Investment Feedback/Input Session: August 8, 11am (more)
  • Delridge Day: August 10, 11am (more)
  • Seattle Police Department Southwest Precinct Picnic: August 10, 11am (more)
  • Rainier Beach Back2School Bash: August 10, 12pm (more)
  • Midsummers Eve in the Garden: August 10, 5pm (more)
  • Othello Park International Festival: August 11, 12pm (more)
  • Seattle Police Department South Precinct Picnic: August 11, 1pm (more)
  • South Park Neighborhood Association: August 13, 7pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Commercial Duwamish/Commercial Harbor Island: August 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: August 17, 10am (more)
  • 13th Annual Duwamish River Festival: August 17, 12pm (more)
  • Detective Cookie Chess Park Pop-up Event: August 18, 1pm (more)
  • Site Walk - 4202 S. Myrtle St: August 19, 5:30pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Judkins Park/North Beacon Hill: August 19, 4:30pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Mt Baker: August 19, 6pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Georgetown: August 20, 6pm (more)



Get the Scoop on Impacts to Downtown Neighborhoods This Summer: If you’re spending time in Downtown Seattle, Chinatown International District, or Pioneer Square this summer, stay informed about construction and other impacts. We’ve got details on projects and tips to make your time in these neighborhoods as easy as possible. (more)

Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Modification at Coe Elementary School: The Seattle School District is requesting a modification from a City zoning regulation for less than the required setback for the addition at the east side of the school site (along 6th Ave W). The meeting will be held on August 28 at 6pm. (more)

Pioneer Square East West Pedestrian Improvements Online Open House: Learn about the proposed concept design for east-west streets, share your input on project priorities, and hear how public feedback informs the design. (more)


  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Magnolia: August 7, 2pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Central Area: August 7, 5:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Police Department's Fabulous Forums: August 7, 6pm (more)
  • Seattle Central College Standing Advisory Committee: August 7, 6pm (more)
  • West Edge Neighborhood Association: August 7, 6pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Queen Anne: August 8, 2pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Madrona/Leschi: August 8, 6pm (more)
  • Montlake Music Festival & Family Night: August 9, 5:30pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Madison Park: August 12, 4pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Eastlake: August 13, 5pm (more)
  • Mayfair Park Improvements Open House: August 14, 5pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - First Hill: August 14, 5:30pm (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee: August 14, 6pm (more)
  • Belltown Community Council: August 14, 6:30pm (more)
  • Site Tour - 1419 24th Avenue: August 15, 5:30pm (more)
  • E Prospect St Habitat Restoration Community Meeting: August 15, 7pm (more)
  • Seattle Police Department East Precinct Picnic: August 17, 1pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Miller Park: August 20, 6pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Capitol Hill: August 21, 5:30pm (more)



Seattle Parks and Recreation to Acquire Thornton Creek Property: Seattle City Council voted to authorize Seattle Parks and Recreation to acquire a property on NE 125th St. (known as the Red House property) which includes a portion of Thornton Creek. This acquisition would support an ongoing partnership between SPR and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to restore and enhance Thornton Creek. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of University of Washington Mechanical Engineering Building and Former Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Foundry / MEB Annex: The public is invited to attend the August 21 meeting and make comments regarding the nominations. (more)


  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: August 6, 7pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Sandpoint: August 8, 6:30pm (more)
  • ALUV Monthly Meeting: August 8, 7pm (more)
  • Live in D5: August 10, 1pm (more)
  • Giving Garden Work Party Benefiting Ballard Food Bank: August 13, 5pm (more)
  • Open House for Jane Addams Campus Exercise Loop: August 14, 6pm (more)
  • 2021 Minor Ave E Site Walk: August 14, 6pm (more)
  • North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway Bike Parade & Celebration: August 17, 10am (more)
  • Public Meeting for 1300 NE 45th St: August 20, 6pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: August 20, 7pm (more)