Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Hey Neighbor: Meet Nelson Pesigan

Nelson has been working within our Major Institutions & Schools program since 2013. He migrated from the Philippines in 1989 and lived in Los Angeles, CA with his parents and siblings before moving to and settling in Seattle in 1998. In his spare time, Nelson enjoys spending quality time with his wife and taking his daughter Grace to her Taekwondo practices and competitions.

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Volunteer for the Seattle/King County Clinic: Volunteer registration is now open for the February 2020 Clinic and related events. With the help of more than 800 volunteers a day, this clinic aims to provide $2.5M in care to 3,000 patients. (more)

Celebrate Welcome Week in Seattle’s Parks: From September 17-21, join Seattle Parks and Recreation to celebrate Welcoming America Week with a series of events in downtown parks catered towards showing the world how our community welcomes everyone, including immigrants and refugees. (more)

Census Employees Begin Walking Seattle Neighborhoods: Heads-up, Seattle! You will see Census Bureau canvassers walking through Seattle neighborhoods the next few months. Learn more about how to identify them and, as always, please know your rights and be counted! (more)

Seattle University Releases 2018 Seattle Public Safety Survey Results: Now in its fourth year, this survey gauges attitudes around public safety issues, perceptions of police, neighborhoods and crime. Survey findings are used to support the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans initiative. (more)

Get Funding for Your Community Programs and Activities: The Seattle Park District has three great funding programs focused on funding priority populations, including people of color, immigrants and refugees, and the LGBTQ community. (more)

Take the Housing Choices Survey: Housing Choices is a new effort by the City of Seattle focused on creating more housing options, in more places, for more people. The City wants to hear your perspective to understand the issues and explore potential responses. (more)

Seattle LGBTQ Commission Seeks Candidates: Join this commission that advises the Mayor, City Council, and City of Seattle departments on issues that affect LGBTQ communities throughout Seattle. Apply by September 27. (more)

Take the Seattle Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan Survey: Seattle Parks and Recreation is thinking big about the future of our parks and recreation system, and they want to hear from you! (more)

3rd Annual African Community & Organization Leaders’ Summit on September 21: Join this historical and interactive gathering of grassroots leaders, community organizers, and professionals. (more)



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‘Why does freedom have to come with layers?’ Black, queer residents speak out about identity in Seattle

Ten black, queer Seattleites from different backgrounds talk about their work, their lives and their experiences in Seattle in this piece from The Seattle Times.

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Don’t Blend In: Rainier Valley’s Safe Street project “Don’t Blend In” safety awareness campaign seeks to empower youth and communities of color throughout Rainier Valley with a creative campaign to share safety and mobility information and build awareness. (more)

Relief Coming for 1st Ave S Buses to West Seattle: King County Metro to reroute these southbound buses to 4th Ave S for the next few months until waterfront construction allows them to shift to a better, permanent route along Alaskan Way in early 2020. (more)

Seattle Growing Groceries Classes at El Centro de la Raza: Learn to grow your own food! Growing Groceries is an integrated series of classes, building on knowledge gained. Yet each class contains the minimum information that beginning and intermediate vegetable gardeners need to get started. (more)

Help Prioritize the Next Phase of Development Around Rainier Valley Light Rail Station: Sound Transit and the Seattle Office of Housing want to hear your priorities for the next chapter of development near the Mount Baker, Columbia City and Othello Link light rail stations. (more)


  • Southwest District Council: September 4, 6:30pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Community Service Day: September 7, 10am (more)
  • South Park Neighborhood Association: September 10, 7pm (more)
  • Disaster Skills Workshop: September 11, 6pm (more)
  • Fish and Forest with Seattle Parks & Salmon Bake Fundraiser: September 14, 12pm (more)
  • Georgetown Community Council: September 16, 7pm (more)
  • Seattle City Council District 2 Debate: September 17, 5:30pm (more)
  • Filipino Community Village Groundbreaking Ceremony: September 18, 4pm (more)



Join the International Special Review District Board: Mayor Durkan invites community members to apply for an open position on this board which reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements, and makes recommendations for all properties within the International Special Review District. (more)

Help Develop the Master Plan for Seattle Pacific University (SPU): Volunteers would serve on a Citizen Advisory Committee made up of neighborhood residents with experience in neighborhood organizations and issues, land use and zoning, architecture, landscaping, economic development, building development or educational services who will work with the City and SPU. (more)

Help Develop the Master Plan for Seattle Central College: The City of Seattle is seeking community members to help develop the new Master Plan for Seattle Central College (SCC) to guide the school’s future development. (more)

Occidental Square Gets New Play Area: The play area will provide climbing equipment, safety surfacing, and an attractive steel and timber bench that surrounds the play area. (more)

Apply for Funding from Historic South Downtown: Historic South Downtown is soliciting proposals for grants supporting capital projects or operations in Pioneer Square and/or the Chinatown-International District. (more)


  • Urban Triangle Park Ribbon Cutting Celebration: September 4, 4pm (more)
  • West Edge Neighborhood Association: September 4, 6pm (more)
  • Historic Seattle First Hill Neighborhood Tour: September 10, 10am (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: September 11, 6pm (more)
  • Belltown Community Council: September 11, 6:30pm (more)
  • Belltown P-Patch Work Party: September 14, 10am (more)
  • Swedish First Hill Standing Advisory Committee: September 16, 5:30pm (more)
  • NW Indigenous Peoples - Sharing Powwow Ways: September 21, 12pm (more)
  • Cultural Place Making at 12th & Yesler: September 24, 6pm (more)



Cowen Park Bridge Seismic Improvements Coming This Fall: Construction on the Cowen Park Bridge is anticipated to begin this fall and last approximately 6 months. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Licton Springs Park: You're invited to attend the September 4 meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)


  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: September 3, 7pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council: September 5, 7pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club: September 5, 7pm (more)
  • District 4 Budget Town Hall: September 7, 12pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee: September 10, 6:30pm (more)
  • Meadowbrook Community Meeting: September 10, 7pm (more)
  • Green Lake Community Council: September 11, 7pm (more)
  • Aurora Licton Urban Village: September 12, 7pm (more)
  • Green Lake Family Fun and Wellness Fair: September 14, 10am (more)
  • Wedgwood Community Picnic: September 14, 3pm (more)
  • D5 130th Street Station Forum with Debora Juarez: September 16, 6:30pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: September 17, 7pm (more)