Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Meet Fabiola Arvizu

Fabiola Arvizu is a recent addition to our Community Outreach and Engagement team. As a citywide Community Engagement Coordinator, she has been busy introducing Seattle residents to City staff and services and sharing opportunities for folks to engage in community efforts in their neighborhoods.

Get to know a little bit more about Fabiola on our blog.


Be Prepared for Snow: Winter is coming but you can take it by storm! Don’t get caught off guard this winter. Make sure you are up to date with information, emergency kits, snow tires, and handy apps. (more)

Mayor Durkan Creates Small Business Stabilization Pilot Program to Help Vulnerable Micro-Businesses: Eight women and minority-owned businesses recently received funding from the City of Seattle to help them remain in business after a destabilizing event. (more)

Nominate a Business for the First Annual Seattle Legacy Business Program: Nominate a small business in your neighborhood that goes beyond goods and services and is an essential part of your community. (more)

Opportunities to Partner with Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs: In anticipation of court decisions and rule changes that will likely have a huge impact on our immigrant and refugee communities in the next year, the City of Seattle has appropriated $375,000 for a one-time Rapid Response Fund for addressing anti-immigrant/refugee issues. (more)

Youth to Lead 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr March and Celebration: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 18. This event is free to all teens and community participants and will include food, live music, a safe environment, and plenty of fun! (more)

Seattle Public Utilities Encourages Waste Prevention Projects with Matching Grants: Projects must increase waste prevention in Seattle through starting a new project or expanding an existing activity. Grant requests may range from $3,000 to $20,000 and there is a 50% matching requirement for recipients. (more)

Join the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board (SPAB): The SPAB plays an influential role in making walking and using a wheelchair or other mobility device safer and easier. If you're interested, submit a letter of interest and resume (optional) via email by January 24. (more)



Mary Wesley, standing in her flower shop

In one of Seattle’s most threatened neighborhoods, a flower shop still blooms

"Since 1984, Mary Wesley has owned Flowers Just 4 U, one of the only Black-owned flower shops in the region. She and her flowers have been there for births, weddings and funerals for generations of Central District families....Yet Wesley’s story serves as a microcosm of the shifting demographics and challenging landscape for Black business owners in the Central District."

(See the full article in The Seattle Times)



E. C. Hughes Playground Opens: Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce the new play area at E.C. Hughes Playground is open. The play area renovation project provides nature-themed play structures accessible to children of all abilities. (more)


  • District 1 Community Network: January 8, 7pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Community Club: January 8, 7pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: January 11, 10am (more)
  • South Park Neighborhood Association: Janury 14, 7pm (more)
  • MLK Day of Service - Youngstown Clean-Up: January 17, 10am (more)
  • Habitat Restoration at Cheasty Greenspace: Janaury 18, 9am (more)



Mayor Durkan Seeks New Member for International Special Review District Board: The seven-member International Special Review District Board reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use and street improvements, and makes recommendations to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods director for all properties within the International Special Review District. (more)


  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee: January 8, 6pm (more)
  • Public Policy Basics and Advocacy Tips and Tools: January 11, 9am (more)
  • Eastlake Community Council: January 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • Swedish First Hill Standing Advisory Committee: January 16, 5:30pm (more)
  • Ballard-Interbay Regional Transportation Project Intro: January 16, 6pm (more)
  • 2020 Seattle MLK Day: January 20, 8:30am (more)
  • Virginia Mason Standing Advisory Committee: January 21, 6pm (more)
  • Magnolia Community Council: January 21, 7pm (more)
  • Indigenous Reparation and Recognition in Seattle: January 22, 7:30pm (more)



Participants Needed to Advise on Zoning Modifications to Northgate Elementary School: Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications desired for Northgate Elementary School. (more)

Construction on the Northgate Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Begins January 13: The new, accessible, all ages and abilities bridge will improve access to communities, services, and opportunities on the east and west sides of I-5 in Northgate and Licton Springs, helping knit together a historically divided area. (more)

Take the 24th Avenue NW Street End Survey: This is a quick, 5-minute survey to learn more about what folks in Ballard want on this street and street end after the Ship Canal Water Quality Project is completed in 2025. (more)


  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: January 7, 7pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council: January 8, 7pm (more)
  • Green Lake Community Council: January 8, 7pm (more)
  • Aurora Licton Urban Village Meeting: January 9, 7pm (more)
  • Ballard-Interbay Regional Transportation Project Intro: January 14, 6pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee: Janury 14, 6:30pm (more)
  • Licton Springs Community Council: January 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: January 21, 7pm (more)
  • Maple Leaf Community Council: January 22, 7:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: January 25, 10am (more)