Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Meet Shanice Gill

Shanice Gill is an Administrative Specialist working with both the P-Patch Community Gardening program and the Major Institutions and Schools program. She joined the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods team in November 2019 after moving to Seattle from Dallas, TX.

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Get Funds for Your Community Project: Do you have a great community project idea but need some funding to help make it happen? Apply to the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The next deadline is February 25. (more)

Update on the Center City Bike Network: For the first time, people of all ages and abilities have a safe bike connection all the way from the Chinatown International District to South Lake Union and beyond. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Seeks Names for Three New Parks: You're invited to submit potential names for parks in the Lake City and Chinatown International District neighborhoods. (more)

Join the Master Composter/Sustainability Steward Volunteer Training Program: This is a five-week training for Seattle residents who want to learn about soil, small scale composting, waste prevention, water quality, and resource conservation practices. (more)

Get Moving and Recreation for All Grants Open: The Seattle Parks District has funding programs for community activities, funding priority populations including people of color, immigrants and refugees, and the LGBTQ community. Apply by February 18. (more)

New Commissioners Sought for Planning Commission: You can be part of this commission that advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on citywide planning goals, policies, and plans and provides them with independent advice on land use, zoning, transportation and housing issues. Apply by February 28. (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)



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"Central District Community Members Hope Displacement Conversation With City Department Heads Leads to Overdue Policy Shifts"

- from South Seattle Emerald

“I’m a storyteller, I’m all about telling stories and I believe that if we know each others stories we can help with change. Today we got a real sense of those stories, of people really taking their gloves off and bearing their souls and sharing [with us] what is happening with them and their families.”

Read the full article at South Seattle Emerald.



Help Design New Plaza and Park in South Park: At the request of the community, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) purchased a .83 acre site west of the South Park Bridge to develop a plaza park for the neighborhood. The design for this project is underway and SPR wants you to share your vision for the new plaza park. (more)

Help Advise on Zoning Modifications to Kimball Elementary School: Serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications desired for Kimball Elementary School (3200 23rd Ave S) in Beacon Hill. (more)

Seattle Neighborhood Group is Hiring a Public Safety Coordinator for South Park: Serve as a liaison for community, businesses, organizations, and the City of Seattle; working collaboratively to improve coordination, communication, and partnerships among groups working on public safety challenges in South Park. (more)


  • South Park Neighborhood Association: February 11, 7pm (more)
  • Maple Wood Playfield Community Meeting: February 12, 6:30pm (more)
  • King County Metro - South Park Neighborhood Pop-Up: February 14, 1:30pm (more)
  • South Seattle Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence: February 22, 1:30pm (more)



Curb Ramp Improvement Project in the Washington Park Arboretum: Seattle Parks and Recreation will be installing a new curb ramp along Lake Washington Boulevard just east of the Boyer Ave. East intersection. Work is scheduled to start on February 4, weather permitting, and take approximately three days to complete. (more)

Help Advise on the Master Plan for Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital: Volunteers are needed to serve on a Standing Advisory Committee to advise the City and Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital on the potential impacts of its campus development on the surrounding neighborhoods. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on the E Union St Protected Bike Lane: Seattle Department of Transportation has updated the Union Protected Bike Lane design based on public feedback from last spring. This survey is intended to check in with the community to hear if you think the updated design reflects what they heard. (more)


  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: February 4, 6pm (more)
  • West Edge Neighborhood Association: February 5, 6pm (more)
  • 2020 Census Info Session in the CID: February 10, 1:30pm (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee: February 12, 6pm (more)
  • Belltown Community Council: February 12, 6:30pm (more)
  • Set the Table - Terry Avenue Vision Process and Site Development Plan: February 13, 5:30pm (more)
  • State of Africatown 2020: February 15, 10am (more)
  • Magnolia Community Council: February 18, 7pm (more)
  • Civic Coffee Hour - Elsa Batres-Boni, Seattle Census: February 20, 10am (more)



Lake City Park Construction Begins Spring 2020: The Lake City community is invited to participate in a mural project and learn about the upcoming construction for the new Lake City park. Join us at Coyote North, 12325 Lake City Way NE on February 9, 12-5pm. (more)

North Link Connections Mobility Project Survey: King County Metro is collecting feedback and talking with community about their plans to improve the current transit network in north King County. (more)

Weigh in on Transportation Upgrades From Downtown Seattle to Roosevelt: Seattle Department of Transportation recently published an Environmental Assessment for the RapidRide J Line that provides a comprehensive analysis of the project, including proposed improvements, technical details, and potential impacts and mitigation strategies. Review and share your comments by February 14. (more)


  • Mini-Workshop on Community Engagement: February 4, 6:30pm (more)
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: February 4, 7pm (more)
  • Northgate Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Groundbreaking: February 5, 2pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council: February 6, 7pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club: February 6, 7pm (more)
  • Community Skills-Share Fair: February 8, 10am (more)
  • Lake City Park Mural Project: February 9, 12pm (more)
  • King County Metro - Lake City Neighborhood Pop-Up: February 10, 9:30am (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee: February 11, 6:30pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council: February 12, 7pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: February 18, 7pm (more)