Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Meet Nate Moxley

Nate Moxley joined our P-Patch Community Gardening team in January. Actually, he “re-joined” the team, having previously worked for the P-Patch program from 2009 – 2013. Nate is one of our P-Patch Community Garden Coordinators, working in collaboration with gardeners to coordinate 16 of our 89 community gardens.

Get to know more about Nate on our blog.


Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s 2020 State of the City Address: Speaking to community members at the Rainier Arts Center, Mayor Durkan laid out her vision to continue to act and make progress on our City’s most urgent challenges. (more)

Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Summer Internships: SYEP helps young people (ages 16 to 24) from low-income households and communities that experience racial, social, and economic disparities. Summer interns will be paid $16.39 for up to 150 hours of work over six weeks. (more)

Cannabis Equity in Our Community: The City would like to share preliminary information from a review of the disparate racial impacts of the criminalization and legalization of cannabis. Attend a public meeting on February 22 to share your experiences and help the City determine how to achieve new opportunities for people of color. (more)

Give Input on Future RapidRide R Line in Rainier Valley: King County Metro is planning to upgrade Route 7 to become the RapidRide R Line. Visit their online open house or join them at community meetings to have a say on future station locations and projects to make the bus more reliable. (more)

Join the Discussion on the Next Proposed Budget for Seattle Park District: Seattle Parks and Recreation is currently working on developing the Seattle Park District Financial Plan, which will lay out the funding for the next six years. Community members can join the discussion at public meetings or via online survey. (more)

Proposed Director’s Rule on Design Standards for Small Wireless Facilities: Seattle Department of Transportation is currently accepting comments on the design standards. The public comment period is open until 5pm on February 27, 2020. (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 2/28. (more)



Freeway Park in Seattle

Halprin’s Freeway Park Added to National Register

Did you know that Seattle’s Freeway Park, the first park in the world to be built atop a freeway, was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places?!

“The park was not only a victory over the nation’s growing freeway system,” it also “served as an example of the power of public involvement in urban planning.”

(Read more at The Cultural Landscape Foundation website)



Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Rainier Beach High School: The public is invited to attend the meeting on March 18 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Buses Will Shift to More Reliable Route Between West Seattle & Downtown: For 26,000 daily bus riders on 12 routes, the Seattle Squeeze is about to get a little easier starting February 22 when Columbia Street extension to the waterfront opens. (more)

Help Design New Plaza and Park in South Park Neighborhood: 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 and other community member 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)


  • South Seattle Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence: February 22, 1:30pm (more)
  • 15th Ave S Improvements Public Meeting: February 26, 6:30pm (more)
  • RapidRide R Line Open House: February 27, 6pm (more)
  • King County Metro South Park Neighborhood Pop-Up: February 28, 1:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Park District Discussion - Delridge: March 2, 6pm (more)
  • RapidRide R Line Open House: February 27, 6pm (more)
  • Seattle Park District Discussion - Van Asselt: March 7, 10am (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)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Swedish Club: The public is invited to attend the meeting on March 4 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Help Guide the Future of Terry Avenue: Berger Partnership and First Hill Improvement Association recently released a survey regarding the Community Vision and Site Development of Terry Avenue. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and provide your input on how Terry Avenue can be redesigned into a pedestrian focused street. (more)


  • Public Charge Information Workshop for Service Providers: February 24, 9am (more)
  • Swedish First Hill Standing Advisory Committee: February 24, 5:30pm (more)
  • Magnolia Community Council w/ Jesús Aguirre: February 26, 5:30pm (more)
  • Universal Design & Pedestrian Wayfinding Forum: February 27, 1pm (more)
  • Seattle Central College Citizens Advisory Committee: March 2, 6pm (more)
  • South Lake Union Greenways Reboot: March 4, 4pm (more)
  • West Edge Neighborhood Association: March 4, 6pm (more)
  • RapidRide R Line Open House: March 5, 5:30pm (more)



Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Northgate Elementary School: The public is invited to attend the meeting on March 4 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Partnership to Create Inclusive, Mixed-Income Community Near Northgate Light Rail: The City of Seattle and the Seattle Housing Authority will partner on transforming 8 acres of property into a mixed-income community near the Northgate Light Rail station. Located in a high opportunity and high displacement risk neighborhood, the property sits next to a city park, near the Northgate Community Center and Library. (more)


  • King County Metro Lake City Neighborhood Pop-Up: February 24, 9:30am (more)
  • Seattle Children's Standing Advisory Committee: February 26, 6pm (more)
  • Licton Springs Community Council: February 26, 6:30pm (more)
  • The Big Arctic Melt: February 26, 7pm (more)
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: March 3, 7pm (more)
  • Seattle Park District Discussion - Lake City: March 5, 6pm (more)