Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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Seattle Histories: Troy Osaki

Troy Osaki is the grandson of Filipino and Japanese immigrants. His poem, submitted as part of the Seattle Histories project, reflects on his grandmother's experience of being taken from Seattle and incarcerated in Japanese internment camps during World War II. The Seattle Histories storytelling project highlights the places, people, and events that have shaped the history of Seattle’s communities. 

Read the full story on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Web Design Program Pairs Local Youth with Small Business: Seattle small businesses and creative entrepreneurs can apply for the Youth Web Design program to create a FREE business website! Applications are due on September 30, 2022. (more)

West Seattle Bridge Reopens After Being Closed for More than Two Years: Elected officials and other dignitaries gathered at Terminal 18 Park last week to celebrate the completion of repairs and reopening of the West Seattle Bridge. (more)

Green New Deal Opportunity Fund Invests $6.5 Million to Counteract Climate Change: Mayor Harrell’s funding proposal would invest in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting community resilience to climate change, and increasing net zero affordable housing. (more)

Seattle Preschool Program Receives Funding for Facilities Improvements: The Department of Education and Early Learning has announced $782,000 in facilities funding for six Seattle Preschool Program providers, including first-time awards to three home-based Family Child Care programs. (more)

Apply to Join the Watershed Protection Team: Seattle Public Utilities is looking for people who enjoy working outdoors to help ensure the source of Seattle’s drinking water remains protected from unauthorized access and any other threats. (more)

Rainbow Recreation Provides Activities for LGBTQ+ Adults: Seattle Parks and Recreation has coordinated events to enhance health and well-being in safe, respectful, LGBTQ+ affirming environments for adults over 50 years old. (more)

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Discovery Park on October 1: This free, family-friendly event honoring Seattle's largest park will feature vendors, nature walks, games, food, historical presentations, and more! (more)

In The Community

The exterior of an old firehouse with a sign in front with a photo of a Black man, William Grose

William Grose Center for Cultural Innovation and Enterprise Opens in the Central District

The Africatown Community Land Trust has announced that the William Grose Center for Cultural Innovation and Enterprise has opened as a center for “economic empowerment and community-driven development.” Named in honor of early Black pioneer William Grose, the center will provide training, networking, and connections to help launch new businesses and careers in the Central Area.

Read the full story in the Capitol Hill Blog.

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Refugee Program Upcycles Waste Materials into Usable Goods

Founded by Taiwanese immigrant Ming Ming Tung-Edelman, the Refugee Artisan Initiative helps refugee and immigrant women transform surplus and waste materials into products with practical and artistic value. From turning coffee sacks into tote bags and decommissioned fire hoses into storage baskets, the Lake City based non-profit helps give women facing employment barriers the opportunity to earn a paycheck, harness new skills, and build community.

Read more in the Seattle Times.

Share Your Feedback

Community Invited to Review Plans for Dearborn Play Area Improvement Project: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to review designs for upcoming construction at the play area which includes new equipment and improved access. (more)

Provide Feedback on Draft Map of Proposed City Council Districts: Members of the public are invited to submit comments to the Seattle Redistricting Commission on the draft map and its proposed district boundaries. (more)

Participate in Designing New Rainier Beach Skate Park: Community input is needed to help shape the layout and design of a new multi-use public skatepark in Rainier Beach. Learn more and share your thoughts on this community-led project. (more)