Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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A Look into the Work of our Community Engagement Coordinators

Our Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) work with Seattle residents and community organizations to build strong relationships, connect community to local government, bring vital services and information to neighborhoods, and help elevate the wants and concerns of Seattleites throughout the city.

Learn more in our latest video.

Other City News

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Continental Hotel: Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination of Continental Hotel located at 315 Seneca Street at its meeting on February 1, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate in the meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. Learn more about the nomination and public meeting. 

One Year of Building One Seattle: 2022 Year in Review: On the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell released a report detailing the City's shared accomplishments in 2022 and committing to further progress in 2023. Read Mayor Harrell’s first year summary report.

Get Answers on Sidewalk Closures and Getting Around Safely: Seattle Department of Transportation provides information on sidewalk closures throughout the city, safely using detours to avoid construction, and safety tips for contractors working in the right-of-way. Learn more about sidewalk closures in Seattle.

Executive Order Prioritizes Reduction in Climate Pollution: Mayor Bruce Harrell has signed a new executive order directing City departments to work together to prioritize and expand actions that equitably reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions within the transportation sector. Read more about the executive order.

Free Transit Credits Available during Spokane St. Swing Bridge Closure: Seattle Department of Transportation is offering free credits for trips to and from West Seattle on the bus and the West Seattle Water Taxi during the closure of the Spokane St. low bridge. Trip credits will be available until the bridge reopens. Get information on how to access free transit credits for West Seattle trips.

Don’t Miss the Seattle Home Fair Virtual and In-Person Events: This year, the Seattle Home Fair will feature six virtual lectures held in January and February and an in-person event at the Filipino Community Center on February 25. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more about the events and the topics covered.

Lake City Community Center Changes Operational Hours: Due to low staffing levels, Seattle Parks and Recreation will scale back the hours of operation at the Lake City Community Center through the end of March 2023. Regularly scheduled partner activities will continue in addition to these operating hours. View new hours for the Lake City Community Center.

Carkeek Park Visitor Center Open to Public: Located across from the Environmental Learning Center, the Carkeek Park Visitor Center welcomes the public to stop by for a cup of tea or cocoa, learn more about volunteer opportunities, peruse the gift shop, and view salmon eggs being raised on-site. Check out the Carkeek Park Visitor Center hours and learn more facility services.

In The Community

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Seattle Building Canoe Carving Center in South Lake Union to Showcase Native Culture

Last week, the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation held a ceremony to bless the construction of the new Canoe Carving Center, which is scheduled to break ground later this year on the shore of Lake Union. Mike Tulee, executive director of United Indians, hopes the new space will bring a much-needed Native presence to the heart of the city. The new structure will be a “contemporary interpretation of a longhouse,” with large timbers, cedar cladding, a large room for indoor carving, an overhang for outdoor carving, and a planted roof where blue camas will blossom each spring.

Read more in The Seattle Times.

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Out & Back: Outdoor Solace for Seattle’s Queer People of Color

Jas Maisonet says they always felt a pull toward the outdoors, but a trip to Yosemite National Park in 2013 truly helped them discover how transformational connecting with nature can be. In an effort to address the lack of representation and feelings of exclusion many queer people of color face in the outdoors, Maisonet founded QPOC Hikers in Seattle in 2019 and began arranging outdoor events year-round, from birding to hiking to snowshoeing. The organization also provides resources and a platform to share stories and inspiration with other queer people of color.

Read more in Crosscut.

Share Your Feedback

Share Your Thoughts on Permitting Customer Support: Seattle Department of Transportation is looking for public input about permitting services to learn what virtual services are working, what in-person services they feel are missing, and how they can coordinate with other City departments to better serve community needs. Provide feedback on permitting services by taking this short survey.

Help Reimagine Recreation in Seattle! Share Your Feedback on Programs and Services: Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for feedback to improve community experience with recreation facilities including community centers, teen centers, pools, school-based learning centers, environmental learning centers, and boating and sailing centers. Learn more about how this information will be used and take the survey.

Be Part of Shaping the 2024 Parks and Open Space Plan: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the process of updating the Parks and Open Space Plan to maintain the City’s eligibility for state-administered grants. Get more information about the Plan and learn how you can get involved.