Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Charity Ranger Finds Accessible Gardening Space and a Welcoming Community at Thomas Street P-Patch

We recently caught up with Thomas Street P-Patch gardener Charity Ranger and her caregiver, Kay, to learn about the different accessibility features at the community space that enable Charity to participate in the garden and find a sense of community.

Read Charity's story on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens through August 25: Seattle children ages 1 through 18 years old can enjoy free breakfasts, lunches, and snacks once again this summer through the Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Program. Free meals will be made available at no charge to children across the city. Learn more about this year’s program.

Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Accepting Applications! Apply by August 7: Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment is excited to announce this funding opportunity for grants up to $40k to support community-led projects that enhance the quality of life in the Duwamish Valley. Learn more and apply for the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund!

Join the Parks and Recreation Team! Attend Virtual Hiring Event on August 3: In partnership with the Associated Recreation Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hiring for multiple part- and full-time positions in their Recreation Division. Learn more about open positions and how to apply.

Calling All Coast Salish Artists! Help Create Public Art at Be’er Sheva Park: As part of improvements to the park, the Rainier Beach Link2Lake Steering Committee is seeking emerging Coast Salish artist(s) to create a two-dimensional public art piece that highlights cultural, historical, and ecological significance of the area. Read more about the project and how to apply.

Farmer’s Market Returns to City Hall through August 29: The City of Seattle is excited to welcome the return of the Farmer’s Market at Seattle City Hall hosted by Pike Place Market. The market will be held every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 600 4th Ave. See a schedule of all the Pike Place Express Farmer’s Markets.

New Legislation Strengthens Maritime and Industrial Land Protections and Creates New Housing and Job Opportunities: The Maritime and Industrial Strategy will update the City’s land use code to allow for future growth near planned light rail stations and create healthier transitions from industrial to non-industrial areas. Learn more about the Maritime and Industrial Strategy.

In The Community

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Paddle to Muckleshoot: A Celebratory and Ceremonial Healing Experience

On Sunday, July 30, as many as 120 Indigenous, First Nation, and Alaska Native canoe families made the journey from their homelands across the ancestral highways of the sea, just as their ancestors had since time immemorial, to gather at Alki Beach. Many elders were scattered across the beach in their lounge chairs with their toes in the sand, smiling out at the water, welcoming each canoe family as the canoes rowed in. After arriving at the shores, a weeklong traditional potlatch ceremony is held on the host nation’s land, where the families enjoy song, dance, gifts, and shared meals provided by the host nation.

Read full story in the South Seattle Emerald.

An illustration of five people wearing traditional Mien clothing holding hands and text: "WA Mien Festival August 13, 2023 Saltwater State Park"

Community is Invited to the First Annual Iu Mien Festival on August 13

As a vibrant and resilient community that has proudly called the King County area home for 43 years, the Iu Mien community has often felt unseen and overlooked. Never before have they had the privilege of hosting a public event that would allow them to authentically showcase their rich heritage and unique experiences. The Iu Mien Cultural Festival, made possible by the generous sponsorship of Washington State Parks, is a milestone for the Iu Mien community. It not only amplifies the voice of the Iu Mien people but also provides a platform to share their culture with the wider public. The Iu Mien Festival will take place on August 13, from 9am-6pm at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines.

Learn more on Facebook.

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South Park’s Marra-Desimone Park Provides Seed to Grow Community

The Seattle neighborhood of South Park is located on the west bank of the Duwamish River. In the middle of the neighborhood is hidden gem Marra-Desimone Park, a thriving farm reflecting the diverse cultures of the neighborhood and providing recreational opportunities for all. The urban farm is one of only two historic agricultural parcels within Seattle city limits still used as active farmland, supported by community volunteers and nonprofit organizations.

Read more in L’Italo Americano.

Share Your Feedback

Provide Feedback on Hutchinson Playground Renovation at Event on August 3: Join Seattle Parks and Recreation this Thursday to provide input, hear community survey results, and review potential play area styles and park design options. Read more about renovations at Hutchinson Playground.

Help Shape the New Magnuson Park Junior League Play Area: Attend a public kick-off meeting on August 3, from 6 to 7:30 pm where the design team will share a site analysis and potential play area styles and equipment. Take a short survey to share your input on the renovations.