Thanksgiving Closure Information

Thanksgiving tableThe Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of our neighbors!


5 Quick Tips for Accessing Your Government

PACE studentsThe second PACE session titled Accessing Government was held recently for the 24 participants enrolled in PACE (People’s Academy for Community Engagement). Facilitated by Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw; King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, and PACE alum Amanda Kay Hemlick, here are the key tips shared with the group:

  • Reach out to your elected officials! It may take more than one e-mail or phone call but it is an important connection.
  • Think about and decide if it is best to contact a department director, a city council member, the mayor, a county council member or someone else. Your issue, idea or concern should be directed at the right official.
  • Rally your neighbors.
  • Connect with community resources like your libraries, community centers, community pools, existing community groups.
  • Come with suggestions!

The PACE cohort meets monthly to learn civic leadership techniques and approaches. Look for tips from the next session titled “Community Organizing.”

International Special Review District Board Announces Annual Election Results

International Special Review DistrictThe annual election for the International Special Review District Board was held on Tuesday, November 17.  Three positions were up for election this year, and the results are as follows:

•  Valerie Tran won Position #1 for a District business person, property owner or employee.

•   Herman Setijono won Position #3 for a District resident, tenant or community participant.

•   Carol S. Leong won Position #5 for a District resident, tenant or community participant.

Starting in December, Ms. Tran and Mr. Setijono will begin their first terms, and Ms. Leong will begin serving her second term.

The special character of the Chinatown International District is recognized and protected by city ordinance.  In 1973, the International Special Review District Board was created to preserve, protect and enhance the cultural, economic and historical qualities of the District. The Board is composed of seven members — five elected by the Chinatown International District community and two appointed by the Mayor.  Board members’ terms are for two years, and members may serve up to two consecutive terms.

The current board members are Ben Grace, Carol Leong, Miye Moriguchi, Martha Rogers, Joann Ware and Marie Wong. Ms. Ware and Mr. Grace are outgoing members. There is currently one vacancy on the Board.

The International Special Review District is coordinated by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program which is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts located throughout the city.



Mayor Murray and Councilmembers Introduce Legislation Designating Seattle P-I Globe a City landmark

PI GlobeMayor Ed Murray, along with Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Jean Godden, and Sally Bagshaw, have introduced legislation to formally designate the Seattle P-I Globe a Seattle landmark. City Council’s approval of this ordinance will complete the process that began in 2012

“The P-I Globe is one of our city’s prominent icons, a visible reminder of Seattle’s history,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “With this ordinance, the P-I Globe will continue to greet Seattle visitors and residents with its familiar motto, ‘It’s in the P-I.’”

The P-I Globe was designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Board in April of 2012 when it was nominated by three City Councilmembers – Jean Godden, Tim Burgess and Sally Clark. Once it was designated, City staff worked with the Hearst Corporation, the Globe’s owner, to develop an agreement that specified the features to be preserved and clarified what changes would need review by the Landmarks Preservation Board. Once that agreement was completed in June, the legislative process could go forward.

“This legislation is a step forward in a long journey to preserve and honor a symbol of competitive journalism in Seattle,” said Councilmember Jean Godden and former reporter for the Seattle P-I. “We must continue to seek the right site for this iconic work of art.”

“Following our designation of the P-I Globe, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board is delighted that the significant 1948 structure has become one of the city’s most visible and unique landmarks,” said Jeffrey Murdock, acting chair of the Board. “We look forward to being involved in the structure’s careful rehabilitation and eventual return to its role as a revolving, illuminated beacon for the City and the Sound.”

“I want to thank the members of the Landmarks Preservation Board for their thoughtful review, evaluation, and approval to designate the P-I Globe as a city landmark,” said Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director Kathy Nyland. “Their expertise and careful assessment is important to the city’s Landmarks process, and the many decisions that come before them each year.”

The P-I Globe is a unique sign, designed and manufactured specifically to advertise the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. It’s been considered a Seattle icon since it was installed on the Post-Intelligencer building in 1948. The image of the Globe served as the logo for the newspaper, appearing on its masthead and on each section of the paper. The Globe was later moved to its present location on Elliott Avenue W. in 1986.



Mayor Announces $464,000 in Matching Funds for Neighborhood Projects

Rainier Beach Community ClubMayor Murray has announced the 24 community groups receiving matching funds to support neighborhood-initiated projects across the city. Totaling $464,823, the Neighborhood Matching Fund awards will fund a variety of physical improvements, cultural festivals, and events.

“These awards recognize the dedication and hard work of community members working together to improve their neighborhood,” said Mayor Murray. “Whether the projects are for physical improvements or a cultural celebration, the benefit of this program is the connection and engagement of neighbors and the broader community.”

These awards are part of the Small and Simple Projects Fund, one of three funds we offer through the Neighborhood Matching Fund. It provides cash awards of up to $25,000 in matching funds to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. The 2015 November awards range from $5,000 to $25,000, and the organizations pledge to match the City of Seattle’s $464,823 investment with $523,744 of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

“The Neighborhood Matching Fund has been such an incredible resource for communities over the past 27 years,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “The dollars raised by community groups are leveraged with the help of the Fund which means a “win” for the groups and their projects, but also a “win” for the community at large. This round of projects is diverse and creative and proves once again how resourceful communities are throughout Seattle.”

In addition to the Small and Simple Projects Fund, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) has two other programs: the Large Projects Fund which provides matching funds of up to $100,000, and the Small Sparks Fund which provides funds of up to $1,000. Since 1988 more than 5,000 projects have been completed by neighborhoods and communities with the help of NMF, and its investment in neighborhoods can be seen across the city. For more information about all of the funds, visit

The Small and Simple Projects Fund opens again for applications next January. To learn more, visit

Congratulations to these November awardees:

District 1

$17,172 to Delridge Advisory Core Team to survey and do outreach to create a shared vision for business prosperity, foster community-oriented economic development, and connect neighborhood businesses and residents. (Community match: $9,800)

$25,000 to West Seattle Junction Association to procure and install a large piece of public art, along with lighting, in the Junction Plaza Park. (Community match: $28,660)

$8,900 to Friends of the Chilberg Link to extensively landscape a sloped median on Chilberg Avenue SW leading to Emma Schmitz Park to grow edible plants and create an attractive display. (Community match: $10,888)

District 2

$11,750 to Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience to create an exhibit about the Danny Woo Community Garden featuring oral histories of pioneers and elderly immigrant gardeners and hands-on learning activities. (Community match: $47,171)

District 3

$25,000 to Gay City Arts to organize events exploring the experiences of three marginalized groups within LGBT communities: people of color, transgender and genderqueer people, and people over 40. The free events will include classes in visual, literary and performing arts, along with community dialogues and performances. (Community match: $33,404)

$25,000 to Tasveer to organize the 11th Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus festival to celebrate the artistic and activist work of and about South Asian women and their community through film, visual art, performances, and conversations. (Community match: $48,750)

$15,000 to Madrona PTSA to install a reader board at the school’s front entrance to engage the Madrona community with school news and neighborhood events. (Community match: $15,085)

$12,800 to Friends of Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint to remove invasive plants, restore native habitat, preserve the view corridor and do some replacement planting. (Community match: $12,820)

$10,000 to Capitol Hill Champion to organize community engagement regarding neighborhood priorities for Capitol Hill Station Transit Oriented Development though focused conversations and design charrettes with underrepresented populations to promote inclusion of neighborhood preferences. (Community match: $7,720)

$25,000 to First Hill Improvement Association to engage the community in a visioning and concept design for First Hill Park to make it a safe, active open space. (Community match: $13,500)

$25,000 to Friends of the Conservatory to conduct a feasibility study addressing improvements of water usage in Volunteer Park. Study will include preliminary design and cost estimates. (Community match: $12,500)

$24,640 to Montlake Community Club to work with community stakeholders to develop a planning document to improve the vitality of the Montlake business district along the 24th Avenue corridor to Highway 520. (Community match: $15,900)

District 4

$25,000 to Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange for KMGP 101.1, a new low-power FM radio station that will broadcast arts and culturally relevant news, music, and programming. Station will provide opportunities for after school youth job training, school programming, and community involvement. (Community match $46,279)

$10,000 to Friends of North Lake Union to do the initial assessment and planning requirements for the creation of a small scale environmental restoration project for Waterway 22 located on N Northlake Way at Stone Way N. (Community match: $5,000)

$8,968 for Sand Point Elementary PTA to create a more usable, safer sport court in the covered indoor/outdoor play area by installing a textured surface marked for various sports. (Community match: $8,968)

District 6

$12,390 to Friends of the Ballard Civic Orchestra to create a multigenerational, multiethnic community orchestra that is open to the public, and offer rehearsals, instructional workshops and performances without charge. (Community match: $15,430)

$25,000 to Friends of Ballard Avenue to create a plan for permanent overhead street lighting for historic Ballard Ave NW that will foster an improved sense of security and enhance this historic, iconic neighborhood. (Community match: $12,550)

District 7

$25,000 to Lawton Elementary School PTA to implement Phase 1 of playground improvements to reduce maintenance costs, improve watershed function, and increase connectivity to surrounding parklands. (Community match: $83,750)

$10,000 to Friends of Bell Street Park Reading Room to put out carts of books, tables, and chairs to create a mobile public reading room at Bell Street Park events and in the Belltown Community Center. (Community match: $12,120)

$25,000 to South Lake Union Community Council for the second phase of design work for a series of micro-parks along Westlake Avenue N from Denny Way to Lake Union Park intended to enhance the vibrancy of the public space along the arterial. (Community match: $12,500)

$25,000 to Magnolia Trail Community to carry out Phase II of a community-informed study to develop a walk/bike trail through roughly 300 yards of SDOT and Seattle Parks land that is currently a gap in the network of citywide trails. (Community match: $13,500)


$25,000 to Deaf Spotlight to offer a three-week summer theater camp for 15-20 middle and high school youth who are hard of hearing or are signing hearing children of deaf adults. Project culminates in performance of a play that the students write and produce. (Community match: $25,000)

$25,000 to Garinagu Houngua to organize workshops for the community to learn about the language, culture, and art of the Garifuna people from Garifuna natives. Project will culminate in a cultural event with presentations, dance, art, and food. (Community match: $15,900)

$23,203 to Festival Centro Americano to organize a free event in August, 2016 of Central American cultural performances, cultural expression, and cultural exchange. (Community match: $16,550)




Join the Rainier Beach Neighborhood and The Mission Continues this Saturday for a Community Clean-up

Rainier Beach CleanupJoin the Rainier Beach neighborhood and their newest partner, The Mission Continues veteran’s service organization, to clean up fall leaves and litter and spruce up the Beach! The event is this Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Mapes Creek Walkway Plaza (S. Henderson across the street from Rainier Beach High School). Click here to view the flyer and map of the project area. Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided and make sure to register in advance here to claim your event t-shirt!

These Seattle-area veterans from The Mission Continues are pledging to work shoulder to shoulder with the Rainier Beach community on a variety of neighborhood improvement projects through 2016.

And a big “thank you” to SDOT Urban Forestry Division and the SPU Adopt-a-Street Program for their help with this event!


Orca K-8 School Celebrates its Renovation on November 20

Orca PlaygroundJoin the families and friends of Orca K-8 as they celebrate the grand opening of their renovated playground. Located between S. Dawson and S. Bennet Street at 45th Street, the event will occur on November 20 at 4 p.m. There will be a short ceremony, snacks and activities around the newly rejuvenated playground and field that has new paths, play structures, tress, rain garden and a nature council ring. The project was funded in part with a $100,000 award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund.


Six Quick Tips To Make Your Event More inclusive

PACE Seminar IOPEPACE (People’s Academy for Community Engagement) hosted a seminar last week on how to make events and meetings more inclusive for everyone. Known as Universal Design, Deborah Witmer of the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities and Jess Chow from the City talked to a standing room only crowd. Here are a few quick tips they shared:

  • Make sure your location is visible! It is easy to find and well lit.
  • Prioritize budget to include interpretation
  • If a PowerPoint is used, verbally communicate each slide, including graphs and charts.
  • Invite community to aid in planning events, meetings or programs.
  • Allow for participants to participate!
  • Facilitate, don’t lecture!

City Seeks Steering Committee Members for Youth Participatory Budgeting Program

Youth CommissionSeattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking individuals interested in serving on the steering committee of the new Seattle Participatory Budgeting Program(PB). PB is a democratic process through which Seattle youth ages 13-19 decide how to spend part of the City’s budget. In the Mayor’s 2016 Proposed Budget, $500,000 has been set aside for PB in its inaugural year.

“We are empowering our young people to help create the services and resources that speak to their concerns,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This is your chance to address unmet needs, create a brighter future and support a more equitable community for all our youth.”

Along with representatives from the Seattle Youth Commission and the City Neighborhood Council, the steering committee will include youth leaders and representatives from Seattle organizations working with youth that are involved in civic engagement, empowerment and organizing, good government, research, planning and policy, community organizing, community education, grant making, social justice giving, or urban infrastructure. This is a volunteer board that will serve from November 2015 to July 2016.

“The Participatory Budgeting steering committee is a great opportunity for young people to directly shape how city money is spent, and learn how the city works—from the inside,” said Councilmember Nick Licata.

Visit to learn more about the steering committee and to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 13 at 5 p.m. For questions, contact Rahwa Habte at 206.615.2008 or


Learn to Make Your Events More Accessible at This FREE Seminar

PACE SeminarHolding a public meeting or event? Want to ensure that it is accessible for anyone who wants to attend? Join us for our FREE seminar, “Universal Design: Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement,”  where you’ll learn to identify barriers to community participation in meetings, events, and programs. It will be held on November 5 from 6 – 7:45 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library (425 Harvard Ave E). The facilitators will discuss and identify ways to increase accessibility and inclusion. Participants will leave the seminar with tangible strategies to enhance the accessibility of their events.

For more information, call 206-684-5667. To request interpretation, childcare or other accommodation, please call by October 20. This seminar is hosted by the People’s Academy for Community Engagement.