Spring has sprung, and any Seattleite worth their raincoat knows that means one thing: it’s construction season! Our Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks and Streets (YVYC) partners at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) have been working hard to turn the 33 projects selected by community members in 2017 into reality. SDOT recently launched a new website with design and construction details for YVYC projects and will be providing updates and information on this website as each project progresses. Folks in neighborhoods near project sites were mailed postcards with project details.
Some projects have already been constructed, like a new crosswalk on E Yesler Way at 17th Ave S near the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Summer program students at Langston Hughes were active voters in YVYC 2017 and will now enjoy a safer crossing in their neighborhood: community decision-making in action!
If you have questions regarding project implementation, you can contact the SDOT and SPR teams at 206.316.2549 or YVYC_Projects@seattle.gov.
2018 Your Voice, Your Choice
Here at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, we’ve just wrapped up the Project Development phase of the current Your Voice, Your Choice cycle. We had well over 500 community members attend 32 meetings across the city to discuss and evaluate the 1,000+ project ideas received this year. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to meet their neighbors and share their voice – especially the over 60% of participants who had never participated before in YVYC or other City of Seattle programs!
We are tabulating all the project scores to determine which project ideas will move forward to the evaluation, design and scoping phase with SDOT and SPR. Look for an update later this month on these projects, as well as ways to get involved in the Vote phase, which will run from June 16-July 16.
If you have any questions, please email Kraig Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.