Join us for FREE ice cream at CityScoop in Ballard

CityScoopCityScoop is coming to Ballard: August 27, 1-3pm!

Join the City of Seattle for CityScoop, a fun way to share your ideas with City staff while enjoying free ice cream. The City has important topics on which we need your input, so we invite you to relax in our tents, provide us your feedback, and enjoy a free treat courtesy of Full Tilt Ice Cream.

CityScoop will be open from 1 – 3pm on Saturday, August 27. You’ll find us on Ballard Avenue between NW Vernon Place and 22nd Ave NW at Summer Parkways 2016, the fun family biking event and party.

A few of the topics shared under our big tent will include:

  • Discussion on the best ways for the city to engage with you
  • Uses for neighborhood streets that are new and creative ways
  • Information on the city’s plan for walking safely in neighborhoods
  • Next steps in affordable housing
  • Sharing transportation investments happening around your neighborhood
  • Information on discounted bus passes and car sharing for low-income residents

After visiting CityScoop, make sure to stop by Sustainable Ballard Festival at Ballard Commons Park.

CityScoop will also be at Summer Parkways 2016 in West Seattle on September 25. Learn more at CityScoop is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Advancing Equitable Outreach and Engagement

Message from Kathy Nyland, Director

Mayor Murray recently issued an Executive Order directing the city to approach outreach and engagement in an equitable manner. Putting an equity lens on our approaches is bold and, yes, brave. It shows a commitment to practices that address accessibility and equity.

What does this mean?

  • We often hear that meetings can feel like we are “checking a box.” The Mayor’s action means we can create processes that are more relationship-based and build authentic partnerships.
  • It means that we can create plans that are culturally sensitive, which includes an emphasis on translated materials.
  • It means we broaden access points, identify obstacles and turn them into opportunities.

What else does this mean?

  • It means we have an opportunity to recreate, re-envision and reconcile many lingering issues, including defining the difference between neighborhoods and communities, providing clarity about roles, and creating a system of engagement that builds partnerships with, and between, communities throughout the city of Seattle.
  • It means that we will be working to expand choices and opportunities for community members throughout this city, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of those who face barriers to participation.
  • It means that we’ll work with city offices and departments on community involvement to ensure that they are effective and efficient through the wise use and management of all resources, including the community’s time.
  • And it means we will expand the toolbox and make some investments in digital engagement.


Seattle is a unique city, and we are fortunate to have so many valuable partners currently at the proverbial table. Those partners play an important role and that role will continue. While we are appreciative of the countless hours our volunteers spend making our city better, we recognize and acknowledge there are barriers to participation. There are communities who cannot be at the table, while there are some communities who don’t even know there is a table. This is where the Department of Neighborhoods comes in.

This is not a power grab. It is a power share. At the heart of this Executive Order is a commitment to advance the effective deployment of equitable and inclusive community engagement strategies across all city departments. This is about making information and opportunities for participation more accessible to communities throughout the city.


“This is not about silencing voices. It’s the exact opposite. It’s about bringing more people into the conversations or at least creating opportunities for people to participate so they can be heard.”

Face-to-face meetings are incredibly important and those are not going away. But not every person can attend a community meeting, and the ability to do so should not determine who gets to participate and who gets to be heard.

We’d love to hear what tools YOU need to be successful and how WE can help you. Share your ideas with us:

  • Send an email to
  • Share your comments below.
  • Contact us at 206-684-0464 or mail us at P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.
  • Join and follow the conversation online using #AdvancingEquitySEA at:

Facebook – @SeattleNeighborhoods
Twitter – @SeaNeighborhood

This is about making things easier and less exhaustive. This is about connecting communities to government and to one another. This is about moving forward.

Kathy Nyland, Director
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

People's Academy for Community EngagementSeattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The fall session begins September 27 and runs through December 6.

During the 10-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Fall sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Miller Community Center. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Government 101, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Meeting Facilitation, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and Sustaining Involvement.

Tuition for the 10-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit The application deadline is Friday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE will be offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. The winter session will begin in January of 2017. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email

Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

Othello+Intl+music+nwlrSeptember 2 workshop for interested applicants
Application deadline is October 5

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, our Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides awards of up to $25,000 to for community-building projects that are matched by community contributions.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit This is the last opportunity in 2015 to apply to this fund.

The final workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE. The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, go online at or call  206-233-0093. The workshop is open to all.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

13th Annual Art in the Garden Fundraiser August 10

AITG-Amy-Painting-Dahlias-150x150Art in the Garden is celebrating its 13th year at the Ballard P-Patch Community Garden!  It is poised to be their biggest and best yet.  Join for a few hours, or for the entire day on Saturday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, for this free event.  The garden is a hidden gem nestled at 8527 25th Ave NW.

Walk around gorgeous dahlias, ripening tomatoes and giant sunflowers as you discover 18 local artists, enjoy live acoustic music, grab a bite to eat from the food trucks, and relax with a cold Maritime Pacific at our Beer Garden on the patio.

Their talented gardeners will have homemade baked goods for sale and freshly handmade pies to auction off – prices go up fast and pies go even faster.  Try your best bidding tactics at the silent auction to win artwork, gift baskets of wine, and much more. Kids will have fun sign painting, and visiting the chicken meet and greet to learn about urban farming.  There will be garden ambassadors to answer any questions you may have, from the history of the garden to helping you identify what is growing in over 80 individual garden plots. 

Art in the Garden is the primary fundraiser for the Ballard P-Patch, and supports our Giving Gardens for the Ballard Food Bank, as well as our on-going efforts to improve our garden and maintain it for the entire community.  Keep up-to-date with artists and the day’s events by visiting  For questions email


Mayor McGinn Seeks Candidate for Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board

Mayor Mike McGinn is inviting applicants for an opening on the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. The opening is for either a Ballard historian or a person having a demonstrated interest in the Ballard community.

The seven-member Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board protects the historical and architectural values and significance of the District by regulating all proposed changes to the external appearance of buildings, structures, and public rights-of-way located within the district boundaries.

The Board includes two district property owners, two district property owners/business persons, one district tenant/resident, one architect and one Ballard historian or person with a demonstrated interest in the Ballard community. Five Board members are elected for a two-year term at annual elections in the District, and two are appointed by the Mayor and approved by Seattle City Council.

Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. Board members generally must commit two to four hours a month to Board business. Board members serve without compensation and must be Seattle residents.

Interested applicants should send a resume and letter of interest by May 16, 2013. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Please email your letter and resume to:  (reference Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board in the subject line). To submit a paper copy, mail it to: Heather McAuliffe, Coordinator, Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649. For more information, please call Heather McAuliffe at (206) 684-0229.

The city of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Mayor’s web site at Get the Mayor’s inside view on efforts to promote transportation, public safety, economic opportunity, and healthy communities by signing up for The Newsletter at

Salmon Bay School Playground: A Place For All

In January, hundreds of students from Salmon Bay School in Ballard enjoyed a celebration and ceremony to officially open their new playground. This playground is unique in that it serves as a play space for all children, but has been specially designed to serve the needs of children with Autism Spectrum disorders. In addition to the Friends of Salmon Bay and the Salmon Bay Steering Committee, the students were joined at the ceremony by several dignitaries including City Council President Sally Clark and King County Councilmember Larry Phillips.

Over the past three years, the Neighborhood Matching Fund supported this project. Small and Simple Projects Fund awards were given to support its planning and design, as well as the construction documents. The committee also received a Large Projects Fund of $100,000 to support the construction. This project was truly a team effort involving City, County, School District, Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB), business, foundations, community groups, and more. The committee raised its matching funds through activities such as a salmon dinner fundraiser and a talent show, along with donations from community members, businesses, foundations, and a King County Youth Sports Facility Grant. Hundreds of volunteer hours contributed to the project from non-stop fund raising to planning meetings to constructing the site. A highlight was the day ING brought 100 volunteers to clean, paint, and prepare the site for playground equipment installation, not to mention a sizeable cash donation.

Congratulations to the students, Robin Lofstrom and Lance Adams, the co-chairs of the project, and the rest of the Salmon Bay School family.

Kirke Park P-Patch opens

Congratulations to P-Patch gardeners who celebrated the grand opening of Kirke Park P-Patch this fall. The opening not only featured a fine spread of food by the  organizers, but P-Patch plots were assigned, and the winter cover crop was sown to celebrate. The P-Patch is located in Ballard at 7028 9th Avenue NW.

As a Parks and Green Spaces levy project, Kirke Park P-Patch has been in the works for more than two years. Community members volunteered more than 450 hours preparing the beds and working together to design and  build a garden shed and picnic table.  The garden shed itself honors the name of the park – “Kirke”- which is Norwegian for “church.” There are presently 37 -100 square foot plots, and over time the P-Patch will have a food bank giving garden and children’s garden spaces.   


Ballard Carnegie Library to be considered by Landmarks Preservation Board

The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider landmark nomination for the Ballard Carnegie Library located at 2026 NW Market Street. The meeting will be on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, in Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments.  Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board by 5:00 p.m. on September 17 at the following address: Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle WA, 98124-4649. 

Copies of the Landmark Nomination are available for public review at the Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Avenue NW, (206-684-4089) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). The nomination is posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

The Landmarks Preservation Board is coordinated by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program. The Historic Preservation Program handles the identification and protection of more than 450 historic structures, site, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts throughout Seattle. For more information, contact 206.684.0464.