If your neighborhood needs funding to participate in the 31st Annual Night Out on August 4, the Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to apply now to its Small Sparks Fund because the deadline is Monday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. Even though the deadline for applications is June 22, you’ll need to register first in our web-based application system by June 19. For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round. Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.
Here is your June issue of our newsletter, Neighborhood News. Enjoy!
Nine Days. I’ve been here nine days. June 2nd was my first official day here at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. I say “official” because I have worked with this department in some capacity for years. This is familiar ground to me. In my previous life, pre-nine days ago, I have:
Relied on my Neighborhood District Coordinator over the years and credit a few for being mentors to me.
Submitted applications to the Neighborhood Matching Fund; sometimes receiving funding. Sometimes not.
Chaired my District Council and served on the City Neighborhood Council.
Attended Citizen Advisory Committees and provided comments to the Landmarks Preservation Board.
I have not signed up for a P-Patch….not yet. I have not mastered weeding in my own yard so that guilt has prevented me from signing up for a plot elsewhere.
So, yes, I am familiar with this department.
This department is rich in history. Created nearly 30 years ago, this is a department that has introduced the city to many programs that are considered crowning jewels. My role is to make sure that our future is just as rich as our past, and I am honored and thrilled to help lead the way.
I come here having ideas but knowing I do not have all of the answers. And that’s why I am going to rely on you. Here are a few things I do believe:
Our residents are quite resourceful and are some of our best resources.
We need more chairs at the table.
Not everyone can provide testimony during the day or attend a meeting in the evening.
Let’s identify the obstacles and create more opportunities.
Everyone has a voice, and it’s our job to make sure those voices are heard.
Though this department is not new to me, this role is. It truly is an honor – a bit daunting, but an honor. I look forward to listening and learning something new every day. Here is to “day 10” and many more beyond that!
For fresh organic produce this summer look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands which open for the season at the end of June. The farm stands offer produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority neighborhoods.
The High Point Farm Stand is located at 32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street. It is open on Wednesdays beginning June 24 to September 30. The NewHolly Farm Stand is located at S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S. It is open Fridays beginning June 26 through October 2. Both farm stands’ hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their organic produce.
The High Point and NewHolly Market Gardens are part of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program and its collaboration with Seattle Housing Authority and GROW to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises.
To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.
The community will hold a celebration on Thursday, June 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the garden, which is located at the corner of Elliot Avenue and Vine Street. There will be speakers from the City, as well as free food and drink. This event is open to all and gardeners from the P-Patch will be on hand to provide tours of this beautiful space.
The Belltown P-Patch is a gem in the heart of the city and is visited each year by hundreds of people from all over the world. It was a featured garden by the American Community Gardening Association in 2014. The cottages, originally built nearly 100 years ago, share the space and add a unique and historical backdrop to the space. They are now used by in-residence writers and gardeners.
“The Belltown P-Patch is a welcome respite from the bustle of the city and a focal point for the neighborhood, reflecting the diverse needs of those who live and work here,” said P-Patch gardener and anniversary organizer Natalie Reber. “The hands that bring together this beautiful and unique garden are many, and this celebration is about them and the many seasons of life that have been put into this space.”
Rich MacDonald, supervisor of the P-Patch Community Gardening Program, commented, “The Belltown P-Patch represents so much to this neighborhood. Not only does it provide green space in the heart of the city, it is a meeting place for neighbors, a refuge for our many homeless community members, and a tourist stop for visitors from all over the world.”
The Belltown P-Patch was a neighborhood labor of love from the beginning, as community activists, neighbors, and passionate gardeners worked with the City and surrounding businesses to purchase, cultivate, secure, and grow the space into the colorful and beloved garden it is today. Early supporter Glenn McGilvra provides a detailed history of the P-Patch in an essay originally published in the book Belltown Paradise (2005, Chicago University Press) but is available online.
The Belltown P-Patch is one of the 90 community gardens managed by our P-Patch Community Gardening Program. Community gardeners grow food on 14.9 acres of the land as well as steward 18.8 acres for the public for a total of 32 acres. We have the largest municipally managed community gardening program outside of New York City.
For more information about the event contact Natalie Reber at 206-683-0160.
The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in our web-based application system by June 19 to apply.
For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.
Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), its civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The program begins this September and runs through September 2016.
During the 12-month program, 26 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.
Sessions will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-9 p.m. at Seattle University. They begin this September and go through next May; then from May through August, participants work in teams with neighborhood groups to plan and implement community projects. Graduation occurs in September of 2016.
Tuition for the 12-month program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/engage/pace.htm. The application deadline is Friday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m.
For questions contact Casey Connelly, PACE Coordinator at 206-684-5667 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is your school or neighborhood planning a youth activity? If so, your group may qualify for support from Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund program. Its Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars of up to $1000 for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement.
Activities could include a sports event, neighborhood clean-up, or talent show, but the ideas are endless. The application is online at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/how-to-apply and the deadline to apply is at least six weeks before your activity. To learn more call 206-733-9916 or visit our website at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund.
Join us for a fun and educational workshop for adults who are leading (or would like to lead) a youth gardening program! The workshop is hosted by the P-Patch Community Gardening Program and led by Emily Bishton, lead educator for Magnuson Nature Programs and Sand Point Elementary School Gardens. The workshop is Saturday, May 30, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Magnuson Brig (6344 NE 74th St) in the Ravenna Room.
We’ll spend most of the time outdoors in the adjacent Magnuson Children’s Garden, so make sure to dress for the weather. The workshop is FREE, but pre-registration and completing our questionnaire to enhance the workshop is required.
Magnuson Children’s Garden is a vibrant public garden that began in 2001 and contains a wide variety of plants and other features that make it an exciting place for children (and adults) to learn about gardening and nature. It also contains a 300 sq ft P-Patch plot with child-height, accessible-raised beds. Come check out this unique garden and join us for a lively morning! The Magnuson Park P-Patch is one of our 90 P-Patch community gardens.
How should Seattle and your neighborhood grow? Now’s your chance to weigh in! The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has released for public comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update. This is a major milestone towards an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan which plots a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future growth and livability. The Comprehensive Plan includes goals and policies for to provide neighborhood-specific guidance for areas where growth and change are happening or desired. The Draft EIS provides detailed information on various growth alternatives, their potential impacts to the environment, and proposed mitigation strategies. The City wants your voice to be heard as we refine strategies for accommodating growth for the benefit of all.
How to provide feedback on the Draft EIS:
- Visit our online open house to learn about the findings of the Draft EIS and take the online survey.
- Submit comments on the Draft EIS online, via email to email@example.com, or in writing to:
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development
Attn: Gordon Clowers
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124
Comments must be postmarked no later than June 18.