Mayor Murray seeks two new members for Landmarks Preservation Board

Judge Ronald HouseMayor Edward Murray is looking for two new members to serve on the Landmarks Preservation Board in the At-Large position and the Architect position.

The 12-member Landmarks Preservation Board makes recommendations to the Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties.

The Board is composed of two architects, two historians, one structural engineer, one representative each from the fields of real estate and finance, one member from the City Planning Commission, a Get Engaged member (a position for adults ages 18-29), and three members at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 p.m. The Architect and Historian board members also serves on the Board’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC). In general, Board members must commit approximately 10 hours per month to Landmarks Board business.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by May 15, 2015. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible. Please email your letter and resume to: (reference the Landmarks Preservation Board in the subject line).

To submit a paper copy, please address: Erin Doherty, Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

For more information, contact Erin Doherty at (206) 684-0380.

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.


Small Sparks Funds still Available for Spring Clean!

Spring Clean flierIf your neighborhood would like to participate in Spring Clean, the city’s annual community clean-up event, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your activity.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1,000 to help enhance their activities with funding for publicity, plants, or special clean-up supplies, to name a few. The deadline for applications is six weeks before your event.

For information on the application process, visit or call 206-233-0093. Interested applicants must register in the web-based application system at least two days before applying.

Spring Clean is Seattle’s premier clean-up event hosted by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). Held every April and May through a partnership with Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Department of Transportation, Spring Clean provides opportunities for residents to keep our city tidy. SPU provides bags, gloves, safety vests and more to help with the neighborhood clean-ups. For more information, contact the Spring Clean hotline at (206) 233-7187 or visit


First Large Project Workshop Tomorrow Night

BF Day PlaygroundThe first in a series of workshops being offered for applicants to the Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Fund is tomorrow night, February 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N.  Attendance at one of the offered workshops is mandatory for groups wishing to apply to the fund.  Deadline is May 5.  For more information, click here.   To RSVP, click here.

Join in Activities to Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on February 8

Neighbor Appreciation DayCelebrate Seattle’s 20th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day to reach out to neighbors and express thanks to all who make each neighborhood a great place. City departments, community groups, and residents across Seattle are hosting work parties, special events, guided walks, and fire station open houses on Saturday, February 8 to celebrate this day.

You can participate in one of the public events below or simply invite your neighbor for coffee. More details can be found at All events are FREE unless noted.

Neighbor Appreciation Day Street Clean Up in Queen Anne
All are invited to help clean up the streets and meet your neighbors in lower Queen Anne.
Time: 9:30 – 12 noon
Location: Counterbalance Park at 2 Roy Street.

Neighbor Appreciation Day at Cascade’s People’s Center: Book Exchange
Cascade neighborhood invites all ages to exchange books and conversation. Selected readings of books about the Northwest or written by Northwest authors. Bring 1-3 gently used books to exchange; but if you can’t, Mirabella neighbors are donating a few good reads! Hosted by Cascade Neighborhood Council and the Y @ Cascade People’s Center.
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Y at Cascade People’s Center, Main Room, 309 Pontius Ave. N

South Park Pancake Breakfast
Come help us celebrate Neighborhood Appreciation Day and eat some pancakes while getting to know your neighbors.
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Location:  South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S

Melrose Ave. Cleanup
Clean up litter with your neighbors at Mercer & Republican Access Steps to Melrose Ave and help plant bushes at Olive Way & Melrose Triangle.
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:  1740 Melrose Ave

Stairway Walks 2014
Join Feet First for the 2nd Annual Stairway Walks Day. It features 18 unique walks across the Seattle that celebrate the legacy of more than 650 publicly accessible stairways. Register at or
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Locations: Ravenna, Fremont, Maple Leaf, University District, Madrona, Eastlake, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, Downtown, Mount Baker, Rainier Beach, and Seward Park, plus Burien and Bellevue.
Cost: $5 suggested donation

South Park Neighbor Appreciation Day Work Party
Participate in a work party to help maintain Desimone Public Park, Hamm Creek, and Solid Ground’s Giving Garden. Hot tea and snacks provided.
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: 9026 4th Ave S

Neighbor Appreciation Day Fire Station Open Houses
Visit one of 18 Seattle fire stations for the 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day celebration.
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Waterfront Fire Station 5, 925 Alaskan Way
Queen Anne Fire Station 8, 110 Lee St. (celebration of special newly renovated station)
Highpoint Fire Station 11, 1514 SW Holden St
Green Lake Fire Station 16, 6846 Oswego Pl NE
University District Fire Station 17, 1050 NE 50th St
Queen Anne Fire Station 20, 3205 13th W
Phinney Ridge Fire Station 21, 7304 Greenwood Ave N
Roanoke Fire Station 22, 901 E. Roanoke St
Rainier Valley Fire Station 28, 5968 Rainier Ave S
Mount Baker Station 30, 2931 Mount Baker Blvd S
Crown Hill Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Ave NW
West Seattle Fire Station 37, 7700 35th Ave SW
Lake City Fire Station 39, 2806 NE 127th St
Wedgwood Fire Station 40, 9401 35th Ave NE
Magnolia Fire Station 41, 2416 34th Ave W
Northgate Fire Station 31, 1319 N. Northgate Way
West Seattle Junction Station 32, 3715 SW Alaska St
Rainier Beach Fire Station 33, 9645 Renton Ave S

Southwest Pool Neighbor Appreciation Day Swim
Join us for a free swim and refreshments!
Time: 12 – 2 p.m. for refreshments; free swim 1 – 2 p.m.
Location:  Southwest Teen Life Center, 2801 SW Thistle

Ballard Neighbor Appreciation Day Pool Party
Join Ballard Pool for an extended public swim for all ages. Come for snacks, games, and prizes too!Time: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Location:  Ballard Pool, 1471 NW 67th St
Special price: $2

Ravenna Game Party
Come visit with neighbors over games and snacks. Bring a family favorite and a snack. All ages and abilities welcome.
Time: 1 – 5 p.m.
Location:  7756 Ravenna Ave NE

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the thousands of community members across our city in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! For information, visit .



Save the Date! 2014 Neighbor Appreciation Day is February 8

2013 Neighbor Appreciation Day Waterfront Clean-up

2013 Neighbor Appreciation Day Waterfront Clean-up

Celebrate Seattle’s 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day on February 8, 2014. It’s the traditional day to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Groups, businesses, and residents across Seattle come together the week of February 9 to celebrate this great day!

Visit our website to: 

  • Get ideas, tools, and templates to plan your own neighborhood activity.
  • Post your event to our online calendar.
  • Send a Neighbor Appreciation Day e-card.

Plus, your activity might be eligible for the Small Sparks Fund which provides funding to projects that connect and engage people in our communities. The application deadline for Neighbor Appreciation Day activities is January 8. For more information, call 206-733-9916 or email

Join the hundreds of community members across our city in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors!

Volunteers needed for American Community Gardening Association Annual Conference

Want to participate in the American Community Gardening Association conference coming to Seattle this August? It is a BIG year for our local gardening programs with the 40th anniversary of the P-Patch Community Gardening program and 35th anniversaries for the Master Gardener program in King County and for Seattle Tilth! Join the team that will be hosting this conference!

This conference is a tremendous opportunity to showcase urban gardening and agriculture opportunities in the city and in our region and to develop strong connections among local and regional urban gardening and agriculture activities, as well as learn from national and international conference attendees.  Learn more about how to get involved.


Deadline extended for submission to serve on the International Special Review District Board (ISRD)

The deadline for submission of a cover letter and resume for one of two Mayoral appointee seats on the ISRD Board has been extended through Jan. 4th. We are seeking individuals who are architects and who have an interest in historic preservation and/or familiarity with the Chinatown/International District. If you know of interested and qualified candidates, please share this information.   Click here for more information.

Help students succeed in school at neighborhood libraries!

The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to assist students in grades 1–12 with homework assignments in English, history, mathematics, science, social studies and other subjects on a drop-in basis. Volunteers are especially needed at the Beacon Hill, Delridge, Columbia, High Point, NewHolly and Rainier Beach branches. Volunteers must have completed at least one year of college and have experience assisting children and teens as a tutor, teacher or family member. Make a difference today by calling the Library’s volunteer services coordinator at 206-386-4664 or visiting for more information!

Beacon Food Forest’s Ground Making Day this Saturday

Bring your gloves and the strength to regenerate your public land into a Food Forest for all.  The Beacon Food Forest is located on the SW Corner of Jefferson Park. Dakota St. and 15th Ave S. 

Food and drink will be provided by Tom Douglas Co., La Panzanella and others. West African Drum music will be provided by Katia Roberts and Friends.

 To volunteer, RSVP to

Bitter Lake P-Patch work party this Saturday…can you dig it?

Come help dig garden beds at the new Bitter Lake P-Patch this Saturday, September 29 from 10 to 5 p.m.  Here’s the rest of the scoop:

WHERE: The Bitterlake P-Patch, N 143rd & Linden Ave N (Map)

WHAT TO BRING: Work gloves, strong hoes (we really need hoes – they work very well for this hard soil) and shovels, hard rakes, soft rakes, garden digging forks. 

WHAT ELSE TO BRING: Food to share, WATER, hat, sunblock. 

Please contact Angela Fava < if you are interested in helping out.