Belltown P-Patch Celebrates 20 Years on June 18

Belltown P-PatchThe Belltown P-Patch, Seattle’s only downtown community garden, is gathering the community in celebration of a major milestone with 20 years of bringing beauty, color, and tranquility to downtown.

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.



Mayor Murray seeks new member for Landmarks Preservation Board

Sorrento HotelMayor Edward Murray is seeking a new member to serve on the Landmarks Preservation Board in 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 serve on the Board’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC). In general, Board members must commit approximately 10 hours per month to Landmark Board business.

Applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation.

If interested, please email your letter of interest and resume by June 26 to (reference the Landmarks Preservation Board in the subject line). Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

To submit a paper copy, address it to: Erin Doherty, Landmark Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649. For more information, contact Erin 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.

Funds Available to Support Neighborhood Night Out 2015 Activities

Night OutIf your neighborhood plans to participate in the 31st Annual Night Out on August 4, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event.

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 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


What is the Future of Magnuson Park’s Most Historic Building?

B2 Charrette InviteThe Magnuson Park Advisory Committee invites you to a Community Visioning Charrette for Building 2 in Warren G. Magnuson Park. The date is Saturday, June 6 from 1 – 5 p.m. You’ll get to tour the building, meet the experts, explore development possibilities, learn about this historic asset, and share your perspectives. For more details and to register, please visit

Building 2 is located within the 89-acre Sand Point Naval Air Station Landmark District, one of eight landmark districts in the city.


Two Elementary Schools are Seattle’s Newest Landmarks

McGilvra Elementary SchoolSeattle City Council recently approved landmark designation ordinances for two elementary schools. Located in Madison Park and Montlake neighborhoods, both buildings were recognized for their cultural significance, distinct architectural character, and prominent siting within their neighborhoods.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for both of these landmarks and provided draft ordinances to City Council. The final step to the process was approval by City Council.

The new landmarks are:

Built in 1913
Architect: Edgar Blair

Built in 1924
Architect: Floyd Naramore

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as seven historic districts located throughout the city. For information on the designation process and to view other city landmarks, visit

South Park Shows UP: Show what you know about South Park!

Please join us for family friendly fun and FREE pizza & tacos on Wednesday, May 27 from 7-9 pm at the South Park Neighborhood Center 8201 10th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108.

Candidates for Seattle City Council District 1 will answer questions to show what they know about the South Park neighborhood and how they plan to represent us. Volunteers will help you register to vote and/or check your address to make sure your registration is current. The entire event is free, open to all, and will be translated into both Spanish and English.

This event is made possible by a Small Sparks award from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, support from the Greater Duwamish District Council and hard work from many South Park volunteers.


People’s Academy for Community Engagement Accepting Applications

PACE classSeattle 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 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



Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund Available for Youth Activities

Small Sparks Youth ProjectsIs 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 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


Hurry! Only 10 Spots Remain for our Free Workshop on Gardening with Youth!

Garden 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.


Picardo P-Patch Plant Sale and Bake Sale next Saturday!!

Cherry tomatoesJoin Picardo Farm P-Patch gardeners for their plant sale this Saturday, May 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature lots of varieties of heirloom tomatoes, veggies, and herbs grown by Neighbor Sally’s Nursery and Abby’s Eden Nursery. There will be coffee and baked goods to munch while you shop! It will be held at the Picardo P-Patch community garden located at 25th NE and NE 82nd in Seattle. The sale benefits the Picardo P-Patch, one of 90 P-Patch gardens managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.