Ready for some exciting homemade neighborhood fun inspired by you, your family and your neighbors? This spring and summer we can take over the streets and expand our neighborhood park space.
The point is to celebrate community and culture in every neighborhood through an opportunity called “place-making.” The asphalt isn’t just for cars anymore. This summer you are encouraged to Take Back the Streets and Make Way for Play!
It takes just one energetic organizer on your block to make this happen. YOU!
You can close down your non-arterial street – for a day with SDOT’s permission — to create the space you’ve secretly envisioned.
You can create your own park right in the middle of your block with potted trees and planters.
You can set up your own garage band fest.
Have a hula-hoop contest;
An after dinner all-comers kick-the-can event.
You think it up, you can do it. Permits are free.
SDOT has created a Block Party website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/stuse_blockparty.htm
Need a few extra dollars to get started? The Department of Neighborhoods offers “Small Sparks” grants up to $1000, specifically designed to create community connections. You can apply for a grant on-line here.
There are three common-sense limitations: the block parties cannot close an arterial or intersection nor impede a bus route, and you have to close down and clean up by 10:00 p.m.
You must first submit an application and get SDOT’s OK. No charge. Be sure to give yourself at least a month’s lead time before your event.
Ready to invite your neighbors? Download the sample invitation here.
Close down your street using informal barricades like garbage cans. Here’s a sample street closure sign.
I’d love to see how many of these Pop-Ups we can create this summer. Please invite me to yours!