City Seeking Community Input on Projects in Delridge

The City of Seattle is collaborating with the North Delridge community to produce a shared vision and action plan to continue improving the health and equity of the Delridge community.

Delridge is an area in West Seattle with a rich heritage that is home to diverse communities and organizations. Over the years, the residents of Delridge have worked with the City to create neighborhood assets such as the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail, Cottage Grove Park, and affordable housing options. Fifteen years have passed since the Delridge community completed their neighborhood plan and there are new opportunities to seize and challenges to meet. DPD and Department of Neighborhoods (DON) are leading the development of an “Action Plan” for the North Delridge area. They are co-hosting a public workshop with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) to integrate multiple projects into a large community workshop.

Share your ideas about transportation, community development, drainage, and parks at our workshop.

When:
Saturday, June 6
9:30 a.m. to Noon.

Where:
Southwest Teen Life Center
2801 SW Thistle Street

Light snacks and childcare will be provided.

SDOT will share existing conditions information and learning how the community currently uses the street, what works, what needs improvement, and what ideas they have about how the street could look and function in the future. The Delridge Way SW Multimodal Corridor Study seeks to transform Delridge Way SW (from SW Roxbury St. to the West Seattle Bridge) into a safer and healthier public space with more predictable movements of people and goods.

DPD is working with the Delridge community (primarily within the neighborhood planning area to the north of SW Elmgrove Street) to develop a shared vision and action plan for a healthy Delridge. At this workshop, the project advisory team and City are seeking review and comments on the potential steps the City and neighborhood can take to realize community goals, including: creating great community places along Delridge Way; addressing drainage and flooding; supporting on the Delridge Grocery Cooperative to increase access to healthy food; making walking, biking and taking transit an easy choice; and growing community capacity to take action.

SPU is developing a Natural Drainage Systems (NDS) Partnership Program. This program will achieve the water quality goals identified in the Plan to Protect Seattle’s Waterways by working with sister agencies and community partners to deliver high-value neighborhood improvements. SPU wants to know where in the Longfellow Creek watershed neighbors think natural drainage systems could meet neighborhood goals by overlapping with the Delridge Neighborhood Planning and the Multimodal Corridor planning efforts.

For more information:

  • Visit DPD’s web site and sign up to receive updates
  • Visit SDOT’s web site and take an online survey and share your thoughts about the future of the Delridge Way SW corridor
  • Visit SPU’s web site to learn more about natural drainage systems

Department of Planning and Development
David Goldberg, Planner
(206) 615-1447
Davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov

Seattle Department of Transportation
Sara Zora
(206)733-9973
Sara.zora@seattle.gov

Seattle Public Utilities
April Mills
(206)733-9816
April.Mills@seattle.gov

Delridge Projects Workshop

Delridge Projects Workshop
Turn Your Passion Into Action!

Saturday, June 6
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SW Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle St.)

Join us at the event to join your neighbors to:
• Provide direction on the North Delridge Action Plan (North of SW Elmgrove St.)
• Help design future multimodal improvements to Delridge Way
• Learn about Longfellow Creek Basin Natural Drainage Systems

Here’s what we have heard at previous Delridge meetings:
• Create more community and cultural gathering places
• More places to shop and eat
• Improve walking, biking, and transit connections
• Create more recreation and cultural programs

Open to the public and ADA accessible. Interpretation will be available in Cambodian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Childcare is also available. For more information, contact David Goldberg, city planner, at (206) 615-1447 email davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/dpd/delridge.

Presented by: Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Arbor Heights/Boren Fall Harvest Clean Up Party this Saturday

The Arbor Heights Science and Environmental Education Team will host a community-building event at the Boren School (5950 Delridge Way SW) on Saturday, November 8 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This work party will improve the planting and hands-on learning areas around the school building. A seed-saving library will also be started with small enrichment activities. A goal is to bring together both the K-5 STEM and Arbor Heights School communities and the larger Delridge Way/Longfellow Creek community. This event was supported through a Neighborhood Matching Fund award.

North Delridge Action Plan Kick-Off & Advisory Core Team

The North Delridge Action Plan will kick-off the action plan at Delridge Day!

When
Saturday, August 9
11:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.

Where
Delridge Playfield/Park
4458 Delridge Way SW.

Join your neighbors at Delridge Day where there will be food, games, skateboarding, and entertainment. Drop by DPD’s booth to share your ideas about what is important in Delridge. What’s great about Delridge and should be supported? What isn’t working or is missing? What are your ideas for making Delridge an even better place? Your input will help establish the priorities that we’ll address in the North Delridge Action Plan.

To learn more and sign up for our project notices, visit DPD’s website at www.seattle.gov/DPD/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/delridge/.

Seeking Advisory Core Team Applicants

If you live, work, play, own, worship, etc. in and around the Delridge community, and have an interest in partnering with the city in an advisory role during action plan development, please return your application to by August 1 at 5:00 p.m. to:

Jake Hellenkamp
City of Seattle
Dept. of Neighborhoods
PO BOX 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
Fax: (206) 233-5142
Email:  jake.hellenkamp@seattle.gov

  • What is the ACT? The advisory core team (ACT) is a workgroup of 10 – 15 community members who are passionate about their whole community and understand the importance of working with others. Advisory committee members should live, work or spend significant time in the neighborhood and represent a broad range of community interests.
  • ACT Roles. The Advisory Committee will collaborate with the city’s Community Development Team on issues such as helping to engage the wider community, reviewing community input, and creating recommendations that balance community interest. Members are expected to draw on input from the community as well as their own experiences.
  • ACT Selection. The ACT is advisory to the City. The City is soliciting applications and will conduct group interviews. We seek to have a committee that reflects the community’s composition – including those who are often not part of community planning efforts – as well as interests.
  • ACT Commitment. The ACT and City will work together for approximately a year to complete Delridge Action Plan. There will likely be monthly, 2-hour ACT meetings in addition to three large community events. Depending on interest, there may options to continue as part of an organization building and/or implementation phase of the action plan.

To find out more about the ACT and the North Delridge Action Plan contact David Goldberg at DavidW.Goldberg@seattle.gov or (206) 615-1447.

City to Partner with Community on Future of Delridge

-Seeking ideas at Delridge Day and applicants to serve on advisory committee

The City of Seattle is beginning a collaboration to produce a shared vision and action plan to continue improving the health and equity of the Delridge community.

Delridge is a unique area of West Seattle and home to a rich heritage, diverse communities and organizations. Over the years, the people of Delridge have worked with the City to create neighborhood assets such as Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail, Cottage Grove Park and affordable housing options.  These and many other additions to the neighborhood are the result of community activism and the neighborhood plan completed in 1999.

Fifteen years have passed since the Delridge community completed their neighborhood plan and there are new opportunities to seize. The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Department of Neighborhoods (DON) are kicking off the planning effort by asking the community to identify its priorities at Delridge Day.  What do you think about the future of Delridge? Here’s how you can provide your feedback:

  • Visit our booth at Delridge Day to share your ideas about what is important in the Delridge Neighborhood. 
    August 9, 11:00am to 3:00 pm
    Delridge Playfield/Park (4458 Delridge Way SW)
  • Visit our website and sign up to receive updates

To date, the City has heard both a desire to work on specific issues and to generally build community capacity to take action.  The following initial ideas are likely to expand or change as a result of what we hear at Delridge Day.

  • Create great neighborhood places
    • Take further action to encourage development that creates great community places at key locations along Delridge Way SW such as SW Brandon St. as identified in the neighborhood plan.
    • Inform the design for future street improvements along Delridge Way SW so that it fits with the community and provides the safe and efficient connections.
    • Assess issues and identify opportunities to address drainage and flooding.
  • Improve Community Well-being
    • Build on community work such as the Delridge Grocery Cooperative to increase access to healthy food.
    • Identify ways to build on Delridge’s parks, open space and natural assets, and make walking, biking and taking transit and easy choice.
  • Build Community Capacity to identify priorities and take action.

The City is also seeking applicants to serve on a project advisory committee for the North Delridge Action Plan. The committee will be a workgroup of community members who are passionate about the well-being of their whole community and understand the importance of engaging others in the neighborhood planning process.  One of their first tasks will be to review what we hear from the community and set the direction for the planning work.

Questions? Comments?
David Goldberg, Planner
(206) 615-1447
Davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov