People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The fall session begins September 27 and runs through December 6.

During the 10-week program, 25-30 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.

Fall sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Miller Community Center. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Government 101, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Meeting Facilitation, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and Sustaining Involvement.

Tuition for the 10-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit The application deadline is Friday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE will be offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. The winter session will begin in January of 2017. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email

Seattle Parks and Recreation begins design process for the A.B. Ernst Park addition

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on the design for the addition to A.B. Ernst Park on Sunday June 26, 2016 at the Fremont Sunday Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation is moving forward with park development of the parcel purchased in 2010 and located at 719 N 35th St. This project will expand upon the existing A.B. Ernst Park, provide access for people with disabilities and improve safety and other park features.

Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planner and Site Workshop, landscape architects, at the Fremont Sunday Market to provide your ideas about park addition. We will have an Open House tent at the market to show design options and gather community input. This is the first public meeting for this project.

The Open House is an opportunity to learn about the project and gather the community’s ideas for the park design. Please participate in this survey and participate (post pins) on Pinterest site hosted by the Site Workshops.

Funding for the development of this project is provided by Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

If you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at 206-233-0064 or

For more information about the project please visit


Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

September 2 workshop for interested applicants
Application deadline is October 5

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, our Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides awards of up to $25,000 to for community-building projects that are matched by community contributions.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit This is the last opportunity in 2015 to apply to this fund.

The final workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE. The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, go online at or call  206-233-0093. The workshop is open to all.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

Fremont Daycare Damaged by Morning Fire

July 10–Seattle Fire Investigators determined an early morning fire at a Fremont daycare center was accidental most likely caused by improperly discarded smoking materials on the back deck.

At 5:24 a.m. firefighters responded to the 3600 block of Fremont Avenue North for a fire on  the back porch of a daycare center and home. Firefighter arrived to find flames shooting from the back deck and exposing to the side of the home and extending to a back garage that was converted into a living space. Within five minutes firefighters knocked down the flames,

All of the occupants of the home safely evacuated. The Red Cross was called to provide temporary shelter for the displaced family including an adult male and female, a teenage girl and two cats.

The fire also damaged the electrical lines from the house to the garage.

The damage estimate is 30 thousand dollars to the structure and 10 thousand dollars to the contents.





Fremont Fatal Apartment Fire Causes Quarter Million Dollars in Damage

OVERNIGHT UPDATE: Address change to 3612 2nd Avenue NW from original reported address of 200 block of NW 39th Street.

November 7—A two-alarm fire in Fremont has taken the life of a man in his 80’s and seriously injured a second man.

This is still an active fire investigation with the case being classified as an undetermined fire. The damage estimate is $200,000 to the structure, and $50,000 to the contents.

The man in his 80’s died this morning at Harborview Medical Center with burns to 95% of his body. The second burn patient, a man in his 40’s has 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his hands, is still housed in the HMC burn unit. This man told investigators he was a resident of the building and he pulled his neighbor out of the building while his neighbor was on fire.

At 10:40 p.m. a 911 call came into firefighter/dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames coming from a 3-story apartment building located in the 3600 block of 2nd Avenue NW. When firefighters arrived, both burn patients were outside of the structure. The second floor of the complex was fully-involved with flames shooting from the third floor. The fire was threatening two other apartment complexes so the Incident Commander called for a 2nd alarm to bring in additional firefighters to protect the surrounding structures.

At the height of the fire approximately 90 firefighters were on-scene battling the blaze. Both neighboring apartment buildings were evacuated. Due to the firefighter’s quick actions, both nearby buildings were saved. Residents were allowed to reoccupy the buildings shortly after 1 a.m.

The Red Cross was called in to assist with one displaced tenant.

The Seattle Police Department Arson Bomb Squad is actively assisting in the investigation.

The King County Medical Examiner’s will be determining the cause of death and will also release the identity of the burn victim.