Neighbors invited to Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. The third walk this year will be held in Highland Park on Thursday, May 25.

Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Thursday, May 25

  • Sign-in, refreshments and volunteer opportunities: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Program and walk: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Meet at Highland Park Improvement Club at 1116 SW Holden St



5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
, refreshment and volunteer sign-up opportunities with various City programs.

6:30 p.m. – 7:55 p.m.
Walk commences along the follow route (map):

7:55 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Walk concludes at the intersection of 16th Ave SW and SW Holden St



Participants can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app on the walk. This smartphone app offers mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City. Make sure to download the app before the walk.

In partnership with Cities of Service, the City will offer up to $3,000 in grants for community-led projects to each 2017 Find It, Fix It Walk neighborhood. The Highland Park Community Project Grant Application is available at until June 8. If you have an idea for a project in Highland Park, please apply today!

For more information on the Find It, Fix It Community Walks program, please contact Paige Madden at or visit

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Neighbors invited to help plan Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk

The Highland Park neighborhood is invited to help plan the Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk, the third of seven Mayor-led walks happening this year. Find It, Fix It Community Walks bring together City officials, business owners, and community members to address neighborhood needs.

The Highland Park walk will be held on Thursday, May 25 and will follow a route determined by community members serving on its Community Walk Action Team (CWAT). The first meeting for those interested in volunteering for the CWAT will be held at Highland Park Elementary on May 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator Paige Madden at or 206-233-5166.

In addition, community members are invited to apply for up to $3,000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for a Community Project Grant, community members can find the application at

Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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Advancing Equitable Outreach and Engagement

Message from Kathy Nyland, Director

Mayor Murray recently issued an Executive Order directing the city to approach outreach and engagement in an equitable manner. Putting an equity lens on our approaches is bold and, yes, brave. It shows a commitment to practices that address accessibility and equity.

What does this mean?

  • We often hear that meetings can feel like we are “checking a box.” The Mayor’s action means we can create processes that are more relationship-based and build authentic partnerships.
  • It means that we can create plans that are culturally sensitive, which includes an emphasis on translated materials.
  • It means we broaden access points, identify obstacles and turn them into opportunities.

What else does this mean?

  • It means we have an opportunity to recreate, re-envision and reconcile many lingering issues, including defining the difference between neighborhoods and communities, providing clarity about roles, and creating a system of engagement that builds partnerships with, and between, communities throughout the city of Seattle.
  • It means that we will be working to expand choices and opportunities for community members throughout this city, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of those who face barriers to participation.
  • It means that we’ll work with city offices and departments on community involvement to ensure that they are effective and efficient through the wise use and management of all resources, including the community’s time.
  • And it means we will expand the toolbox and make some investments in digital engagement.


Seattle is a unique city, and we are fortunate to have so many valuable partners currently at the proverbial table. Those partners play an important role and that role will continue. While we are appreciative of the countless hours our volunteers spend making our city better, we recognize and acknowledge there are barriers to participation. There are communities who cannot be at the table, while there are some communities who don’t even know there is a table. This is where the Department of Neighborhoods comes in.

This is not a power grab. It is a power share. At the heart of this Executive Order is a commitment to advance the effective deployment of equitable and inclusive community engagement strategies across all city departments. This is about making information and opportunities for participation more accessible to communities throughout the city.


“This is not about silencing voices. It’s the exact opposite. It’s about bringing more people into the conversations or at least creating opportunities for people to participate so they can be heard.”

Face-to-face meetings are incredibly important and those are not going away. But not every person can attend a community meeting, and the ability to do so should not determine who gets to participate and who gets to be heard.

We’d love to hear what tools YOU need to be successful and how WE can help you. Share your ideas with us:

  • Send an email to
  • Share your comments below.
  • Contact us at 206-684-0464 or mail us at P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.
  • Join and follow the conversation online using #AdvancingEquitySEA at:

Facebook – @SeattleNeighborhoods
Twitter – @SeaNeighborhood

This is about making things easier and less exhaustive. This is about connecting communities to government and to one another. This is about moving forward.

Kathy Nyland, Director
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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

Community invited to review play area equipment for Highland Park Playground

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Highland Park Parent Teacher Association invite the community to review play area equipment options for the Highland Park Playground project on Monday, April 18, 2016.  The Open House is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6. The event will take place at Highland Park Elementary School, 1012 SW Trenton St.

The project improves access into the park and provides play structures for people of all abilities.  The design choices are based on input received during the community initiated Opportunity Fund project. The goal is to create and deliver a cohesive space that improves the usability and safety for the play area.  

Families, neighbors and all interested in the project are encouraged to attend. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund project is located at Highland Park, 1100 SW Coverdale St. in West Seattle 

For more information about the project including notes from the first meeting please visit: For special meeting accommodations or for questions concerning the project please contact Karimah Edwards, Project Planner at 206-233-0063 or