Seattle Parks & Recreation seeks investors to develop Building 2 at Magnuson Park

On November 2nd, 2017 Seattle Parks and Recreation will publicize and Invitation for Investment for Building 2 at Magnuson Park. Building 2 is the largest former airplane hangar in Warren G. Magnuson Park. Seattle Parks and Recreation would like to meet with interested people and organizations willing to invest in Building 2 and explore options and possibilities for its development. All ideas are welcome.

SPR previously conducted a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and did not selected a successful proposal. Previously submitted proposals are encouraged to share renewed interest with Seattle Parks and Recreation concerning Building 2.

This is a unique, and exciting location; thus, the department is renewing its request to find a partner to revitalize and activate this space. Potential partners envisioning investment ideas that complement the Seattle Parks and Recreation mission will be invited to further explore ideas and plans with the Superintendent. If successful, the Superintendent will seek both a financial plan demonstrating the proposer’s ability to fund the project and a full proposal for proposed development.

There will be a rolling, open deadline with this process until SPR finds an investment proposal that meets all criteria. For a prospectus that outlines these criteria and demonstrates how Warren G. Magnuson Park is the ideal location for many development ideas, please visit this web site:

To contact SPR with your proposal or idea:

Cole Dietrich, Tenant Development Coordinator

(206) 684-4218,

For more information please contact Brian Judd, Magnuson Park manager,

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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

City seeks proposals for redevelopment of Bldg 2 in Magnuson Park


Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking proposals for the redevelopment and renovation of Building 2, the largest former airplane hangar in Warren G. Magnuson Park. Proposals should include the management and operation of recreation, arts and cultural or environmental programming that will be open to the public. This is a rare opportunity to develop a major facility in a prime location. Seattle Parks and Recreation does not have designated funding for this redevelopment and as a result, proposals should include a funding plan.

Through this Request for Proposal (RFP) process, Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for a partner who can make a significant capital investment in Building 2 in exchange for a long-term lease or concession agreement. While SPR encourages interested groups to work in partnership to develop a comprehensive proposal, the department intends to enter into an agreement with only one proposer. Therefore, only proposals where a designated sole lead entity or organization is clearly defined will be accepted.

Proposals are due Friday, June 3, 2016 by 4 p.m. and should be mailed to:

The City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, Attention: Dan Iverson, Tenant Development Coordinator, 6310 NE 74th Street, Suite 109E, Seattle, Washington 98115,

SPR will host pre-submittal conferences and site tours on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m., Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. and on March 14 at 3 p.m. The events will be held at Building 2, 7727 63rd Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, 98115.

To download a copy of the Request for Proposals packet including reference documents and supplemental information, please visit:

Fall 2015 Public Art Conservation Highlights

Whether you live, work or play in the city, chances are good that you’ve run into construction resulting from the Mercer Corridor Project, an improvement project stretching along Mercer Street from I-5 to 5th Avenue West. Portions of the project included sidewalk renovations in front of the Phelps Center, where two Chinese Guardian Lion sculptures have stood guard since 1974.

This project gave conservation staff a chance to carefully clean and apply protective coatings to the longstanding pair. The Guardian Lions were given to the city from Taiwan as a memento of their participation in the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. The sculptures were carved by Chinese artisans under the supervision of the Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center. Seattle City Councilman, Wing Luke was instrumental in the city receiving this gift in 1963.

On a foggy day at Magnuson Park your eyes might just deceive you into thinking you’ve happened upon an earth-bound pod of killer whales. But this imaginative installation is actually comprised of inverted diving fins from decommissioned US Navy attack submarines.

Working in collaboration with artist John Young and former students from the University of Washington, the fins were treated for corrosion and re-painted in September to restore their luminous surfaces.

Bordering the northeast corner of Beacon Hill is an expansive golf course with a resonant history. In 1915, Jefferson Park Municipal Golf Course opened to the public after golf activists E.C. Cheasty and Sherwood Gillespy presented the Seattle City Council with a 1,000 signature petition requesting the creation of an 18-hole course at Jefferson Park. Unfortunately, both men passed away before knowing if their efforts were successful, yet in honor of his tireless dedication, friends of Sherwood Gillespy commissioned Danish sculptor Max Nielson to create a bronze sculpture in his likeness. This year marks 100 years that the statue has welcomed visitors to the clubhouse, and conservation activities included fabrication and replacement of the bronze reservoirs that embellish the granite foundation.