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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Show Will Go on for Fremont Solstice Parade

The future looks bright for the Fremont Solstice Parade thanks to a new partnership between the Fremont Arts Council and Seattle City Light. A permit for use of a City Light property has been signed by the Fremont Arts Council to store materials for the community-based arts parade, which was in danger of shutting down, as their lease could not be renewed at their current storage location due to construction.

In June 2017, Seattle City Light learned through the City of Seattle’s Finance and Administrative Services that the Fremont Arts Council was urgently looking for a new site to store float trailers and parade materials. The Environment, Land and Licensing Unit identified a City Light-owned property that was about to become vacant and contacted the Fremont Arts Council.

“As an important part of the history and fabric of our City, I am pleased we were able to work with the Fremont Solstice Parade to find a great space that allows us to preserve the parade,” said Mayor Murray.

“The Arts Council brings a huge amount of social and cultural good to the City of Seattle. We have an amazing legacy of community art and have accumulated supplies over time that allow us to put on the Fremont Solstice Parade, but those things need to be stored. A month ago we got to a point where we realized we might have to destroy our floats. We were squarely looking the end of this parade in the face,” said Peter Toms, co-founder of the Fremont Solstice Parade. “City Light contacted us and wanted to help. The new site is literally on the staging area for the parade. It’s fantastic. It couldn’t be any better.”

The approximately 4,000 square foot open-air site is located at 3616 3rd Avenue NW in Fremont. To assist in a timely transition from their current location, the Fremont Arts Council is signing a month-to-month permit for use effective Aug. 1 with the intent to pursue a long-term contract.

“This is a great example of partnership that will keep a beloved tradition alive,” Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO Larry Weis said. “I applaud our employees, the community leaders and volunteers involved in this agreement for coming together to ensure the Fremont Solstice Parade will go on. I’m particularly thankful to Real Estate Manager Maureen Barnes and Senior Real Property Agent Greg Aramaki for their leadership in securing the space and permit for parade.”

“The Fremont Solstice Parade is one of the most popular parades in Seattle,” Kate Becker, Director of the Office of Film + Music + Special Events said. “Thousands turnout every year to celebrate the summer, display their creative spirit, and embody Seattle’s whimsical nature. I am delighted the tradition will continue.”

“We are so grateful for the support from City Light. We intend to use the space to continue to enliven Seattle through celebration arts! Next year is our 30th Annual Fremont Solstice Parade. Thanks to their creative thinking and quick action, we will continue with our human-powered spectacle of colorful and quirky delights!” said Fremont Arts Council President Susan Harper.

Mayor Ed Murray announces $1.6 million for neighborhood business districts

This evening Mayor Ed Murray will join business leaders and owners in Seattle’s Central Area to announce $1.6 million in neighborhood investments through the Only in Seattle initiative. This year’s grants will make investments in 19 neighborhoods, bringing City departments and local business stakeholders together to develop strategies and improvements that strengthen neighborhood business districts.

“Thriving, walkable business districts are vital to the success of Seattle’s neighborhoods,” said Mayor Murray. “We work with local leaders and business owners on Only in Seattle grants to develop a shared vision that attracts businesses and jobs to neighborhoods across Seattle.”

“Neighborhood business districts are the economic engines of our city. The uniqueness of each neighborhood is one of the reasons people love to live here,” said Brian Surratt, Director of the Office of Economic Development. “The Only in Seattle initiative helps foster neighborhood businesses by supporting community and community leadership.”

About 80 percent of Seattle businesses are small businesses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Paychex IHS Small Business Jobs Index cites Seattle as the number one U.S. metro area for small business job growth.

The Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle initiative supports investments in neighborhood business districts, and focuses on the following strategies to create strong business districts:

  • Business and retail development (supporting businesses, attracting new businesses)
  • Marketing and promotion (events, social media, district advertising)
  • Clean and safe (graffiti removal, garbage pick-up, lighting)
  • Streetscape and appearance (catalytic development projects, façade, public art)
  • Business organization development to sustain the effort, including the creation of a Business Improvement Area (BIA) or exploration to form one.

The local business communities in 14 neighborhoods are developing or are launching comprehensive, multi-year strategies, in which the City is investing more than $1 million in 2016:


  • Ballard                         $   85,000
  • Beacon Hill                 $   47,800
  • Capitol Hill                 $  137,500
  • Central Area               $  102,000
  • Chinatown-ID            $  150,880
  • First Hill                      $   40,000
  • Georgetown                $   20,000
  • Hillman City               $   24,700
  • Lake City                     $   75,000
  • Magnolia                     $   15,000
  • Mt. Baker                    $   28,000
  • Othello                        $   152,275
  • Rainier Beach            $    75,000
  • South Park                 $    60,000


The City will make additional investments in Green Lake, Pioneer Square, South Lake Union, the University District,  and Westlake/Downtown through a blend of façade and awning projects, BIA funding, partnerships with City departments, and capital improvement projects.


Through a partnership with the Seattle Investment Fund, a total of $50,000 in façade improvements will be granted to Chinatown-ID for new signs and awnings on three buildings, and to South Park for new signs and security cameras for eight buildings. Neighborhood business district organizations provided a significant match for these project costs.


“Five businesses in Rainier Beach benefited from the façade improvement investments in 2015,” said Patrice Thomas, Coordinator of the Rainier Beach Action Coalition. “The improvements were designed using Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles to make the stores safer for customers and business owners and operators.”


Additionally, Only in Seattle is granting $75,000 to seven neighborhoods to explore or create a BIA. The seven neighborhoods are: Chinatown/ID, Capitol Hill, Ballard, First Hill, Magnolia, Georgetown and South Lake Union. Existing BIAs have generated over $49 million over the last three years to fund clean and safe, marketing and promotion, and business retail and development programs across Seattle.


This year, Only in Seattle also granted $500,000 to neighborhoods with paid on-street parking or significant construction impacts for capital improvement projects that enhance the commercial district experience:


Pioneer Passage Alley $200,000: The Seattle Department of Transportation will rebuild Pioneer Passage Alley in Pioneer Square to make it walkable and functional for sidewalk cafes and events.

Lighting Study of ChinatownInternational District $100,000: A lighting study will determine improvements to increase safety and visibility in the business district.

First Hill Active and Attractive Public Spaces $80,000: First Hill Improvement Association will create walking loops in the district, hold fun events in University Street Park and paint the columns under I-5 to create an attractive gateway to the neighborhood.

Welcome to South Park Signs $30,000: South Park Retail Merchants Association will conduct a design process to create “Welcome to South Park” signs at its gateways.

Pike/Pine Safety and Parking Improvements $27,500:  The Capitol Hill Housing will work with local businesses to remove dumpsters, install lighting and develop strategies to share local parking between businesses and residents.

Love Green Lake Banners and Parking Maps $20,000:  The Green Lake Chamber will beautify the business district with banners and develop maps to highlight available parking.

Westlake Park Lighting Plan $20,000:  A lighting study will define solutions to make the park accessible and inviting during evening hours.

Wayfinding Signs and Signal Box Art in Beacon Hill $10,000: Wayfinding signs will be installed at the Beacon Hill light rail station and art placed on signal boxes.


The Office of Arts & Culture and the Department of Neighborhoods have been integral partners in the Only in Seattle initiative by bolstering the investments and service support. This year, three neighborhoods will receive support from the Office of Arts & Culture to organize festive gatherings of business district leaders, artists, arts organizations and/or cultural organizations to meet and explore possibilities for collaboration. The districts are Lake City, First Hill and Hillman City.

Through the partnership with the Department of Neighborhoods, neighborhood business districts are receiving support from bi-lingual, bi-cultural outreach specialists to offer technical assistance and problem solving for businesses of color in their districts. Six neighborhoods will receive a combined $30,000 in support and will participate in a training cohort throughout the year to develop tools and identify resources to build equity in their work plan.  The neighborhoods are: Lake City, Hillman City, Capitol Hill, the University District, South Park and Little Saigon.

“We’re excited to engage with business owners of color to help shape the direction of our work and make it more inclusive and representative of the entire business community,” said Elizabeth McCoury, President and CEO of The U District Partnership.


Seattle Animal Shelter finding pets a new “Home for the Holidays”

The holiday season is upon us, and the Seattle Animal Shelter is reminding you that one of the season’s greatest gifts is giving a homeless animal a forever home. Through Dec. 31, 2015, the shelter is offering a “Home for the Holidays” adoption special, in which you can add a new pet to your home for only $15, plus applicable two-year license fees.

The shelter is also hosting an open house from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan encouraged the community to stop by for holiday snacks and cider, learn more about the shelter and its programs, and take advantage of the December adoption special. Both in-shelter and foster animals at least 6 months old qualify for the special pricing, although some high-interest animals are excluded. Staff are hoping this promotion will encourage potential pet owners to adopt.

“Our team is specially trained to help families choose the perfect pet for their personalities and lifestyles,” Jordan said. “If you have room in your home and your heart, you can give an animal the greatest gift this season and save a life. We are looking forward to seeing these beautiful cats, dogs and critters find their loving, forever families.”

With regular adoption prices of up to $145 (plus applicable license fees), this promotion offers up to $130 in savings. The adoption fee includes:

  • Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
  • Initial vaccinations
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip
  • Deworming
  • Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus testing (cats only)

For Seattle residents, a two-year pet license must be purchased with each adoption. The license fee is $27 for cats and $37 for dogs. Critter adoptions do not require licensing.

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-7387 (PETS), or view animals available for adoption online at Adoptable pets are also featured on “Pet of the Week” on the Seattle Channel at

Seattle Animal Shelter urges pet owners to license dogs and cats

With Seattle Animal Shelter humane law enforcement officers stepping up patrols in city parks and off-leash areas, the shelter is reminding you to make sure your pet is licensed. Officers making regular park patrols will be ensuring pets have current licenses and will be enforcing leash and scoop laws.

“These are easy ways to protect pets, our environment and public safety,” notes Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter’s director. “Picking up after pets and keeping them leashed, as required, helps prevent conflict and ensures all community members – both two- and four-legged – can enjoy our public parks. Pet licenses are also required. They help us return lost animals to their families, and license fees directly support the lifesaving work of our shelter.”

Jordan said pet licenses help the Seattle Animal Shelter save more lives.

A license is a simple, yet important metal ID tag featuring the pet’s license number and the Seattle Pet Licensing phone number. For added protection, pet owners are encouraged to add their microchip number to their pet’s license record. Owner contact information can be updated in the shelter’s pet license database as often as needed, free of charge, and can even include vacation alerts when owners are away and alternate pet-sitter contacts. License information often makes it possible for lost pets to avoid a trip to the shelter, resulting in less stress on the animal, owner and shelter resources.

License fees directly support Seattle Animal Shelter programs, which include humane law enforcement investigations of cruelty and neglect, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, and progressive foster care and adoption programs that work together to help thousands of animals each year.

A one- or two-year license costs $20 to $37 for spayed and neutered pets and $30 to $69 for unaltered pets, and discounts are available for seniors and adults with disabilities with a Seattle Gold or FLASH card. Purchasing a Seattle pet license is easy to do. A pet owner simply submits his or her license payment and a few pieces of information – mainly contact information and a brief description of the pet. Owners can:

Humane law enforcement officers will issue citations to pet owners for each pet without a current license. The penalty for having an unlicensed animal is $125, and other fines are listed on the shelter’s website at Officers will follow up this winter with pet owners who have expired licenses, and will continue to conduct patrols in Seattle parks and off-leash areas to ensure compliance with pet-related laws.

For more information, visit