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Neighborhood sponsors needed for Summer Streets program in August

The City of Seattle is planning to continue its successful Summer Streets program again this year, but because of budget cuts, it needs sponsors to step up to host events in Greenwood-Phinney, Ballard, Rainier Valley, West Seattle, and along Lake Washington Boulevard.

The Greenwood-Phinney Summer Streets event is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12. Greenwood/Phinney avenues will be closed to all vehicles from North 65th to North 87th streets. Hundreds or even thousands of neighbors will be out strolling and playing in the streets, the Bubbleman usually makes an appearance, and businesses sponsor various activities, from chalk drawing on the sidewalks to live music.

The Bubbleman entertains at last year’s Summer Streets at Greenwood Avenue and North 74th Street.

Charlie Cunniff, with the Seattle Climate Partnership, told a recent Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce meeting that each Summer Streets event costs about $15,000 for the manpower and infrastructure for closing the streets, providing security and marketing. Because of budget cuts, the city has no funding for that, but sees the program as a great way to bring neighborhoods together.

Depending on the sponsorship package, sponsors could be mentioned in every Summer Streets press release, have their title embedded in the Summer Streets logo, have their logo included on posters and ads and all electronic materials, set up a booth at the event, and have exclusivity in their product category. For more information on sponsoring Summer Streets, contact Jemae Hoffman by email or call 206-684-8674, or Dawn Schellenberg by email or call 206-684-5189.

The Chamber is asking Greenwood and Phinney Ridge businesses to participate. For example, restaurants could offer low-cost and easy to eat munchies for people to pick up and eat while they walk around, coffee shops could offer blind tastings of various blends, bars could host a pub crawl, or a business with a large blank wall outside could offer an outdoor movie or cartoons.

Neighbors packed portions of Greenwood Avenue at last year’s event.

Interested businesses should contact Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce President Prashanthi Reddy, owner of Makeda Coffee at 153 N. 78th St., at 206-782-1489 or by email.

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