New businesses, pedestrian and biking safety improvements, (PARK)ing Day, civic leadership program, Seattle Youth Commission

by | Jul 25, 2016

The Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th St., has changed owners. Dan Anderson and Tom Matzelle took over a couple of weeks ago.

Selas 23 Salon & Spa recently opened at 8540 Greenwood Ave. N. And Luna Azul, which serves Latin cuisine, recently opened next to Gainsbourg at 8552 Greenwood Ave. N. (Thanks to Alyssa for the tips and photo.)


Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave. NW, to provide information about our neighborhood greenway and how five schools and five parks will connect to transportation and be safer for pedestrians and bikers. SDOT plans to add protected bike lanes on North 92nd Street across Interstate 5 from Wallingford Avenue North to 1st Avenue NE for students attending three new schools being built on the former Wilson-Pacific site at North 90th Street and Stone Avenue North, a Northgate Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge at College Way North, and a new traffic signal at the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and North 92nd Street.

Don’t forget that all ballots for the primary election need to be postmarked or dropped into a Ballot Box by Tuesday, Aug. 2. The nearest Ballot Box (where you don’t need a stamp) is at the Ballard Library. If you’re looking for election info:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), a civic leadership development program for emerging leaders ages 18 and up. They learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. The fall session runs Sept. 27 through Dec. 6. Tuition for the 10-week program is $100, and tuition assistance is available. Apply online by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. The Department of Neighborhoods is also looking for experienced facilitators to lead PACE sessions. Go to the website to download the Request for Qualifications.

The Park District Oversight Committee is holding a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. at Seattle Parks and Recreation Headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. N, on Aug. 16 about Major Projects Challenge Fund proposals.

The purpose of the Major Projects Challenge Fund is to provide a funding match to fund a “major project” on Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) property. The Major Projects Challenge Fund will provide City funding to leverage community-generated funding for renovation of parks and park facilities where other City funding is unavailable.

A “major project” is a significant improvement or renovation to an existing SPR-owned site or facility. It should significantly expand the life and usability of the facility. The combination of Major Projects Challenge Fund money and community-generated money will allow for major projects to be accomplished throughout the city.

The Park District Oversight Committee will meet regarding the Major Projects Challenge Fund in July, August and September of 2016.

Those who would like to give input but are unable to attend the meeting may submit their feedback in writing. Please email comments and feedback [email protected] by September 2, 2016.

The City of Seattle is accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission, where 15 Seattle residents ages 13-19 address issues of importance to youth. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Youth serving on the commission will be required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 24, bi-monthly SYC meetings, and additional committee commitments. The commission meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Commissioners will serve a two-year term beginning in September 2016 and ending June 2018.

In addition to representing youth across the city, commissioners receive hands-on experience in the public sector and learn how to cultivate the youth voice in city policy. Lily Clifton, who served on the SYC from 2008 to 2010 said, “Participating in the Seattle Youth Council was integral to my secondary education. It sparked a fire in me for community engagement and continues to impact my career aspirations.”

Seattle Department of Transportation is expanding its annual PARK(ing) Day by an extra day, and calling it PARK(ing) Day Plus+. The event on Sept. 16-17 provides an opportunity to turn parking spaces into interactive places to engage with neighbors or to test new ideas for improving neighborhood streets. Look through the PARK(ing) Day Plus+ guidelines and submit an application (along with a site plan and proof of neighbor outreach) to [email protected] by Aug. 5. If you need funding for your project, the Department of Neighborhoods is offering Small Sparks grants of up to $1,000 for PARK(ing) Day Plus+ installations through the Neighborhood Matching Fund program. To learn more about these grant opportunities and how to apply, contact Ed Pottharst ([email protected]) or Karen Selander ([email protected]).

Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund is hosting workshops for community groups interested in applying to the Small and Simple Projects Fund, which provides matching awards of up to $25,000 for community-building projects such as cultural festivals, facility improvements, public art, and youth activities. One workshop will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. RSVP online or call 206-233-0093.

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