POSTPONED – First Hill Pop-Up Petting Zoo 08/03 6pm

Due to an excessive heat warning for the Seattle area, the First Hill Improvement Association has decided to postpone the Pop-Up Petting Zoo.

To ensure this event is comfortable for our four and two-legged friends we will be postponing this event to a date in the future to be determined. Stay tuned for more information!

While the excessive heat advisory is in effect please look out for yourselves and your neighbors. The City of Seattle has information about cooling shelter locations and heat safety tips here. In particular, heat safety best practices are:

Stay hydrated and check on vulnerable relatives and neighbors

> Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage like water with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
> Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can cause de-hydration.
> Check on friends, family members and neighbors who may be elderly or have limited mobility to ensure they are staying cool and have access to drinking water.


The First Hill History and Architecture Tour is Sold Out

The First Hill History and Architecture Tour on July 20th has officially sold out! We’re thankful for our partners at the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation for guiding the tour and the Office of Economic Development for making our 2017 Summer Event Series possible!

First Hill Crime & Safety Focus Group July 12th

Please join Seattle University Dept. of Criminal Justice, the Seattle Police Dept. and your neighbors for a discussion regarding crime and safety issues in the First Hill neighborhood on Wednesday July 12th at 6:30 pm at Seattle University in Pigott 102.

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department, conducting qualitative research on community crime concerns so that SU researchers can collaborate with SPD leadership in improving the city’s community policing initiative. Outreach to diverse communities in Seattle is a key part of this initiative and is essential for understanding how to address unique crime concerns throughout the city.

About the focus groups:
> Discussions are semi-structured and led by Seattle University Criminal Justice graduate students
> Focus groups typically last about one hour
> Content of the discussion will be collected by a note-taker but no names or identifiers will be collected
> Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of the meeting, but are free to leave at any time

For questions regarding the focus groups, please contact Susan Nembhard (Master’s of Criminal Justice student and East Precinct research analyst) at

For questions regarding Seattle University’s partnership with SPD and about any ethical concerns you may have, please contact Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott (principal investigator) at or Dr. William Parkin at

Outdoor Reading Party 7/6

Join your neighbors and the First Hill Improvement Association for an evening of reading and live music in First Hill Park.

Inspired by the Sorrento Hotel’s wildly popular Silent Reading party, this event is a chance for all the neighborhood bookworms to relish in the written word while enjoying the outdoors in our beloved neighborhood park. We’ll have live piano music as well as snacks and beverages for you to enjoy.

Bring a friend and a book! See you there!

First Hill Street Bingo 6/22

Bingo is Back!!!!

Join the First Hill Improvement Association and your neighbors for an evening of Bingo on Terry Ave! We’re taking over the street between Marion and Columbia for an evening of bingo, Dante’s Inferno Dogs, prizes, and laughs with your neighbors!

We’ll be hosting First Hill focused bingo with many chances to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. The game will begin at 6PM, and is very popular so arrive early to get a spot! This event will be free and open to the public, so tell all your friends and family, and bring a neighbor!

The summer series of events in our public realm is funded through a grant from Only In Seattle, and our mission is to build community and enhance the neighborhood through community events.

First Hill Transit-Oriented Development Open House

You’re Invited!

First Hill Transit-Oriented Development Open House

Sound Transit and the First Hill Improvement Association invites you to a community open house to discuss future development on First Hill, located at the northeast corner of Boylston Avenue and East Madison Street. This summer, Sound Transit will reach out to developers to build transit-oriented development (TOD) on this property. TOD usually involves a mix of housing and commercial uses to support the greater neighborhood.

Combining housing and commercial activity will make it easier for people to get around via transit, support local business and contribute to neighborhood growth, making First Hill a better place to live, work and spend time.

We are eager to hear from you. This meeting is an opportunity to share your thoughts on specific elements of the future development to help Sound Transit craft its offering to the development community.

Monday, June 5, 2017

6 – 8 p.m. (presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Silver Cloud Hotel

1100 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Join us to comment on:

  • Affordable housing
  • Ground-floor space
  • Urban design features

To submit questions or comments to Sound Transit:

Email or call (206) 398-5300.

Calling All the Good Dogs – First Hill Fidos is June 8th!

It’s that time of year again! Y’all better mark your calendars for the third annual First Hill Fidos at First Hill Park, because you don’t want to miss this. The Seattle Barkery will be there with snacks for the puppers and doggos. Mud Bay and Seattle Veterinary Specialists, Kirkland and Downtown will have prizes for the winners. Seattle Humane will have their MaxMobile on site, so you can bring home a new best friend from on of their adoptable dogs and cats.

Thursday, June 8th, 6:00pm
First Hill Park (1201 University)
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Arrive at 5:45pm to enter your pooch in the show. We have room for 30 dogs to enter into the competition, with entry on a first come first serve basis. The show will start at 6:15pm.

There are four categories for your dog to strut their stuff and take home the prize:
> Cutest Dog
> Best Trick
> Best Costume
> Best in Show

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your dogs to enter into the contest, or come to behold the cuteness overload.

The summer series of events in First Hill are supported through a grant from Only in Seattle. More event dates to follow!