Attend a Mayoral Candidate Forum on Homelessness and Affordable Housing 9/28

The St. James Housing Advocacy Committee invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting on September 28 as the final two candidates for the Mayor of Seattle address the issues of homelessness and low-income housing in Seattle. Last year, over 200 parishioners heard from the City’s Director of Homelessness, the Director of Facing Homelessness, and Catholic Community Services’ clients and staff. This year, we have invited the candidates for Mayor of Seattle to participate in a forum so we may hear their views on the growing crisis of homelessness in our

September 28th
6:30 -8:00pm
Cathedral Hall (803 Terry Avenue)

Questions or comments, Patrick Barredo, Director of Outreach and Advocacy, | 206-382-4515


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 Seattle Chamber Music Society Presents Free Music in Freeway Park

Bring a picnic, stretch out on the lawn, and enjoy some of the best classical music ever written. It’s another summer of Music Under the Stars, a series of free outdoor musical evenings presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Classical KING-FM, and the Freeway Park Association.

Since 1993 these free open-air events have grown to encompass parks in four Seattle neighborhoods, including Freeway Park in Downtown Seattle.

The concerts take place every Friday in July: July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. Each event begins at 7:30pm with live music performed by an outstanding student or pre- professional ensemble. At 8:00pm the evening continues with a live audio broadcast of world-renowned artists performing at Benaroya Hall, provided directly to the park by KING-FM.

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 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.

Go on a Self-Guided Tour of First Hill with the Park-to-Park Map

The First Hill Improvement Association has created a neighborhood walking loop that connects Freeway Park to the upcoming Yesler Terrace Park. The Park-to-Park Path is 1.5 miles round-trip and showcases the many  landmarks of First Hill. Check out First Hill’s iconic tree canopy, historic buildings, excellent views of SoDo, Beacon Hill and Downtown, street art and parks! The Park-to-Park Path is great for residents and visitors alike to get outside and explore all that the neighborhood has to offer. First Hill is undergoing a lot of changes, but the neighborhood has maintained its history and this walking loop showcases the past and future of the neighborhood.

Download to print the Park-to-Park Path here!