Spring Clean First Hill on Earth Day – April 22nd!

The First Hill Improvement Association is celebrating Earth Day by hosting our third annual Spring Neighborhood Cleanup!

Saturday, April 22nd at 10am

First Hill Park (Minor and University) 

Meet your neighbors, learn about what’s going on in the neighborhood, and make the neighborhood a better, cleaner, and friendlier place! Big thanks to our partners at Top Pot Donuts for providing coffee and snacks for you to enjoy!

We’re partnering with Plymouth Housing Group to host this event. A rock-and-roll band made up of Plymouth residents will play for the neighborhood starting at noon!

Bags, gloves, grabbers and vests will be provided by Seattle Public Utilities. Spread the word by inviting your friends and neighbors. You can download the Spring Clean Up Poster and post it in your community! We hope to see you there!


Mark Your Calendars for the April 11th First Hill Public Meeting

The First Hill Improvement Association will be hosting the neighborhood’s second public meeting of 2017 on

 April 11th, from 6-7:30pm at the Frye Art Museum Auditorium

There’s a lot going on in our neck of the woods, so make sure that you attend!

  • The folks from Lid I-5 will be presenting some of Seattle’s urban design challenges: a lack of public land and neighborhood disconnections caused by Interstate 5.
  • We will hear from SDOT’s Construction Hub Coordinator on how the City is coordinating amongst the 19 projects planned or underway for First Hill to mitigate impacts and keep First Hill moving!
  • First Hill neighbor Helen Goehring will share efforts underway at First Hill Plaza to support people living outside in our community, and how other residential communities can join their efforts.

This event is free and open to the public, and parking is available onsite. Invite your friends and neighbors! Contact FHIA Director Alex Hudson at alex@firsthill.org with questions.

Attend the March Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Open House

The Madison Street BRT team will be hosting in-person and online open houses this March to share the updated project design.

This will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the:

  • Updated design, including information on sidewalks and pedestrian access, parking and loading zones, bicycle infrastructure, and station design
  • Preliminary construction information, including a draft construction sequencing plan and potential construction impacts

The project team and other City staff will be in attendance to listen and answer questions about the project. This is also an opportunity to learn more about Ben Zamora, the artist chosen to create public works of art along the Madison St corridor.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 5:30 – 7:30 PM

First African Methodist Episcopal Church

1522 14th Ave


MARCH 8-22

Give feedback online!


(Link will go live March 8)

Review and Vote on the Interstate 5 Column Painting Proposals!

The First Hill Improvement Association  is excited to be able to make changes to the columns underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry and James Streets. We’re grateful to have the help from Urban Artworks to install and paint the selected art design.

Before our partners at Urban Artworks are able to paint the selected art design, we need your input! Please review each proposal from 5 local artists and vote on the design you’d like to see underneath the Interstate. The proposals are provided below, as well as a link to vote. Remember, you can only vote once! Get to it!

Interstate 5 Column Painting Proposals

Apply for the Community Involvement Commission

Do you have ideas about how our City government can better engage with residents?

Do you want to be a catalyst for positive change in your community?

We have a new opportunity that could help you reach those goals! We are looking for people from all over Seattle to step up and help guide the City toward more equitable and inclusive community involvement.

Equitable and inclusive community involvement? What does that mean? It means that all residents can easily access information that is clear, relevant, and tailored to their communities. It means that they can access it on their own terms and in their own language. It means that there are clear and simple processes for residents to provide public input and participate in decision-making. It means that all residents feel like they are partners and collaborators with the City and that City projects and programs are done for and with them rather than to them.

Our newly created Community Involvement Commission has been established to help guide City departments toward these goals.
The Commission will be comprised of 16 equity champions who will work to ensure that our City departments are creating and implementing equitable engagement strategies that lead to more relevant and impactful public participation.
If this is you, please consider applying to serve on the Commission. We know it may sound intimidating…but do not fear! Your service would only require 3-6 hours per month and we will do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for you to participate. Our main priority is that your voice be heard!
We are taking applications now and anyone can apply! Applications and general information are available in seven different languages at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/community-involvement-commission.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 1 by 5pm.
Don’t miss this opportunity to represent your community, your civic interest, and your neighborhood in telling the City how it can do a better job of reaching and engaging all community members in the City’s actions and decisions.

Network at a workshop with organizations to help grow your business!

The Money on a Mission Expo seeks to connect small business owners with entrepreneurs and local lenders to help grow the local economy and finance your dreams!

On Wednesday, February 8th from 1:00p – 4:00p at the Pacific Tower (1200 12th Ave S) you will be able to chat with exhibitors about how to grow your small business.

To find more information, view all of the exhibitors that will be there and register for the event, please click here.