Celebrate Seattle’s Neighbor Day on February 11 with random acts of kindness

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods invites all Seattle residents to celebrateNeighbor Day on February 11 by indulging in “random acts of kindness.” Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make our neighborhoods a great place to live. Residents, businesses, and community groups throughout Seattle are invited to participate.

Here are ways you can participate in Neighbor Day:

  • Do something nice for a neighbor: take them to coffee, clean up their yard, bake them some cookies, invite them for a walk.
  • Organize a neighborhood potluck, open house, or work party. It can be as big or simple as you want.
  • Join in a neighborhood service project to clean up a park, plant trees, or organize a neighborhood cleanup.
  • Hold a bake sale for charity or to raise money for a neighborhood project.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
  • Use social media to share a “great neighbor” story with #NeighborDay.

If you are looking for more ideas, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has an extensive list on its website. It also has a list of participation ideas for local businesses or community groups.

If you are hosting an event that is open to the public, you can post it to the Neighbor Day online events calendar.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! Visit www.seattle.gov/neighborday for more information or contact Sam Read at sam.read@seattle.gov.


Submit an idea for a small-scale improvement in a park or street in First Hill

Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is an opportunity for community members to directly decide how to spend $2,000,000 of the City’s budget on small-scale physical improvement projects in Seattle’s parks & streets (i.e. crosswalks, medians, flashing beacons, sidewalk repair, curb ramps, park benches, trail improvements etc.).  Each project must be under $90K.

Throughout the month of February, Your Voice, Your Choice will be collecting ideas!  Click here to submit your project idea(s)!

In March, project development teams in each district will evaluate ideas received based on need/impact/feasibility and choose ten projects to advance to a community-wide vote in June.  If you are interested in being on a project development team for your district, please sign up here.   

Tour the Stimson-Green Mansion!

On Friday, January 27th at 3:30PM, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting a tour of one of First Hill’s most iconic landmarks, the Stimson-Green Mansion!

Please get your tickets here. 2 free tickets are available to First Hill residents upon entering the password and discount code: FHIA. Admission is otherwise $10.00 for those without the discount code.

There will also be a public tour on Tuesday, February 14th at 1:00PM. The discount code will still apply for this event as well.

First Hill Park Redesign is Entering Phase 2!

We know it’s been a while since there have been any updates about the redesign of First Hill Park. Fret not! There will be a public meeting about the 2nd phase of the design development on

Tuesday, February 28th 
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Stimson-Green Mansion (1204 Minor Avenue) 

By the end of phase 2, we plan to be 65% done with the overall design and construction documents. Phase 3 should begin at the beginning of May, with construction expected to start in January of 2018.

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please contact alex@firsthill.org

First Hill Improvement Association Seeks Artists for Painting Columns Under I-5

Call for Artists

Request for Qualifications

Painting Columns on Cherry and James Streets I5 Underpass


The First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA), in partnership with the Seattle Office of Economic Development, seeks an artist or artist team to develop an art concept to be painted on the columns below Interstate 5 between Cherry and James Street.


The artist will work with project managers, a steering committee and the public to develop a design to be painted on  the columns underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry Street and James Street in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Urban Artworks will be responsible for painting and installation of the art design. The final deliverable is a full design and site plan that is approved by WSDOT, adopted by the community, and executable by the installation team.


FHIA received funding from the Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Infrastructural Improvement Program to improve and signal and important and prominent vehicular and pedestrian entry into First Hill, beautify the streets near coming redevelopment projects and organizations, enhance place-making and identity for First Hill, create opportunities for art in our community. and make significant visual and safety improvements to a harsh edge where First Hill meets Downtown.

This project will be a highly visible and prominent series of paintings on the columns for a busy junction in Seattle. The design will need to be approved by WSDOT based on their evaluation criteria.


  • January 23rd – Applications Due
  • January 30th – Interviewees Notified
  • February 17th – Proposals Due
  • March 3rd – Artist or team selected
  • March – April- Design iterations with WSDOT, and other stakeholders
  • April  – Design completion
  • Spring 2017 – Art work painted and installed


This call is open to professional artists or artist teams residing in King County. The First Hill Improvement Association Association encourages diversity in its choice of vendors. Artists who have worked with partnering organizations within this project are welcome to apply however the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process.


The budget for artwork and design is $10,000. We anticipate the artist or team will be available to consult with project painting and installation, though not expected to participate in execution. The total project budget is all inclusive of travel expenses, taxes and other project costs. Contracting will be done in two phases: concept design and engineering will be reimbursed at $5,000 once a design proposal is received, and after final design as approved by WSDOT and the steering committee the remainder will be dispersed.


Please email all application materials to: alex@firsthill.org by 5pm January 23rd.


All applications must be submitted digitally by 5pm January 23rd by emailing: alex@firsthill.org

Applications must include:

  • Letter of interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters). Please provide a statement describing your interest in this project, addressing how you are qualified, as well as your interest in improving the public realm, urban design, and community engagement and familiarity with the site.
  • Résumé
  • Three references
  • Up to 16 images. Where possible, submit examples of projects completed in the streetscape
  • Image Identification List (not to exceed 500 characters for each image).


The artist will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality of concept, design and craftsmanship of past works.
  • A proven ability to collaborate in design teams, with design professionals and with community stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget.
  • Experience with integrated design and urban infrastructure.


The selection will take place in two parts. During the first round of the project steering committee and WSDOT staff members will review the applicants’ images, qualifications and other materials. The panelists will identify up to three finalists to ask to submit full proposals, which will be shared with the broader community for input as the Steering Committee selects the preferred artist. Artists asked to submit proposals but not selected will receive a $300 stipend.

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by e-mail in February 2017. The First Hill Improvement Association reserves the right not to select any of the applicants.


Please contact Alex Hudson, FHIA Director, at alex@firsthill.org or 206.486.0007 with any questions concerning the application process.

Download this document here: Call_For_Artists

RSVP for the Second Annual Neighborhood Valentine’s Day Party 2/7

Call us biased, but First Hill will always be first in our hearts! What better way to celebrate the place we love to call home than with a Valentine’s Day Party?

Join the First Hill Improvement Association, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and your neighbors for an evening of community building and neighborhood pride at the Stimson-Green Mansion. Love thy neighbors in one of First Hill’s most historic and iconic homes with live music, dessert, drinks, raffles, a Valentine’s making station, and more!

Tuesday, February 7th, 6-8pm

Stimson-Green Mansion (1204 Minor Avenue)

Free and open to the public with RSVP

FHIA is excited to debut the film series, “Second to None”. These short films feature 5 of our neighbors describing their perfect day on First Hill. In addition to these video love letters, there will be a no-host bar, live music from jazzEd and a dessert bar! It’s going to be good. FHIA is grateful to the Office of Arts and Culture for supporting the “Second to None” films and to our partners at:

This event is free and open to the public, but attendance is limited, so please RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact FHIA’s director Alex, at alex@firsthill.org!

Check Out the First Hill Improvement Association’s 2017 Committee Priorities

The First Hill Improvement Association Board agreed to focusing on the following goals and priorities for each committee in 2017:

Clean, Healthy, Safe Neighborhood

  • Recruit new Committee leadership.
  • Host a Find It, Fix It Walk with Mayor Murray on First Hill.

Membership and Outreach

  • Create a branded outreach kit for public events fully stocked with FHIA and partner organizations.
  • Increase Individual Membership by 50%, to 180.
  • Institute “Member of the Month” element to the FHIA newsletter.
  • Oversee creation of a new brochure, and get it included in the Welcome Bags of at least 4 buildings.


  • Create committee that meets bimonthly with reps from small businesses, major institutions, and residents.
  • Host Mobile Business Clinic with Office of Economic Development support.
  • Survey 30 local businesses to assess their needs, priority concerns, and opportunities.


  • Advocate for extension of Restricted Parking Zones on First Hill. FHIA will meet with the RPZ program manager to understand what changes are planned for First Hill’s RPZ allotment and to make suggestions.
  • Fix pedestrian issues at signalized intersections. FHIA will meet with the traffic engineering department to advocate for deactivation of “beg buttons” at signalized intersections.
  • Protect First Hill’s transit options. FHIA will continue to remain involved in monitoring proposed changes to bus routes on First Hill, particularly the Route 2, 3 & 4.
  • Steward installation of pedestrian crosswalk at 9th & Columbia. This ask has been made to SDOT, who are in agreement of the need. FHIA hopes that this crosswalk with be a pedestrian activated full signal. FHIA will identify other intersections that ought to be signalized and promote installation of safe crosswalks.

Urban Design and Public Space

  • Acquire funding for 2 block Terry Avenue woonerf and recommend next steps for neighborhood involvement in creating the design.
  • Create standardized list of questions, criteria, precedence for evaluation of private and public development. ex: lighting, seating, amenities.
  • Develop comprehensive plan for expanding FH tree canopy, achieve expansion objectives outlined in that plan.
  • Install two benches, and four street libraries.