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.

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.   

Help Name the new Yesler Park!

Yesler Terrace is getting a new 1.7-acre park, and the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department (SPR) is seeking nominations for the park’s name! Help shape the future of the neighborhood by submitting your ideas!

The deadline for submitting suggested names for the planned Yesler Neighborhood Park is February 1, 2017.  SPR is collaborating with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) on outreach regarding the naming process. Over the next two months, SHA will be communicating with Yesler residents, external organizations, and residents and businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods to solicit park name suggestions.

Please submit suggestions for Yesler Neighborhood Park names to the Parks Naming Committee by Feb. 1, 2017. Include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria, included below. Send to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Parks Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to Paula Hoff at paula.hoff@seattle.gov.

Yesler Neighborhood Park

The scope of this project is to develop a 1.7-acre neighborhood park that is part of the Yesler Terrace Master Planned Community. The intent of the park is to serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of Yesler Terrace as well as people who live and work in the surrounding community. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides $3,000,000 for a new park at Yesler Terrace. Additional funding has been secured from the Seattle Housing Authority, State of Washington Recreation Conservation Office Recreation Grant, RAVE Foundation, Stim Bullitt Park Excellence Fund, Wyncote Foundation, and Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Foundation. The overall budget now totals $4,330,000. More information can be found here<http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/yesler-neighborhood-park>.

About the Parks Naming Committee and Park Naming Policy

The Parks Naming Committee is comprised of one representative designated by the Board of Park Commissioners, one by the Chair of the City Council Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee, and one by the Parks Superintendent. Criteria the committee considers in naming parks include: geographical location, historical or cultural significance, and natural or geological features. The Park Naming Policy, clarifying the criteria applied when naming a park, can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Publications/namingPolicy.htm

The Parks Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, who makes the final decision.

Attend the Convention Center Addition Public Benefits Open House 12/7

To build the Washington State Convention Center Addition project, the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) is requesting that the city vacate three alleys and underground portions of Olive Way and Terry Avenue. The project will pay for these rights of way and also provide a package of public benefits.

There are a number of concepts that have been proposed by the community, the city, and WSCC for the public benefits package. Your participation and feedback at the public open house will help determine which ideas should be advanced for further analysis.

Wednesday, December 7
5-7 p.m.
WSCC, Room 2AB

We hope to see you there!

For travel directions, information on parking and transit options can be found here. More information on the project’s proposed alley and street vacations available here.

Attend a guided tour on Lawrence Halprin’s Legacy: Freeway Park – 10/23

The Cultural Landscapes Foundation is celebrating the legacy of groundbreaking landscape architect and designer of Freeway Park, Lawrence Halprin. Guided tours of his work are being conducted across the country, including Seattle’s own brutalist masterpiece and largest urban park, Freeway Park.

Brice Maryman, ASLA LEED AP, a senior landscape architect for SvR Design will be guiding a tour of Freeway Park on Sunday, October 23rd from 11:00am- 12:00pm. Brice will lead a guided tour of the four connected spaces within Freeway Park, and a discussion of the history, successes and failures, and future of the unique landscape.

This event is free and open to the public. Learn more and to register for the event here.

 

First Hill Bingo Night: 9/22

Join the First Hill Improvement Association and your neighbors for an evening of Bingo at the 9th and University pavement park! This event will be the last summer event of 2016, so make sure to be there to test your luck.

A big thanks to the neighborhood co-sponsors: Top Pot Doughnuts, the Rhododendron Cafe, the Dunbar Room at Hotel Sorrento, Cafe Presse, Coffee TreeStockbox First Hill Grocery and Sugar Bakery.

We’ll be hosting First Hill focused bingo with many chances to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. The game will begin at 6PM, 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 along University Street is funded through a grant from Only In Seattle, and our mission is to build community and enhance the public realm along this neighborhood greenway.

Attend First Hill Park Design Workshop #3 August 2nd

FHIA is proud to announce we received $25,000 in grant funding from the Department of Neighborhood’s Neighborhood Matching Fund to engage the community in a visioning and concept design for First Hill Park.

The goal of this project is to come together as a community so we may understand priorities, develop a vision, and create concept designs toward making First Hill Park a safe and active open space for all.

Join us at First Hill Park (Minor & University) at 6:00pm on Tuesday August 2nd for the second in a series of public workshops to gather ideas, priorities, and aspirations for our neighborhood park.

Our design team at SiteWorkshop will be facilitating this workshop, which is an open house style meeting with a short presentation at 6:15pm. The meeting is free and open to the public. Your voice is critical to developing the best possible plan, so bring a neighbor and come by for as long as you can!

For more information contact FHIA Director Alex Hudson at alex@firsthill.org. We hope to see you there!