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.


Twinkle Twinkle Freeway Park – Dec 4

Join us Friday, December 4th – 4:30pm—6:00pm on the Main plaza @ 6th and Seneca to celebrate the Freeway Park Illuminations with:

  • Free hot chocolate
  • Make your own s’mores at the bonfire
  • Songs by the Dickens Carolers and
  • A special holiday craft project for all ages!

This year the Dickens Carolers will lead a parade to Westlake Park to join the Figgy Pudding event. Parade will leave Freeway Park at 6pm.

SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 7 Community Workshop about WSDOT Land by I-5 and Yesler Way

Do you have an interest in the management, safety, and long term use of the green space right of way (ROW) along I-5 that is operated by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)? Several areas of this property near Yesler Way, east of I-5, are currently being used by people experiencing homelessness. The need for permanent affordable and supportive housing in Seattle continues to be an extremely high priority. Unfortunately, the immediate negative health, sanitation, and safety impacts of the current encampments in the ROW are increasing. And many of the surrounding communities are expressing their concern and looking for better management of this land area. In response, stakeholders have begun initial conversations with WSDOT to learn more about the department’s land use, management, and safety protocols.

After learning more from WSDOT, the Yesler Terrace Community Council and SHA would like to invite you to join the conversation so we can work together to identify and create community based solutions. We will be hosting a neighborhood workshop on Wednesday, October 7th, to explore neighborhood ideas and opinions about uses of this land that could provide community benefits. SHA will specifically be presenting research about three potential positive and legal activity zones including community gardening, urban farming, and off-leash dog spaces. The workshop agenda will include a community discussion about the researched activities as well as dialogue about other ideas drawn from participants. Please save the date.


Neighborhood Workshop: Community Uses of the WSDOT Land by Yesler Way

Wednesday, October 7, 6:00-8:00 pm

Yesler Community Center, 917 East Yesler Way

*Interpreters will be provided for Somali, Amharic, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese. If you would like additional language services in order to participate, please let us know.  A supervised children’s play area will also be available.

We welcome interested groups who would like to participate in the dialogue about this community land resource. Please help spread the word and bring your constituent groups to the conversation. And if you do intend to participate in the workshop, please contact us so we can plan accordingly and send you further details and invitations.  If you are interested, but can not attend this workshop on October 7th, please let us know. We can find alternative ways to include you and connect with your group. If you are aware of other interested individuals or area groups you think we should contact, please send us that information so we can reach out.

PARK(ing) Day Applications Now Open – Transform the Streets for a Day!

PARK(ing) Day is just around the corner and SDOT is now inviting businesses, community groups, and residents to apply to host parks for this year’s event! PARK(ing) Day will be held on Friday, September 18 from 10am to 7pm this year—longer hours than in previous years to let Seattleites experience more parks throughout the day!

Each year, PARK(ing) Day provides an excellent opportunity to create fun and interactive public spaces to engage with local communities. Groups from all around Seattle will be designing and installing temporary on-street pop-up parks to help generate a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities. The event has grown every year, with a record number of 50 pop-up parks in 2014, spanning across Seattle from Rainier Beach to Lake City. Let’s go for 100 parks in 2015!

If you’d like to participate in PARK(ing) Day, you’ll find the park guidelines and free application on SDOT’s website. In addition, the website has tons of information on PARK(ing) Day, including photos of past pop-up parks to help you generate ideas for your space. Please email questions and completed applications to by the August 28 deadline. We look forward to seeing your creative designs!

Freeway Park Kicking Off Summer Season May 30th

Join your neighbors to celebrate the return of the fountains at Freeway Park! The Freeway park Fountain Fest if a family event with Friend’s of the Library Book Sale, Live Blue Grass from The Josh Philpott Trio, Free Kettle Corn and Face Painting! There will also be Hot Dogs and Ice Cream available from Dirty Dogs and creative activities for the whole family!

Saturday May 30


Freeway Park Central Plaza

6th Ave and Seneca St.

More info at

First Hill, you’re great!

photo 1Over 70 people gathered in First Hill Park on Saturday May 17 to Spring Clean the neighborhood. A giant pile of trash was collected from all across First Hill, and our community is looking spic and span.

We are all completely inspired and impressed at the dedication to the neighborhood exhibited by this turnout. First Hill is a community that really cares about being the best place it can be, and all of you are perfect examples of that spirit in action. Kudos!

Thank you to all who came and spent their Saturday morning making our community a better place. And a special thank you to Top Pot Donuts, Stockbox Grocers, and the Quarter Lounge who donated refreshments and prizes. You’re the best!