Prioritize Projects in Your Community

Your Voice Your Choice and Greenways Opportunities

Message for Lake City Greenway’s Janine Blaeloch:

“Just as we begin the Neighborhood Street Fund community prioritization process, the Dept. of Neighborhoods is also starting the annual Your Voice, Your Choice participatory budgeting program for street and park projects. This is the program in which Lake City/District 5 has had overwhelming participation, and some of our projects are now being built.

Please read on to see how you can participate in both these programs.

(1) Neighborhood Street Fund proposals were submitted back in November. D 5 has 57 proposals, of which 35 are in the greater Lake City area. These projects cost between $100K and $1 million.

We can all vote to prioritize NSF projects, either online or at one of two D 5 meetings happening this week and next:
PLEASE COME to a meeting or vote online!

Go here for information and voting

(2) Your Voice, Your Choice projects can be proposed by anyone living, working, or spending time in a Council district and may cost up to $90K.

Lake City Greenways will have an idea-collection gathering for YVYC on Monday, February 11, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the meeting room at our newly-more-fabulous Lake City Branch Library. We’ll brainstorm yet more ways to make our streets safer and green spaces better. These proposals are simple to fill out online or on paper, and we will have materials at hand to make it all easier.

This will be the first of LC Greenways’ newly-established quarterly meetings. We so hope to see you there!


2019 Clean Up Schedule

Mark Your Calendars and Let’s Make 2019 a Strong Year for Neighborhood Clean Up Efforts

Check this webpage or the Enjoy Lake City Facebook page for locations one week prior to clean up.

Sunday, April 7th – “Spring Clean Event” 1pm – 3pm (more details to come)

Sunday, May 19th – 1pm – 2pm

Sunday, June 23rd – 1pm – 2pm

Sunday, July 21st – 1pm – 2pm

Sunday, August 18th – 1pm – 2pm

Sunday, September 15th – 1pm – 2pm

Sunday, October 20th – “Fall Clean Event” 1pm – 3pm (more details to come)

“Build Lake City Together” provides everything you need to participate including gloves, grabbers, safety vests and trash bags. These events are family friendly and a great way to meet neighbors, give a little shine to Lake City and feel great doing it.

If you would like to join our list for reminders or have questions please email me at:



Lake City Partners Unite Efforts for Greater Impact

Lake City Future First Migrates Leadership and Concentrates Energy Under “Build Lake City Together” Framework

Children’s Home Society of Washington, Lake City Future First and Lake City Neighborhood Alliance began a community-focused partnership in summer 2016 to create a strategy that helps improve the quality of life for children and families in Seattle’s Lake City.
From this strong collaboration and support by the Wells Fargo Foundation, a comprehensive, resident-driven neighborhood plan was launched in 2018 called Build Lake City Together. The revitalization plan covers community needs ranging from affordable housing, social services, green spaces, economic development and social cohesion.
In an effort to strengthen these efforts, Lake City Future First has decided to migrate its leadership and concentrate its work with oversight by Children’s Home Society of Washington under Build Lake City Together action plan. In mid-January, I joined Children’s Home Society of Washington as project manager to help make the Build Lake City Together action plan a reality.
The goals of the Build Lake City Together action plan align directly with Lake City Future First’s in many critical areas. By bringing together Lake City Future First’s successes since it formed in 2014 and Children’s Home Society of Washington’s 25-year history and leadership within the Lake City community, we can work together to build the capacity and strengths of Lake City so all benefit.
Build Lake City Together needs significant support to ensure that it is inclusive, truly responsive to the broader needs of the neighborhood and brings us together to achieve a community that values all who live, work and play here.
Please join us! Build Lake City Together is working to form several work groups in multiple areas to address community needs and it will need all of us to build Lake City together. It has been an incredible honor for LCFF and CHSW to serve Lake City and now we look forward to making a bigger impact in this amazing and robust community.


Chris Leverson

To review the Build Lake City Together neighborhood plan: Click Here .

For more information, please contact Chris Leverson at (206)445-8520 and Chris Leverson is the program manager for Children’s Home Society of Washington as part of the Build Lake City Together initiative.

Have an Idea for Community that Needs Funding?

Matching Fund Grant Opportunities Available


Contact: Lois Maag, Communications, 206.615.0950;
Sam Read, Communications, 206.727.8808;

Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund announces funding programs for 2019

SEATTLE (January 17, 2019) – Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) announces the 2019 funding opportunities for community-initiated projects. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund – support grassroots projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, cultural festivals, community organizing, and much more.

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