The City of Seattle is doling out funds to revamp local parks and streets, and they’re asking residents to vote on which areas we’d like to see improved.
It’s called the Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets, a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the city’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. A total of $285,000 has been set aside for each city council district; people are invited to cast ballots for their top three choices in their district before June 30. All community members ages 11 and up can vote online or at in-person polling stations at all community centers and libraries.
The eight projects outlined for our district (District 6) are the following: (View all proposals here):
- Phinney Ridge/Woodland Park: Crossing Improvements on NW 50th St & Dayton Ave NW. Add flashing beacons and curb ramps on NW 50th St at Dayton Ave NW to make crossing safer near schools and Woodland Park. Cost: $75,000
- Wallingford/Woodland Park: Crossing Improvements on NW 50th St & Whitman Ave NW. Add signage on NW 50th St at Whitman Ave NW to make crossing safer on an intersection with low visibility near Woodland Park. Cost: $6,000
- Ballard: Crossing Improvements on Leary Way NW & 20th Ave NW. Add an all-way stop on Leary Way NW at 20th Ave NW to make crossing safer near businesses. Cost: $5,000
- Wallingford/Tangletown: Crossing Improvements on NW 55th/56th St & Keystone Ave NW. Add curb bulbs on NW 55th/56th St & Keystone Ave NW to make crossing safer near businesses. Cost: $65,600
- Sunset Hill: Accessibility Improvements on 24th Ave NW & NW 70th St. Add an audible crossing signal on 24th Ave NW at NW 70th St to make crossing safer for pedestrians with visual impairments. Cost: $9,000
- Green Lake: Crossing Improvements at NW 80th St & Corliss Ave NW. Add a curb bulb on NW 80th St at Corliss Ave NW to make crossing safer near Green Lake and Bishop Blanchet High School. Cost $75,430
- Crown Hill: Traffic Calming on 14th Ave NW between Holman Rd NW & NW 95th. Add low cost curbing on 14th Ave NW between Holman Road NW & NW 95th St to slow traffic near parks and schools. Cost $34,500
- Crown Hill: Accessibility Improvements on 8th Ave NW. Add 4 curb ramps along the pathway on 8th Ave NW between NW 97th St & NW 100th St to improve accessibility. Cost $100,000
Each district has its own ballot and set of eight to 10 projects, which were selected from about 900 ideas submitted in February by community members across the city. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the city and implemented in 2018. Winning projects will be announced by July 18.