What happened at Oct-voter-fest?
School board, City Council & Mayoral Debates
Have you seen the photos from this past summer's
Rainier Valley Heritage Parade
& Summer Streets Party?!
Bridge 2 Beach All Valley Earth Day Clean Up--April 27, 2014
Organize your clean up team and Sign up Today! Deadline to register for B2B team is April 20.
Need extra green to make your project greener? You can apply for Department of Neighborhoods Small Spark grants. But hurry--deadline is Friday, March 28 to apply for Small Sparks.
Location Ideas: Business Districts, Residential Streets, Senior Housing, Traffic Circles, School Grounds, Lake Washington Shoreline, Play Grounds, Public Gardens, Parks and Trails, Libraries and Light Rail station areas. If you are going on to private property, you must have permission from the owner.
If it Is Broke, fix it!
So often we ignore what's wrong with our neighborhood. The problems become irritating background noise that we ignore or internalize. But, they don’t disappear and can become a quality of life issue.
Thankfully, Earth Day gives us the opportunity to see our neighborhood with a whole new outlook. SE Seattle's Annual Bridge to Beach Earth Day Clean-up is coming up on Sunday, April 27
, just one day before Earth Day! Representatives from HomeSight, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund and the Rainier Chamber of Commerce have joined forces for the 5th Annual Bridge to Beach event to assist SE Seattle residents, business and community groups organize their own clean ups. Clean up teams can let their imagination run wild: litter pick up, landscaping and weeding, graffiti paint out, knock down or build a new structure.
“It is no longer acceptable to throw things away just because they are broken,” said Susan Davis of the Rainier Chamber “we live in a time when if it’s broken we fix it!”
Do you see a weedy overgrown parking strip or graffiti covered park bench in your community? Then weeding or painting is exactly what your Bridge to Beach 2014 project should be! As has been the tradition, this is a community challenge project with prizes.
In 2014, we will continue with the same tried and true categories. Last year, we added a new aspect to the B2B:
Eyesore Identification. Are there derelict properties or tagging that you wish you could report? You certainly can’t trespass on private property and commit your own guerrilla paint out. Instead, we are collecting those addresses that need attention and will contact the owners ourselves. Please report those properties’ addresses to email@example.com and we will follow up.
For more information, please contact Jenny Frankl (firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.396.0200). The 2014 Bridge to Beach Makeover is sponsored by the Department of Neighborhoods - City of Seattle, HomeSight, Rainier Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Neighborhood Group, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, and Seattle Public Utilities.
Earth Day Celebration! 2013
See it here: the ugly before photos and the beautiful afters!
Thanks to all the teams who got dirty to make SE Seattle beautiful!
And the 2013 Winners are:
Most Artistic Paint Out - Communities United Rainer Beach (CURB)
Best Down in the Dirt weeding/planting - MLK BA
Greenest Thumb - Rainier Beach Community Club
Clean Slate Garbage Pickup - Joy Nishimura
Best Beautification - PEPSI
Conservationists - Sound Steps
Best Community Spirit - Concerned Citizens of Genesee Junction
Largest Volunteer Turnout - Hillman City Community Development Team
Most Innovative Project - Seattle Housing Resource Effort (Bunkhouse)
Best Story - Angel Morgan Neighborhood Association