Nickels Newsletter - July 2005
I hope you’re enjoying your summer as much as I am! The long summer
days give us all more time to spend in parks, with our families, and in our
I love my own neighborhood of West Seattle, but being mayor gives me the
opportunity to spend time in lots of other parts of our city. Summer is a
great time for all families to go exploring: check out Ballard and its beautiful
new library, see the Center for Wooden Boats and see the plans for South
Lake Union Park, or go swimming at the beach in Seward Park or Alki!
The city is investing in these neighborhoods, and more. Just this past month,
the City awarded funding to more than 20 business district associations for
local improvements. In Lake City, for example, the chamber of commerce received
$11,000 to clean up the street, trim the trees, install new benches and banners,
update winter street decorations and advertise for their summer festival.
Projects like this make neighborhood business areas cleaner, safer, and more
attractive for visitors and residents.
The Small and Simple Project Fund, as it does several times a year, also
awarded neighborhood initiatives— to the tune of more than $200,000.
Those funds go to projects like the Montlake Summer Music Festival, the creation
of a pocket park in Pinehurst, and expanding the scope of the current Friends
of Georgetown History project. And on Saturday, the Large Project Fund Awards
will award $1.4 million to 18 community projects. We are a city of neighborhoods,
and I’m glad the City can help add fuel to their fire!
This year, the traditional Seattle summer rain was very welcome. The city’s
water supply is returning to normal, thanks to the extra rain and people’s
extraordinary conservation measures. Did you know that Seattleites saved
60 million gallons of water every day? In the first week of July, I removed
the advisory asking for voluntary water reduction. Water is still a precious
resource, though, so if you’ve gotten into new conservation habits,
all the better!
You can read more about the city’s water supply and other news below – be
safe and enjoy your summer!
Mayor of Seattle
Water supply returning to normal
Thanks to more rain, lower water use by Seattle Public
Utilities customers, and successful efforts by our water managers, our
water supply is returning to normal. Back in March, one of the driest
winters on record prompted me to issue a water shortage advisory. Because
supply is now about normal, we can remove the advisory. Water is still
a precious resource, though, so if you’ve gotten into new conservation
habits, all the better!
the news release
Keeping our neighborhoods safe
In all parts of the city, there has been a demand for
more officers on the street—I’m proud to announce that will
soon be a reality. The City Council’s approval of my plan to add
25 new officers our police department will help us keep our neighborhoods
safer. These new officers will join patrol units in all five precincts,
which means more eyes and ears on the street, ready to protect our neighborhoods.
Neighborhood businesses help build healthy communities...
One of my priorities is to build strong and healthy
communities, which is why I was so glad to give awards to 22 neighborhood
business district groups across the city, from Lake City to White Center.
This set of grants totaled more than $164,000, and includes $10,000 for
the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle and the South Park Merchants
Association. The grants will also support local businesses in Columbia
City, Ballard, the Central Area and more!
a complete list of recipients, read the news release
... And neighbors help build healthy communities
Another way to build strong communities is to enlist
the talents and creativity of our neighbors. Through our Neighborhood
Matching Fund’s Small and Simple Project Fund, we make awards several
times a year to community groups working on community projects. This
season, we awarded grants ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 to 18 different
The awards are given to groups who match the City’s
contribution with locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer
labor. These groups are committed to building strong communities and
I’m glad to help bring energy to these great projects.
a brief summary of each project - Adobe PDF 24 kb
the news release
Summer Sack Lunch program now serving
When school ends, so do the free lunches that many kids
rely on for their basic nutritional needs. That’s why Seattle has
stepped up to create a Summer Sack Lunch program. Through this program,
we can serve breakfast, lunch and snack to children at 120 sites throughout
Seattle – at parks, playgrounds, community centers, and Boys and
Girls Clubs. Last year we served more than 41,000 breakfasts and 150,000
lunches, and I look forward to another great Seattle summer full of healthy
and energetic kids!
Making progress on Lake Union streetcar
The City Council approved the funding plan for the South
Lake Union streetcar, and we are on the way to seeing more job and housing
growth in the heart of our city. The South Lake Union streetcar will
do several things. It will link thousands of workers and residents to
jobs and downtown transit hubs, spur investments in neighborhoods that
can best handle the growth, and will help us shape South Lake Union and
the Denny Triangle into great urban neighborhoods.
Coming soon to Fremont: Troll Avenue North
his unique vantage point under the Aurora Bridge, the Troll will soon
be looking down his own road: Troll Avenue North.
The little road that runs from the Fremont Troll to
the Ship Canal is named Aurora Avenue North, which is often confused
with the bridge above it. To clarify the location for locals, visitors
and emergency personnel, as well as to honor its famous resident, Fremont
neighbors have asked the City to change the name of the street. The community
went through an arduous and expensive process to have the street’s
name changed, so I sent legislation to Council last week, asking that
they do just that. Stay tuned!
the news release
- Neighborhood Matching Fund, Large Project Announcements --
Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way -- Saturday, July
16, 10:00 a.m.
- Grand Opening of the James Tower Life Sciences Building --
East side of the tower, 18th Street between Cherry and Jefferson
-- Saturday, July 16, 11:30 a.m.
- West Seattle Junction Festival -- Corner of California
Ave SW and Edmunds -- Saturday, July 16, 2:30 p.m.
- Seattle Bon Odori Festival -- Seattle Buddhist Church,
1427 S Main St -- Saturday, July 16, 7:00 p.m.
- The Dave Ross Show -- Call in to Mayor Nickels on
710 KIRO Newsradio -- Tuesday, July 19, 4 p.m.
- New City of Seattle home page is launched -- www.Seattle.gov --
Wednesday, July 20
- Tour of Sound Transit construction -- King Plaza I,
7101 MLK Jr Way S -- Monday, July 25, 10 a.m.
- Burke-Gilman Trail Ribbon Cutting -- West side of
Northwest 54th St. and 32nd Avenue Northwest, near the Ballard
Locks -- Monday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
- NW Cable News -- Mayor Nickels appears on cable channel
2, Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m.
- Weekday with Steve Scher -- Call in to Mayor Nickels
on KUOW 94.9 FM -- Monday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.
- Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center Graduation
Ceremony -- 19010 First Ave. S. -- Wednesday, Aug. 10,