The city revamped its community-generated park and street improvement program this year, turning the old Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund into Your Voice, Your Choice. Neighbors from all over the city submitted about 900 ideas for improvements over the winter, and a community and feasibility process whittled the list down to a handful for each City Council district.
But each district only gets $285,000, so only a few projects will actually get funding and become reality.
You can vote online or vote in person at any library or community center before the end of the day tomorrow (Friday). It only takes a couple minutes. You can only vote for projects in one district.
More details from Your Voice, Your Choice:
Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is 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 is set aside in each City Council District, and residents can cast their ballots for their top three choices in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.
Small-scale park and street improvements can include:
- Any physical project up to $90,000
- Street projects might include traffic calming (traffic circles, median islands, speed feedback signs, etc.) or short segments of sidewalk construction (less than 100 feet, or one third of a block)
- Parks projects might include accessibility improvements, trail/path maintenance and upgrades, park benches or tables, natural area renovations, minor playground improvements