Thursday, January 8, 2015

City Money for Park and Street Improvement Projects

(Full details here)
As you may be aware, the 2015 Adopted and 2016 Endorsed Budget adds additional funding to the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund in 2015 and 2016. The City’s intent is to implement more of the projects that have been or will be (for 2016) identified, vetted, and recommended by neighbors and District Councils through the NPSF selection process.

What this means for 2015 projects
This past summer, District Councils prioritized nearly $2 million in project requests to be considered for implementation in 2015. As typical, each District was awarded at least one project – generally the highest priority project as determined by the District Council.

To decide how to allocate the additional $1 million in 2015 funding, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) met in December to review the 2015 prioritized projects that did not receive funding in the original review. These projects had been approved by SDOT and received a cost estimate, but did not go forward in the process (or were not fully funded) because the original NPSF budget ($1.2 million) was fully allocated. With additional funds, these projects can be funded and/or some of the projects already approved for 2015 can receive additional funding. Any funds not allocated for 2015 projects will automatically carry over into the 2016 NPSF budget.

For 2016 NPSF projects<>, DON will begin taking new applications on January 1, 2015 for approximately $2.2 million in funding (up from $1.2 million).  The application deadline for 2016 NPSF is Monday, February 9, 2015.

If you have any questions please discuss with your Neighborhood District Coordinator (  or contact me directly at James.Bush@Seattle.Gov or via telephone at 206.233.5044.

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