The strongest neighborhoods are the ones in which the community takes pride and leadership in shaping its future. SCIDpda brings together community members, residents, and business and property owners to work together to identify and meet the needs of the neighborhood. We ensure our community’s voice is heard on everything from park improvements to increased neighborhood bus service.
Below are a list of our Community Engagement Highlights.
Chinatown International District Art Walk
2009 marked the International District’s first series of art walks, drawing nearly 800 visitors to the area! The event was a widespread effort to increase neighborhood relations with local artists and introduce new visitors to the neighborhood. SCIDpda produced the event in partnership with more than 25 businesses and property owners; community organizations such as Wing Luke Asian Museum, InterIm CDA, Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area, and Theatre Off Jackson; and local artists.
International Children’s Park
A beloved neighborhood children’s park will be renovated in 2010 thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the International Children’s Park. Since 2006, SCIDpda has been supporting the efforts of this community group to address concerns about safety and usability of the local park, assisting with design development, advocacy efforts and fundraising. IDEA Space, SCIDpda’s community development resource center, works closely with community residents and partners at Wing Luke Asian Museum, International District Housing Alliance, Denise Louie Education Center, International District Community Center, University of Washington, City of Seattle (Parks and Recreation and the Department of Neighborhoods) and InterIm CDA to ensure that the park renovation is a community-driven and owned project.
King Street Task Force
The King Street Task Force brings together property owners, local businesses, community organizations and the City of Seattle to implement a coordinated and collaborative economic development plan for the Chinatown International District. Co-convened by SCIDpda and InterIm CDA, the King Street Task Force addresses multiple facets of commercial revitalization, including neighborhood marketing, streetscape improvements and neighborhood business mix.