Community Meetings

Your Presence is Requested for the April 8th Meeting

At the last Squire Park Community Council quarterly meeting in January, several dozen neighbors showed up to hear about ways residents of local communities-- neighborhoods on the scale of Squire Park--can work together to prepare for and deal with emergencies.  The second stage of that discussion will be at the next SPCC quarterly meeting on April 8.

This will not be a discussion about how government agencies can deal with natural disasters affecting communities, but a discussion about how all of us can work together to help each other under circumstances where many have needs and others have the ability to help. 

If you live in, work in, or go to school in or near the area bounded by E. Union Street, 23rd Avenue, S. Jackson Street, and 12th Avenue, SPCC is the Central Area community council for you. 

We meet quarterly on the second Saturday of January, April, July, and October at 10 AM at Centerstone, the Central Area’s historic fire station on 18th Avenue.  We share information and work together to build community, not just to prepare for a possible mishap, but to work on efforts to make our community more vibrant.

We work on neighborhood grants to improve parks and other community spaces.  We meet with developers and institutions proposing development projects in the neighborhood.

Squire Park is changing rapidly, and there are hundreds of new people living here who have arrived in the last year or so.   If you are a relative newcomer, the SPCC meeting is a place to meet your neighbors, learn more about the Central Area, and learn how you can help strengthen the community.

You may have read that Mayor Murray recently made a decision to cut City government support for District Councils.  District Councils are different from community councils such as SPCC, and the Mayor’s decision does not relate to SPCC.  Community Councils have never received regular City staff support and funding. 

The newsletter you are reading is an ongoing project by your community council.  It’s delivered by volunteers to more than 3,000 doorsteps four times a year.  Nothing would make those volunteers happier than knowing that the newsletter inspired you to come say hello at the April 8 meeting.  Whether you have lived in the neighborhood for 30 years or three months, your presence is welcome.


Presence Requested

Every three months Squire Park Community Council board members and other volunteers deliver --- walking from door to door --- about 3,000 SPCC Newsletters to neighborhood doorsteps. This is your invitation to the next quarterly meeting.

It is sometimes said, by long-time residents, that new residents don’t seem interested in the community or in acknowledging the people who have lived here for decades. Yet, at the same time, many people newly moving to the Central Area state that one of the most important things attracting them to live here is the diversity of the population in the neighborhood.

Ruby Holland, a long-time Central Area resident wrote in the SPCC Newsletter last October: On behalf of myself and many other long time, Black or Afro American CD residents, we would like to welcome you, our new White, Hispanic, or Asian neighbors, to the CD. It is our belief that we need to know our neighbors in order to look out for and to help each other. While Facebook, Nextdoor and email are great tools, community building requires us to leave our comfort zones and use the old-school tactics of face to face contact to get to know each other. … When we see each other on the street, let's say hello and introduce ourselves as neighbors. When seeing other CD residents at the bus stop, library, or out shopping in the neighborhood, let's smile at each other and say "hello".

The Squire Park Community Council wants to be one of the ways in which long-time community members and more-recent community members can connect with each other and connect with the neighborhood. SPCC is the City-recognized community council for the part of the Central Area bounded by 12th Avenue, E. Union Street., 23rd Avenue., and S. Jackson Street.

All are welcome --- homeowners, renters, students, young, old. The Community Council is a place to meet your neighbors. That may be for a brief conversation at the meeting on Saturday morning, or it might be planning to work together on a community effort important to you. The council can help your voice be heard in local government.

The next quarterly meeting on January 14 (10 AM at Centerstone) is the one at which new SPCC board member will be elected.
Let your vote be counted.

The SPCC board meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month. (7:00 PM. frequently at the Seattle U. Admissions and Alumni building, 824 12th Avenue.  Location can vary so check this events listing on this site.


Fall Community Meeting

It’s been another great Seattle Summer, but now that Autumnal Equinox is in the past, we have to face fall.  To kick it off, you will meet some organizations in the neighborhood that have been working to improve the lives of our most vulnerable residents at the Squire Park Community Council October 8th General Meeting

A presentation from First Place Scholars will share their efforts to recover from recent events while continuing to serve their constituents and our community.  Catholic Housing Services and Equity Alliance will let us know about their plans for the YK Building on 14th.  Please join us to learn more about the mission of each and how we can help.

Attendees will have the opportunity to give Sabey feedback on planned intersection improvements around the Sabey/SwedishCherry Hill Campus. Information on next steps will also be available.

We will learn more about the meaning of the Mayor’s Executive order to dismantle the district council system. If implemented, what would the impact our neighborhood be?  What are the risks?  This newsletter will get you started on these topics.  Bring your questions and comments and weigh in on what is happening in your neighborhood.




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