People think telling politicians their ideas is how to make things happen, but that’s just a test of how well a politician can fake empathy. If you really want your idea to happen, you need to go through a city funding process.
The Neighborhood Park and Street Fund submission deadline is 2/8. The fund provides for small-scale improvements to streets and parks, up to $90,000. Last year we held a vote on Wallyhood and the winning project got funded. Projects are chosen by the Lake Union District Council, then implemented by parks or SDOT.
If nobody submits ideas for Wallingford, then we get nothing, so if you have a good idea please suggest it in the comments. You can use responses from your neighbors as demonstrations of outreach and community support in your application!
Beyond that, there’s matching funds. Matching funds allow groups like PTA’s to receive cash from the city in exchange for sweat equity when doing things like upgrading playground equipment. There’s 3 funding levels- up to $1,000 (no deadline), up to $25,000 (2/1 deadline), and up to $100,000 (5/2 deadline). Past projects include building and then upgrading Meridian Playground (100K and then 25K), upgrading McDonald Playground, and (currently) upgrading the JSIS playground. For more info on the matching funds, click here.