Trees Planted

Our volunteers planting trees on the Summer Green Street

What's Happening

Introducing the new Street Mural!

Phase 1: With thirty volunteers in just two days we painted this vibrant street mural as an attractive beginning of our summer project. Next will come the trees and street furniture. Volunteer to make it a reality! 

Introducing the new Urban Garden!

Phase 2: With many more volunteers, we planted street trees and other vegetation to bring nature into our urban center. Next up: street furniture!

Install Street Furniture

Phase 3: This week, we will install and paint the street furniture (picnic tables, benches, umbrellas, and chairs). Volunteer to help put the finishing touches on our people-powered public space. Date to be determined and we will email you once scheduled to see if you can join us.

Art & Design Competition

On August 16, the Summer Green Street will be transformed into an open-air art gallery, featuring the work of local artists and designers. 

Pick the Movies!

Every Friday in September we will show an outdoor movie on our Summer Green Street. Help us to pick the movies by popular vote.


U District Summer Green Street

A Summer Pilot of the Green Street on NE 42nd

Coming this Summer!

With your 1,686 votes at last year's Streetfair, we developed a design plan to  transform NE 42nd Street into a 'Green Street', providing a vision for a future, permanent change to this vital connection between  The Ave and UW campus. 

At this year's Streetfair (May 18-19), this project received another 391 votes amongst intense competition to demonstrate strong community support for the proposed summer activation. 

Because of this support, we were awarded $50k in funding for this summer to activate the street. We'll bring in potted trees, outdoor seating, play equipment, and lighting. We'll paint street murals and set up a stage for outdoor concerts, art shows, and movie nights. The goal is to create an attraction to enjoy over the warm days and nights, and bring more foot traffic to local businesses. The project will also address the five-acre deficit in open space and ensure the U District remains livable, sustainable, and accessible as it grows. 

As a form of 'tactical urbanism' (quick, cheap, and temporary modifications), all of this activity will culminate with the U District Food Walk, when The Ave is again prioritized for people.  

Sponsors & Partners

Funding provided by the Neighborhood Matching Fund of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Additional funding provided by 4Culture of King County and the U District Advocates, who serves as our fiscal sponsor.
City of Seattle
4 Culture
U District Advocates
U District Community Council
U District Partnership
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

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