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Photos by Brandon Macz: A large chalkboard has been set up in Freeway Park to gather ideas about how to improve access, visibility, programming and safety.
Photos by Brandon Macz: A large chalkboard has been set up in Freeway Park to gather ideas about how to improve access, visibility, programming and safety.
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Monday, August 21, 2017 10:54 AM

Freeway Park provides 5.2 acres of public open space between Downtown and First Hill. While groups advocate for lidding Interstate 5, Freeway Park is the product of such an effort that took place back in 1976.
Still, the park suffers from a lack of awareness and usage, according to the nonprofit that advocates for it.

  • Local historians walk through Capitol Hill's past
    Two founding members of the Capitol Hill Historical Society, Heuser and Ketcherside held a forum on Tuesday night with author and local historian David B. Williams, whose book “Seattle Walks” sets a path for finding many markers of the city’s past.
  • Mercer X Summit Block Party a go
    Nearly everything is set for the Mercer X Summit Block Party on Saturday, with a free outside music festival and after-hours party at Generations.
  • Capitol Hill Relay for Life seeks more event participants
    Capitol Hill’s Relay for Life event has always been a little different, but the goal of raising funds to support the American Cancer Society has never changed.
  • Homecoming
    The tombstone of a Civil War veteran and Seattle merchant woodworker was reunited with Richard Palmer at his final resting place in Lake View Cemetery on Sunday.
  • Be:Seattle launches campaign to register homeless voters
    Housing isn’t a requirement to vote, but in a state that exclusively relies on mail-in ballots for each election, not having a permanent address can be a big obstacle to voting for many people.
  • Be:Seattle’s new campaign to register homeless to vote
    Be: Seattle founder Devin Silvernail has been pumping out community action projects since starting the nonprofit in January 2016. The latest mission is to get people experiencing homelessness registered to vote.
  • Dunshee House comes down for rowhouse development

    A Capitol Hill house that had provided refuge and services for Seattle’s LGBTQ community for nearly three decades finally came down this month. Soon enough, the site will contain a four-unit rowhouse.

     
  • First Hill maps out neighborhood improvements

    First Hill representatives have laid out the route for a tour of what needs fixing in the neighborhood ahead of a walk with Mayor Ed Murray next month.
    The First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk on Tuesday, July 11, is an opportunity for residents and organizations to highlight improvements needed in the area, particularly those related to pedestrian safety.

  • Pride before the fall
    Pride Weekend in Seattle brought a new mural to Capitol Hill, which was celebrated on social media, and then mourned when it came down quickly on Monday, June 26, at 722 E. Pike St. The mural, completed by Urban Artworks, a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth, stated in rainbow letters to ‘Keep Cap Hill Queered.’
  • Trans Pride Seattle shines light on ongoing struggles

    “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” “Trans lives are under attack! Stand up, fight back!”
    It’s to these slogans that hundreds of demonstrators at Trans Pride Seattle 2017 marched on Friday, June 23, around Cal Anderson Park.

  • Free group yoga summer series returning to Volunteer Park
    Volunteer Park Trust member Patty Helberg will again be helping people work on their morning sun salutations during a summer yoga series in the park.
  • PrideFest Capitol Hill 2017
    After the historic organizers of the June 24 Pride festival in Capitol Hill were not allowed to continue this year due to recent permit violations, the Broadway Business Improvement Area approved emergency funding so Seattle PrideFest could fill in.
  • Man stops in Seattle during quest to visit every national park
    A year after starting his epic journey, Mikah Meyer still has many miles to go before completing his goal of visiting every one of the more than 400 parks and monuments within the U.S. National Park System.
  • Spring cleaning to help those in need
    Residents of First Hill Plaza, a condo at 1301 Spring St., were given a helping hand in cleaning out their storage lockers and closets this spring. Linda Kelly and Jackie Williams, both members of their Homelessness Committee, recruited volunteers from the building to help residents organize their lockers and dispose of things they no longer needed. 
  • Capitol Hill Pride Weekend stays in the picture
    The Capitol Hill Pride Festival, March & Rally has lost its appeal to continue with its Pride Weekend festivities, but community organizations were permitted Tuesday to keep the historic Saturday festival alive.
  • Ground work starts on Liberty Bank
    The community celebrated Capitol Hill Housing’s Liberty Bank Building groundbreaking in the Central District on Monday, which is expected to provide 115 affordable homes come September 2018.
  • Historic Auto Row
    Plans by the Capitol Hill Historical Society to identify the neighborhood's many designated landmarks will overlap with a local developer’s own project to highlight the history of more than a dozen Auto Row buildings.
  • Remembering Pulse
    A year after the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida that left 49 mostly LGBTQ and Latino people dead, Seattleites again flocked to Cal Anderson Park to remember the Pulse Nightclub victims and advocate for love over hate.
  • Seattle Pride March
    There have been many strides in the fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States, but speakers at Sunday’s Seattle Pride March rally made it clear that the struggle continues.
  • FHIA hosts I-5 columns painting party
    The First Hill Improvement Association held a painting party under Interstate 5 on Sunday, where unattractive freeway columns are being converted into an artsy gateway between the neighborhood and downtown.
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