FOLLOWUP: See which projects won the ‘Your Voice, Your Choice’ vote

The city has announced the winning projects in this year’s round of “participatory budgeting.” From the announcement:

The results are in! More than 7200 community members voted for their favorite park and street projects and 51 projects have been selected. It’s all part of the city’s Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets, a participatory budgeting program in which community members democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. …

The projects were selected from more than 1,000 ideas submitted in February by community members across Seattle. These ideas were evaluated and honed by more than 500 volunteers who participated on Project Development Teams that met in each Council District. This spring, Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation provided cost estimates for the proposals. Then beginning in June, community members ages 11 and above voted by Council District for their favorite projects online and at in-person polling stations at Seattle libraries.

With $3 million available, a maximum of $285,000 was allocated for each City Council District. The remaining $1 million was designated for funding projects in the City’s Equity and Environment Initiative Focus Areas—geographic areas where communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, Native peoples, and limited-English proficiency individuals tend to live. Overall, 20 projects located in these Focus Areas received awards.

Many communities embraced the voting process, especially Districts 1 and 2 whose residents cast nearly 40% of the total votes received. “Programs like Your Voice, Your Choice are important,” observed Kim Schwarzkopf, District 1 resident and Your Voice Your Choice Steering Committee member. “It is a simple way for people to get involved, connect with their neighbors, and make a positive impact in their community.”

Here are the winning projects in West Seattle and South Park:

DISTRICT 1

Riverview/Puget Ridge: Pedestrian Lighting Improvements at SW Morgan St bus stop near South Seattle College (Cost: $90,000, Total Votes: 287)
South Park: Intersection Improvements at Dallas Ave S, 12th Ave S, and Thistle St (Cost: $3,500, Total Votes: 290)*
South Park: Walkway Improvements on S Cloverdale St under SR-99 overpass (Cost: $90,000, 60% design only, Total Votes: 364)*
South Park: Signage Improvements at S Henderson St and 12th Ave S. (Cost $2,000, Total Votes: 208)*
North Admiral: Crossing Improvements on California Ave SW and SW College St (Cost: $90,000, Total Votes: 277)
North Delridge: Improvements to basketball courts at Delridge Community Center (Cost: $7,000, Total Votes: 367)
North Delridge: Equipment Refurbishment at Puget Boulevard Commons/Cottage Grove Park (Cost: $90,000, Total Votes: 271)
Fauntleroy: Benches in Lincoln Park (Cost: $15,330, Total Votes: 355)
Roxhill/South Delridge: Trail Improvements at Roxhill Park (Cost: $88,800, Total Votes: 305)*

Those 9 projects were among 11 that went up for a vote in our area back in June. (Our June story also linked to individual infosheets on each proposal, if you’re looking for more details on any of them.)

8 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: See which projects won the 'Your Voice, Your Choice' vote"

  • KM August 15, 2018 (9:18 pm)

    Great list! I think they’ll be making improvements to Fauntleroy/Findlay with the new greenway anyway?

    • chemist August 15, 2018 (9:50 pm)

      Findlay has an existing light.  It looks like the request was for a ped crossing at Brandon (north of Findlay) for the playfield.  http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/Neighborhoods/ParticipatoryBudgeting/1G.%2018-167,%20Fauntleroy%20and%20Brandon%20(Fauntleroy%20Playfield).pdfI’m glad Lincoln Park’s going to get benches, but am disappointed it wasn’t recognized for partner funding from parks.  I’m also a bit concerned that the Estimating Contingency stated as 10-20% (of construction costs?) was entered as 2% and hope that’s not a problem for something as seemingly straightforward as park benches.

      • KM August 15, 2018 (10:30 pm)

        Improved crossing at Brandon would have been nice, but I guess they all can’t win. I’m hope Findlay will get a button for crosswalk activation on the S side of the intersection so pedestrians and cyclists can access from both directions. Right now, you can only acces at the N side of the intersection, or W bound for cyclists.

  • JRR August 15, 2018 (11:45 pm)

    Yay, Roxhill Park!

  • AC August 16, 2018 (8:16 am)

    Now good luck getting the city to actually do what they say they will. For example, their “final” design in April for the chief sealth walkway improvement was to have a paved walkway with curb bulbs on 25th ave SW. A few months later, they changed the “final” design on their webpage to landscaping and a gravel walkway only. No curb bulb and no pavement. Maybe it’s just an error on their site but it looks like they scaled it way back from what they initially said was the final design. 

  • Ryan Packer August 16, 2018 (9:19 am)

    Where is a link to the entire list of winners?

    • WSB August 16, 2018 (10:33 am)

      You’d have to ask DoN. I don’t see it on either their regular site or on their blog-format “Front Porch” site.

  • Kimbee August 16, 2018 (11:38 am)

    Congratulations Roxhill! Get involved! RoxhillPark.org

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