Your Voice, Your Choice

Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City's budget on small-scale park and street improvements. A total of $285,000 is set aside in each City Council District, and residents can cast their ballots for their top three choices in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.

Small-scale park and street improvements can include:

  • Any physical project up to $90,000
  • Street projects might include traffic calming (traffic circles, median islands, speed feedback signs, etc.) or short segments of sidewalk construction (less than 100 feet, or one third of a block)
  • Parks projects might include accessibility improvements, trail/path maintenance and upgrades, park benches or tables, natural area renovations, minor playground improvements

Voting for this program closed on June 30, 2017. Ballots are currently being tallied and winning projects will be announced in August. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City and implemented in 2018.

There are four key steps to this participatory budgeting process:

Idea Collection (February 2017)

Community members brainstorm and submit potential projects to be funded throughout the city. Ideas were submitted online and at various public outreach events. Submission deadline was February 26, 2017.  Learn more.

Project Development (March - April 2017)

Project Development teams turn submitted ideas into concrete project proposals. Learn more.

Voting (June 2017)

Community members vote on their top projects within their individual Council District. Learn more.   

Fund & Implement (2018) 

Each City Council District will select the top vote-getting projects that amount up to $285,000.  City Departments will include winning projects in their 2018 budget and will be implemented in 2018.