Your Voice, Your Choice

Your Voice, Your Choice is important because it is a simple way for people to get involved, connect with neighbors, and make a positive impact in their community.

- Kim S., YVYC volunteer

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 $3 million has been allocated in the 2018 budget and residents can participate in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.

There are four key steps to this participatory budgeting process:

Idea Collection

Community members brainstorm and submit potential project ideas to be funded throughout the city. Project ideas were collected January 2 - February 2. (learn more)

Project Development

Teams of community members work together to evaluate and prioritize ideas, narrowing the list to 8-10 project ideas per Council District. Project Development took place from February 23 - March 28. (learn more)


Community members vote on their top projects within their individual Council District. The Steering Committee will advise on how much funding each Council District will receive. Voting took place June 16 - July 16. (learn more)

Fund & Implement 

After each City Council District selects the top vote-getting projects, City Departments will include winning projects in the following year's budget. (learn more)