Delridge Action Plan

What's Happening Now?

Delridge Day 2015

Thanks to all who attended our Delridge Projects Workshops. Dozens of neighbors and a number of community organizations and Departments from the City of Seattle engaged in discussions about:

  • North Delridge Action Plan: Working to make the positive changes you want for North Delridge. See how you can get involved taking action on your priorities.
  • Delridge Way Multimodal Transportation Project: Reviewing options for transforming Delridge Way SW into a safer and healthier space with predictable movement of people and goods.
  • Longfellow Creek Natural Drainage: Learning how to improve drainage for a healthy Longfellow Creek and Puget Sound.
  • Delridge Resource Fair: Promoting awareness and participation in projects and community services taking place around Delridge.

This final public workshop for the North Delridge Action Plan was the result of input from hundreds of your neighbors who helped identify the community’s vision for North Delridge, and prioritizes steps that you, organizations and the City can take to make Delridge a healthy and livable neighborhood for all community members. The meeting materials and comments are on the Get Involved page.

The Community Review Draft of the North Delridge Action Plan is now available. Send your comments by the end of November to Davidw.Goldberg@seattle.gov to consider them in the final version. Seattle’s Community Toolkit is a guide to City of Seattle and other programs and resources that you can access to take action on priorities in the Action Plan.

We are also working on a more focused community vision for how neighborhood parks and cultural facilities can take a lead role in improving the health of all Delridge communities. Delridge’s Vision for its Parks and Cultural Facilities will be found on this page when complete.

Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Department of Transportation will continue to work with community members as they progress with the Natural Drainage Systems and the Delridge Way SW Multimodal Transportation projects.

An Advisory Core Team (ACT), made of members who represent cross sections of the community, helped guide this project. The ACT began by reviewing background information, the 1999 Delridge Neighborhood Plan, and the comments you provided at Delridge Day and at Gathering of Neighbors in 2014. Since then, they have been meeting almost every month to set direction for this project. They have made business development their near-term priority, and have started business outreach funded through a Neighborhood Matching Fund.

Project Benefits

It has been 16 years since Delridge completed its neighborhood plan. Together, the community and the City have accomplished many of the neighborhood plan goals. However, some of the plan's priorities are out of date. It's time to work with the Delridge community to establish current priorities and to develop an action plan to achieve those priorities.

The Delridge Action Plan will use the Healthy Living Framework to focus attention on how neighborhood planning can improve our health, connect people and places, and make sure places serve people. The framework proposes that a healthy Delridge includes strong community and organizations, healthy people and families, and a supportive physical environment.

The Delridge Action Plan seeks to support a healthy neighborhood that:

  • Contains diverse households, supported by strong social and cultural institutions and services
  • Provides access to resources necessary to meet personal needs, such as healthy food, retail, and commercial destinations
  • Includes a natural and man-made environment with infrastructure supporting healthy activities such as parks, sidewalks, playgrounds, transit, shopping, and services

The End Result

Our action plan will define community and City strategies that address key priorities developed through the planning process, with the aim of ensuring Delridge's people and places can thrive.

Get Involved

Our planning process and action plan will engaged the full range of community stakeholders, including historically underrepresented communities, using the Department of Neighborhoods' Community Liaisons. Our engagement process included an advisory team that helped create an ongoing and representative committee tasked with implementing the Delridge Action Plan.

Youths at a Food Empowerment Education Sustainability Team dinner encouraged their peers to:

  • Provide comments to help direct the Healthy Delridge Parks Vision

Our booth at Delridge Day on Saturday, August 8, 2016 encouraged community members to:

  • Review and comment on draft action plan strategies
  • Provide priorities and suggestions for the Healthy Delridge Parks Vision

Our Delridge Projects Workshop on Saturday, June 6, 2016 invited residents and community members to:

  • Provide direction on the North Delridge Action Plan (North of SW Elmgrove St.)
  • Help design future multimodal improvements to Delridge Way
  • Learn about Longfellow Creek Basin Natural Drainage Systems

The results and your feedback are posted in the meeting notes below. 

Here’s what we have heard at previous Delridge meetings:

  • Create more community and cultural gathering places
  • More places to shop and eat
  • Improve walking, biking, and transit connections
  • Create more recreation and cultural programs

The transcribed workshop notes and their emerging themes are posted below. These notes are helping us and the Advisory Core Team (ACT) establish the priorities and actions in the North Delridge Action Plan. Here is what we've heard:

Our community loves:

  • Friends and community
  • Community and cultural centers
  • Recreation and open space

Our community says they need:

  • Better Access to Food
  • Better access to local shops
  • More activities for youth and adults
  • More programs and spaces for them
  • Improved transportation service and safety

Meeting Notes

Phase 1 Issues & Opportunities Summer/Fall 2014

Advisory Committee Meeting Notes

Phase 2 Preliminary Strategies Summer 2015

Phase 3 Strategies Fall 2015

Delridge Projects Workshop Materials Fall 2016

If you want to contribute your input and ideas for the North Delridge Action Plan, contact David Goldberg at davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov or (206) 615-1447.

Background

Our collaborative planning efforts address three areas of opportunity. These opportunities have expanded and evolved through neighborhood community engagement in a conversation about the future of Delridge.

Create Great Community Places

  • Encourage neighborhood-serving development that creates great places at SW Brandon St., SW. Orchard St / Sylvan Way SW, and SW Andover St., around the Community Center, and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center as identified in the neighborhood plan
  • Inform conceptual design for future improvements as part of the Delridge Way SW Multimodal Corridor Project (see below) so that it supports its Delridge’s growth and provides the safe and efficient connections the community needs
  • Assess issues and identify opportunities to address drainage and flooding

Improve Community Health

  • Increase access to healthy food by building on existing community work such as the Food and Fitness Initiative, the Delridge Grocery Cooperative, and the recent report sponsored by the Women’s Commission and Council Member O’Brien
  • Identify ways to build on Delridge’s parks, open space, and natural assets to make walking, biking, and taking transit and easy choice

Build Community Capacity to Identify Priorities & Take Action

  • Engage historically underrepresented communities through the Public Outreach and Engagement Liaisons to improve the health and livability of Delridge for all its community members
  • Include community-based actions as well as City actions

Delridge Multimodal Corridor Project
This project seeks to transform Delridge Way SW into a safer and healthier space with predictable movement of people and goods. To help inform the project design, we teamed up with the Seattle Department of Transportation and University of Washington graduate students to conduct a voluntary Health Impact Assessment (HIA). The goals of this HIA were to:

  • Examine potential health impacts of the proposed design concepts
  • Take steps to mitigate potential negative health impacts, and enhance positive health effects of the Delridge Corridor project

Download the Health Impact Assessment for more information.

Resources

Organizations

  • Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association – DNDA’s mission is to “inspire and engage residents, businesses, and institutions in creating a thriving Delridge.”
  • North Delridge Neighborhood Council – NDNC is a community organization dedicated to preserving and improving the neighborhood in accordance with the wishes of the community. NDNC strives to inform the community about matters affecting the quality of life in the area, provide leadership in addressing community needs, communicate with governmental agencies in an effort to represent the interests of the community, and cooperate with other organizations and person having similar interests.
  • Delridge Grocery Cooperative – Planned to open summer of 2014, the Delridge Grocery will be a member-owned consumer food co-op in the heart of the Delridge, in the retail level of the new Cottage Grove building. The Delridge Grocery will provide a place for our diverse community to gather and celebrate simple, affordable, healthy food.

Documents

Business Development Analysis