Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks, focused on Seattle crime hotspots, will be starting up again in 2015. This first walk of the year will be held in Seattle’s University District on Saturday, February 21 beginning at 11 a.m.
At the walk, community leaders and residents, police, and city officials will gather together to identify physical disorder and solve it. Seattle’s Find It, Fix It mobile app will feature a new “Community Walk” button to help report any street disorder observed the day of the walk in order to organize and expedite fixes in the neighborhood.
In 2014, walks in the Central District, Lake City, Rainier Beach and several other neighborhoods led to significant improvements made in those neighborhoods. You can watch videos, view photos and read actions taken as a result of these walks here.
The University District Find It, Fix It Community Walk will begin at the intersection of 45th Ave. and Brooklyn Ave. The Community Walk will be led and emceed by Captain David Emerick, Seattle Police Department. Below is a schedule of events.
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Welcome remarks from Mayor Ed Murray
- Light Rail Station – SoundTransit Project Manager Kate Lichenstein
- Find It, Fix It App tutorial – City of Seattle FAS
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
- Walk commences through the neighborhood (map)
- Walk concludes at the UW Campus at the intersection of 42nd Ave and 15th Ave with closing remarks from University of Washington Interim President Ana Mari Cauce.
- Department representatives and city staff will be available for follow-up questions.
- Refreshments will be provided by UW and Starbucks.
This year, the City will be able to leverage more resources for the community walks thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Cities of Service “City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block” program, which allows incentives to local governments when they engage communities in neighborhood revitalization efforts.