2014 Neighborhood Park & Street Fund Improvement Applications Now Available

traffic circleThe 2014 Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) applications are now available. Do you have a park or street improvement project in mind for your neighborhood?  Applications are due on February 3, 2014.

Click here to download the NPSF 2014 fact sheet or here to download the NPSF 2014 application

What is the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF)? Each year a portion of Seattle’s city budget – approximately $1.2 million in 2014 – is set aside for neighborhood streets and parks improvements. This means that each of Seattle’s 13 neighborhood districts will receive approx. to $90K to go towards neighborhood projects that are proposed by the COMMUNITY (that is you!).

Some examples of park projects include: playground improvements, trail upgrades, tennis or basketball court resurfacing, park benches or tables, natural area renovations, and accessibility improvements.

Examples of street projects include: crossing improvements such as marked crosswalkscurb ramps, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circlesmedian islands, and speed feedback signs. This funding source may be used for sidewalk repair and, rarely, for short segments of sidewalk construction (less than 100 feet, or one third of a block).

SDOT has created a list of approximate project costs per project type.

Who decides which projects will be funded?  The NPSF is a competitive process and not all projects will be funded. Each Neighborhood District Council will review applications and select three projects to forward to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) for detailed feasibility and cost analysis. Funding decisions are based on recommendations from District Councils, Parks and SDOT, with the final decisions made by the Mayor. For more information, contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator.

How are proposals evaluated?  Neighborhood District Councils are looking for projects which meet the fund source criteria listed above and also will consider the following:

  • Significant Impact:  The project will have a widespread positive impact on the neighborhood as a whole.
  • Broad Support: The project has the support of multiple neighborhood or community groups. Both residential and business groups are encouraged to apply.
  • Leveraging Opportunities: The project also qualifies for funding from another City source, and therefore leaves more NPF money available for other projects.
  • Equity: Funding is to be equitably shared among the districts over time. Neighborhoods that are already receiving significant public investment from other sources may be also given lower priority.

For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/npsf/default.htm or contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator.

2014 Neighborhood Park and Street Fund Fact Sheet and Timeline


February 3rd



Neighborhood District Councils review applications.

Early April

Neighborhood District Councils forward top 3 projects to SDOT/Parks for feasibility review and initial cost estimates

Early June

SDOT/Parks return project feasibility reviews and cost estimates to Neighborhood District Councils

June, July

Neighborhood District Councils review and submit final project rankings to DON


DON notifies applicants of award/no award project status. Project award recommendations are included in Mayor’s proposed budget


City Council considers recommendations and adopts 2015 budget


DON announces final project awards


Project implementation

How do I propose a project?

Complete the application form which is available from your Neighborhood District Coordinator or on-line at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/npsf/default.htm. Both residential and business groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications may be submitted by mail, (PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649, Attn: Wendy Watson) fax 206-233-5142 or emailed to: NeighborhoodParkandStreetFund@seattle.gov

Questions or Assistance?