NEWS SHINES | Det. Cookie Chess Park Reopening, City Council Approves $6.5M Seattle Green New Deal


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Seattle City Council unanimously passed $6.5 million for the Seattle Green New Deal

Last week, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation earmarking $6.5 million for the Seattle Green New Deal Opportunity Fund. That legislationsponsored by Council Member Teresa Mosqueda, focuses on investments that create an inclusive and equitable low-carbon economy, create a just transition away from fossil fuels, and build healthy, resilient communities. Watch a replay of the voting on the Seattle Channel.

Below is an overview of the items that the legislation will fund:

Resilience Centers in Seattle

Community-driven investments useful in climatic emergencies such as extreme heat and weather-related events, wildfire smoke, and flooding. The funding includes:

  • $1.78 million to upgrade community facilities to foster resilience and support residents during climate emergencies, including:
    • $1.35 million for Duwamish Valley centers to provide cooling, air filtration and programming.
    • $430,000 for a citywide Resilience Hub strategy focused on communities hit first and worst by climate injustice.
Electrification, cooling, heating and air quality improvement of municipal buildings

Seattle has 650 buildings, including 27 public libraries that provide collaborative learning and networking opportunities; These funds provide important modernization investments for the buildings, especially as public libraries become the frontline for environmental disasters. The funding includes:

  • $2.3 million to accelerate the transition of Seattle’s city buildings from fossil fuels by 2035, including:
    • $1.7 million to provide heating, cooling, and clean air to the library’s Northeast and Southwest branches.
    • $610,000 for electrification of municipal buildings.
Affordable apartment buildings electrification

Investing in affordable fossil-free housing for low-income residents. The funding includes:

  • $2 million to support affordable housing projects underway to be fossil fuel free now and avoid inefficient and costly modernizations later as future climate and energy regulations take effect.
Climate & Community Health Indicator Project

Accurate, local and reliable data on combating climate change and community resilience. The funding includes:

  • $302,000 to develop carbon pollution and community health indicators to support climate planning and programming.
    • $277,000 to support community and public health partnerships on cumulative health impacts and inform the Healthy Seattle Initiative.
    • $25,000 to acquire new and reliable transportation energy data to communicate electrification progress.
Community commitment to the climate for the One Seattle Comprehensive Plan

To shape investments in land use, transportation, and infrastructure to meet Seattle’s climate, resilience, and environmental justice goals over the next 20 years. The funding includes:

  • $100,000 investment to support community engagement to inform climate element of One Seattle Comprehensive Plan.

Graphic depicting the City of Seattle's fall 2022 budgeting process timeline.
(Graphic courtesy of Councilor Tammy Morales’ office.)

The City of Seattle’s Fall Budget Cycle is Coming: Your Attendance is Required!

The City of Seattle operates on a two-year budget, with a two-year proposal developed every two years. Each year, the majority of the city’s accepted “General Finance” budget goes to public safety and government. For specific breakdowns of each category and the departments they comprise, see page 36 of the Budget book 2021 approved.

This year, Mayor Bruce Harrell will release his proposed budget on Tuesday, September 27; The following day, the City Budget Office will share a presentation to discuss the mayor’s proposals and describe any major program or staff additions, changes or cuts.

Written public comments will also be accepted at all Budget Committee meetings. Comments intended for the entire Council may be sent to [email protected] There will be three hybrid public budget hearings at City Hall this year, which will take place on:

  • Tuesday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m
  • Tuesday, November 8 at 9:30 a.m
  • Tuesday, November 15 at 5:00 p.m

Photo shows Detective Cookie gathered with a group of parishioners digging in the ground for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Detective Cookie and Seattle Councilman Tammy Morales share a shovel with fellow community members and leaders at the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo: Susan Fried)

Named for Seattle Police Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin, who has helped open the minds of underprivileged youth through chess and community building, Detective Cookie is celebrating Chess Park on Saturday, September 24 from 12pm to 4pm at the Rainier Avenue South its grand opening, near 51st Avenue South.

Bouldin had explained that emerald that the park was a dream come true as “a little girl from the Chicago projects, where people basically said you were never going to be anything. You’ll just grow up in a project. You will live in a project and you will be a housewife. And I really believed in it, I really believed that … Until I actually got off the projects, went to college and started seeing other things and opening up to what I wanted,” she explained. “I take in children that people have given up.”

The grand opening event is suitable for all ages and features free food, music and chess.

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