Promenade Partners, Supporters List Keeps Growing

We’re excited to announce that Bellwether Housing and Stewardship Partners are officially on board with the Melrose Promenade project.




Bellwether Housing is an affordable housing developer headquartered at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Olive Way, just a block east of Melrose.On its website, Bellwether says: “Bellwether meets the need for affordable rents by buying, building and managing apartments in urban locations.” And, it adds: “Commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability are evident in all our efforts.”

Stewardship Partners is non-profit organization that helps private landowners restore and preserve the natural landscapes of Washington State. Stewardship Partners will be working with us to pursue green storm water solutions that could become a part of the Promenade.

On its website, Stewardship Partners says: “We collaborate with diverse interest groups to build bridges and find solutions that achieve mutual goals of environmental protection, economic health, and community well being. Our projects restore fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, protect open space, and “green up” the built environment while maintaining working landscapes of farms, forestland, and livable communities throughout the State.”

Check out Stewardship Partners’ support letter.

A big thank you to both Bellwether Housing and Stewardship Partners for your support of the Melrose Promenade!

Get Involved at Our Upcoming Working Group Session

Are you looking to get more involved in the Melrose Promenade project? Are you interested in community engagement, planning, design, or fundraising? Then next Wednesday’s meeting is just the place for you!

We will be holding a working group session next Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6pm in the Capitol Hill Library (425 Harvard Avenue East). Our working groups will be focused on two tasks:

– Preparing a Request for Qualifications for a consultant to manage the community engagement, planning, and design process as part of the Melrose Promenade’s $20,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant, and
– Discussing the contents of the Melrose Promenade’s Opportunity Fund application, which will be due September 17. We will likely be seeking $750,000 through this grant opportunity to fund development of parks and green space improvements.

Please let us know if you will be joining us by RSVPing to or on our Facebook event page!

When’s the Next Picnic on the Promenade?!

What a great time Tuesday night was!

As part of Seattle Night Out, we threw our very first Melrose Promenade BBQ Potluck. It looks like there will be many more to come.

Thanks to the nearly 30 community members who joined us and contributed so many delicious dishes! Our veritable cornucopia of food included hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, veggies, salads, chips… you name it.

It was great speaking with so many of our neighbors about ways to improve Melrose Avenue. We also appreciated the opportunity to speak with representatives of the Mayor’s office about our vision for the Promenade.

Thanks also to Sayed Alamy of for these great photos.

Looking forward to seeing you all at our next picnic on the Promenade!

Our newest supporters: Feet First, Victrola, Newmark

Thank you to Feet First, Victrola Coffee, and Newmark Realty Capital, the Melrose Promeande’s newest supporters!

Feet First has been advocating for walkable communities in Washington State for more than a decade. In their letter of support, Executive Director Lisa Quinn wrote, “The Melrose Promenade project supports our vision of how people are provided easy and safe ways to walk for their health, transportation, environment, community and pleasure.”

Later, she added, “The Melrose Promenade works towards the City of Seattle’s vision of becoming the most walkable city in the nation.”

Victrola Coffee serves coffee at two locations on Capitol Hill, on 15th Avenue East and East Pike Street, just steps from Melrose Avenue. Victrola has graciously donated of coffee for our Muffins on Melrose and Community Cleanup events.

Newmark Realty Capital is a property owner on Bellevue Avenue East, just one block east of Melrose. Newmark’s Skip Slavin wrote that the Promenade would be a “great public benefit”.

Read it here: Feet First letter of support

Upcoming Events for the Promenade

We have a full week ahead of us for Promenade building! We hope you’ll join us for the following:

Friday, August 3 (8 – 9:30am) Muffins on Melrose – Come get free muffins, free coffee, and other goodies! We’ll be set up at the corner of Melrose and Denny from 8am – 9:30am. Come learn about the Melrose Promenade project and share your thoughts on how to build an incredible new public open space on Melrose Avenue.

Tuesday, August 7 (6 – 9pm)Melrose Promenade BBQ Potluck – As part of Seattle Night Out, we are throwing a street party on Melrose Avenue East at the foot of the East Republican Street stairs. Bring your Weber grills, your bratwursts, your veggie patties, some tunes, and more!

Wednesday, August 8 (6 – 7:30pm)Melrose Promenade Advisory Committee – Want to play an active role in helping to plan, advocate for, and build the Promenade? Join us at the Capitol Hill Library (425 Harvard Avenue East) for our monthly Advisory Committee meeting, where we will report on our outreach activities, fundraising, planning and design work. Advisory Committee meetings are open to the general public.