Public Art Hits the Melrose Promenade

The Melrose Promenade is about to get a long overdue splash of color!

After reviewing several worthy proposals, we hired local artist Sara Snedeker to design several concepts for a pair of “community crosswalks”. The installations, which will be painted later this summer or in the fall, will cross Melrose at both Pike and Pine Streets. We have three concepts and five designs to choose from, and we need your help!

Please review the designs below and complete our online survey, letting us know which art you’d like to see on the Melrose Promenade.

Concept #1 – “Eye Spy on Melrose”

Melrose Eye Spy

Artist Notes: Inspired by the architecture, colors, themes, and character of place.
Upper Left: window from Starbucks building, palms from the palm tree near the bike shop (Rapha, formerly Bauhaus), oyster (T. Shellfish), beet (M. Market- a spin on their sign), succulents (parklet planter box and rooftop/patio gardens), coffee portafilter w/ M for Melrose, historical brick pattern mimicked on the buildings and roadway.



Alternative – Artist Notes: Images with plants reflect the foliage on Melrose and add a pop of vibrant color

Concept #2 – “Burst of Color”


Burst of Color

Artist Notes: This is a vibrant and fun piece that depicts a geometric shape in the center with the initials for Melrose Promenade. Bursting out from the geometric piece are all the beautiful fractals of light that you’d see shimmering off a quartz or any other precious stone. This one would add a BIG pop of color and a little extra spunk to the area.

Concept #3 – “Poem Dazzle”


Artist Notes: There are a few angles and shapes that have been taken from the facades of buildings as well as the Starbucks window- all flipped on its side and churned into dazzle camo (popular with pop artists in the 1920’s). I imagine lines of a poem would be placed within the different angled lines. White letters on the black stripes and black letters on the white stripes. I can add this in at any time, I just want to be sure there is a consensus on a poem first.


Alternative – Artist Notes: Adding a Burst of Color


Seeking: Artist to Bring Life to Melrose Promenade Crosswalks

The Melrose Promenade is getting its first two community crosswalks this summer, and we are hiring an artist to design them!


Can you help us give this crosswalk a little more personality?

In partnership with The Department of Neighborhoods, we are seeking an artist to develop site-specific artwork for two crosswalks located on Melrose Avenue at the intersections of Pike and Pine.

Please see our Request for Qualifications, and if you are interested submit your application by May 8, 2017.

Artist RFQ Melrose Promenade 2017 FINAL

Community Crosswalks Coming to Melrose Promenade Summer 2017

This summer, the Melrose Promenade is receiving its first two Community Crosswalks at Pike and Pine Streets, but before it does, we need our neighbors to weigh in on which designs they like best. We are forming a Selection Committee to oversee the selection of the artist, and the selection of the final design, and we invite you to join us. If you are unable to serve on the Selection Committee but would still like to review and weigh in on the design concepts, we will be posting them on our website and Facebook page, and hosting a community open house to review them, and to meet with us and the artist.

If you are interested in participating in the Melrose Promenade Community Crosswalk Selection Committee, please email us at

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PSRC recommends $3 million for Promenade

The Puget Sound Regional Council is recommending that $3 million in federal funds be allocated to design and build entire Melrose Promenade neighborhood greenway and protected bike lane improvements! THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our project and taken it so far, especially our partners at the Seattle Department of Transportation for their work on the grant proposal.

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In its proposal, SDOT said:

“The Melrose Promenade project will continue the build-out of the all ages and abilities bicycle network in Seattle by developing a protected bicycle facility design and connecting residents to community resources like parks and schools. It will also address the safety issues at intersections, where pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to be involved in collisions. The reconfigured intersections will improve safety and make walking and biking more comfortable. The reconfigured roadway will provide increased separation for bicyclists and pedestrians, reduce exposure to motor vehicles, install protected bicycle lanes and neighborhood greenways, and upgrade the public right-of-way to create a community space for gathering.”

Read SDOT’s full grant proposal here.

And, see PSRC’s map of all projects recommended for funding here.


Melrose and Pike just got a whole lot safer!

The paint’s almost dry on the Melrose Promenade’s new, safe pedestrian crossing at Melrose and Pike. Huge shout outs to our dedicated volunteers for their work to secure a Neighborhood Park & Street Fund grant from the City of Seattle to pay for these improvements, and thanks to SDOT for making this project such a high priority and building it so quickly. Check out the coverage on CHS!

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Photos by Patrick Jones

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Photos by Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

Next Melrose Promenade Advisory Council Meeting: Sunday, November 1 at 1pm

As all of you may know, and thanks to so many of your efforts, we’ve made a ton of progress in 2015, and as our $50,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from the City has been approved by City Council, we’re going to rely on everyone’s contributions to get this next phase of our project built.

Please join us for our next Melrose Promenade Advisory Committee, Sunday, November 1, from 1-2:30pm in the upstairs area at Six Arms. We will discuss our implementation of recent funding wins, future event planning, and more! Please comment below or email us at if you’d like to join us. We hope to see you there!

Melrose Promenade Update

Hello fans of Melrose Promenade! Since the vision plan was revealed, the Advisory Committee has been busy seeking funding sources and community support to implement pieces of the Promenade (and regretfully neglecting this blog in the meantime). We wanted to give you updates on some progress we’ve made over the last few months.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant: We are pleased to announce Melrose Promenade is a recipient of a $50,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant! Sponsored by the Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Matching Fund Grants are designed to allow community groups like Melrose Promenade to create something meaningful for their neighborhoods, such as improved public spaces and cultural activities.  We will use the funds to implement part of the Promenade concept plan, so follow us here or on Facebook to stay up to date on when we’ll hold community engagement meetings to discuss.

We also want to point out that we were able to identify nearly $146,000 in matching community funds as part of our grant application. That’s nearly three times the amount of the grant, and includes cash donations, volunteer hours, and in-kind donations. Thank you, neighbors, for your generous and continued support! We truly would not be here without you.  

Manmoon streatery: Earlier this year, the City announced the streatery application we submitted with our project partner Mamnoon Restaurant was approved by SDOT! What’s a streatery? It’s a parklet that the sponsoring business can operate as a sidewalk café during their business hours. And if you are wondering what a parklet is, you can learn all about it here. We can’t wait to see how this new sidewalk amenity further activates the southern end of Melrose and we look forward to enjoying the view along with one of Mamnoon’s addictive sandwiches.

New crosswalk:  Have you felt a little more carefree while crossing Melrose between Starbucks and Six Arms? That might be because of the crosswalk SDOT painted in May! This important safety improvement is a demonstration of the power of collaboration to benefit the community. The crosswalk results from the long-time advocacy of neighbor Patrick Jones, with the support of local businesses, and from Melrose Promenade’s work to make our streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians in coordination with the City of Seattle. Thanks to these efforts, this part of Melrose is now safer for pedestrians. Now we can’t wait to tackle the rest of Melrose!crosswalk

If you have questions or want to get involved with the Advisory Committee, please email us at, or send us a message on Facebook. We’d love to talk to you and hear your ideas for the gateway to Capitol Hill!