Last Friday, Mayor Mike McGinn released a statement saying he and Stella Chao, director of the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods
Amid the hustle and bustle of Chinatown sits a quiet, unassuming park nestled behind trees on the corner of Seventh Avenue South and South Lane Street. A bronze dragon hovers over a giant yin-yang arrangement made of sand and grass. Rockery symbolizing the mountainous regions of the Philippines rests alongside a small slide and merry-go-round.
About 300 people recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund. Stella Chao, director of the Department of Neighborhoods, reports that the fund has sparked 3,500 neighborhood projects around Seattle — including the new Chinatown gate, ID dragon poles, Lao Highland Association Community Center, Wing Luke exhibits and more. The fund boosts neighborhood projects with city money and has inspired other programs globally in 100 cities.