Healthy Streets: Building Equitable Public Space Through Community Partnership

Mobile Workshop

In this Mobile Workshop, attendees will visit the Little Brook Plaza and Park Redevelopment project, spearheaded by the community-based organization Lake City Collective. Hear directly from the community about the advocacy that led to the Healthy Streets project and its impact on their community. The plaza is currently in transition, and you can experience this transformation while learning about where it started and plans for the future.

The success of the Healthy Streets project is a testament to the power of community involvement. It began as a solution to enable people to walk, roll, and bike in the street while maintaining a safe distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. These streets quickly transformed into vibrant hubs of community connection, public health, recreation, and mobility.

Thanks to community-led organizing efforts, several streets in Seattle have been transformed. Formerly congested with traffic, these pedestrian-centered streets offer a safe and inviting space for people to walk, roll, and bike. This innovative repurposing of the public right of way has brought together multiple city departments to co-create projects with the community.

Community-initiated, community-led organizing efforts headed by the Lake City Collective resulted in the launch of a redevelopment project to construct a roughly one-acre park and pedestrian plaza in a high-density, diverse, low-income area with very little open space. Learn about how neighborhood organizing and advocacy influenced the redevelopment of this park, with a vision for expanding the public space into the street with a new plaza.