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The Durkan Digest: Summer in Seattle

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One of my favorite things to do as mayor is to get out into the community and hear from our neighbors all across Seattle.

Tomorrow is no different. I’m excited – especially now that the summer weather is back – to be heading back to West Seattle for a neighborhood walking tour with Chief of Police Carmen Best to hear from West Seattle small businesses and residents about what we can do for their community. We’ll also join the West Seattle Grand Parade to celebrate the West Seattle community and help kick off SeaFair next weekend.

Seattle is the place to be in the summer. That’s why the City of Seattle invests in safe and affordable summer programs that enrich the lives of Seattle’s kids. Investing in true opportunity means working year-round to build safer communities and help prepare our young people for success in school, their career, and beyond.

We hope that Seattle’s young people and their families can visit one of our many parkspools, and community centers. The City also offers Summer Day Camps and Activity Campslifeguard training, the Summer Meal ProgramThe Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning and a lot more. And don’t forget about the Trailhead Direct, which is back this year to connect hikers from downtown to some of our region’s backcountry trails.

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Later this summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Big Day of Play is your chance to join neighbors from all across the city for fun, games, and outdoor activities.

There’s also no shortage of fun events happening across Seattle this weekend:

The Capitol Hill Block Party will once again bring some truly amazing musicians to Capitol hill, and support the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, the Vera Project and Jubilee Women’s Center among other local nonprofits. Be sure to check out the free events available as part of the CHBP as well.

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Bite of Seattle is also this weekend, and features 200+ food and specialty vendors, Craft Beer & Cider Tasting, and live entertainment

On Sunday, you can also watch our Seattle Sounders take on our rivals and southern suburb, Portland. Or, watch the traditional lion dance in the Chinatown Seafair Parade, or celebrate Latinx Pride at Roberto Mestas Plaza.

Whatever you do, I hope you and your loved ones have a fun, sunny, and safe summer weekend.

As always, please continue to write me at, reach out via Twitter and Facebook, and stay up-to-date on the work we’re doing for the people of Seattle on my blog.  


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This blog post is an excerpt from Mayor Jenny Durkan’s weekly newsletter. If would like more content like this, and a weekly recap of the exciting things happening in the City of Seattle, you can subscribe here.