July News + Updates
Art Installation in Occidental Mall by Celeste Cooning.
Picture courtesy of Pioneer Square Diary.
Neighborhood Business Updates
Figure | Ground Art Gallery is a brand new gallery in the Pioneer Square located in the Scientific Building at 122 S. Jackson St.

Figure | Ground Art Gallery recently celebrated its grand opening on July 1st and is open by appointment, or on regular walk-in days.
Cafe Nordo is now open!

Bloom | A celebratory dinner of transformation is currently happening until July 25th.

Make your reservation at cafenordo.com
Press Highlights
Coffee Breaks and Public Art
in Occidental Square
Join us on every second Wednesday of the month from 10a-12p under the pavilion in Occidental Square for a coffee break. Share warm beverages from local vendors, listen to local and live music, get to know your neighbors, and learn about what’s happening in Pioneer Square. 

This will be a fun late morning get together to mingle with friends new and old, enjoy delicious drinks, and reconnect with one of the greatest neighborhoods in Seattle. Take a moment from your day to step outside and get to know your Pioneer Square.

Save the date, rain or shine. It’s Coffee Break in Occidental Square time.
Supporting a Safe & Welcoming Downtown
As Pioneer Square sees the return of more workers, visitors and tourists, the City of Seattle wants to ensure a safe, welcoming and positive experience. To help reconnect workers and visitors to downtown, the City is spearheading two Welcome Back Weeks in July (12th-24th) and September (13th-25th). 

During the first week of each two-week period, the City will have a pop up event in Occidental Square featuring live music, giveaways, refreshments, activities, and more. 
Passport to Pioneer Square
Alicia Keys tickets, Sounders FC seats, and a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter cruise of the Puget Sound.

These prizes and more are up for grabs as part of the Passport to Pioneer Square. Simply pick up a passport at a neighborhood spot (or print it out at home), snap your best photo, post it on social, and you’re on your way to your next big adventure in Seattle’s historic neighborhood.

Who’s ready to start exploring?

Learn more on our website.
Neighborhood Deals

Share Your Specials! Pioneer Square businesses currently offering neighborhood specific promotions and deals are invited to email them to info@pioneersquare.org.
Support Local Pioneer Square Marketplace
On the Pioneer Square Marketplace site, shoppers can view curated selections of products and purchase directly from Pioneer Square boutique retailers, restaurants, bars, art galleries, salons and more.

Businesses can also feature gift cards for purchase. The site includes a restaurant directory takeout/delivery function that links customers directly to Pioneer Square restaurants for easy ordering of takeout or delivery. The takeout section is a convenient way to help customers order food and support their favorite local restaurants through one online location.
For Business Owners

The Support Local - Pioneer Square Marketplace has been updated to include new features to ensure business owners can navigate the site easier, including a new login page, a new registration page and business profile page (example).
Looking For Something To Do?

There is still plenty to see and do safely in Pioneer Square all month long, while practicing social distancing.

You can find a variety of these on our website to help you stay entertained, including virtual online events and in person by-appointment only exhibitions.

Browse our calendar of events for some COVID-safe entertainment and online events in the neighborhood in June. 
Driving to Pioneer Square? Check out mobile-friendly DowntownSeattleParking.com for parking locations throughout the neighborhood. 
Events on the Waterfront
Enjoy a full summer of fun events & programs at Pier 62! 

From free yoga sessions, KPOP dance classes, free fitness and workout programs and more, there is something for the whole family.
Monthly Staff Feature:
Thembela Mavuso, Alliance for Pioneer Square
Marketing Manager
Thembela Mavuso is the newest member of the Alliance team, joining the organization as Marketing Manager in early 2020.

Thembela joins us this month to reflect on her first year with the Alliance, the amazing work she's been part of and what she is looking forward to in the months ahead.
Tips For Pioneer Square Residents
Muckleshoot Plaza
Now Open
Our neighborhood, and city at large, is a dynamic one and the Alliance understands how challenging it can be to keep track of it all. This is why we have put together a list of tips and information to help Pioneer Square residents navigate changes and updates affecting the neighborhood and our Seattle community.

Learn more about how to stay engaged with neighborhood updates, support Pioneer Square businesses, keep our neighborhood looking clean, and more below.
As of June 30th, Lumen Field's Muckleshoot Plaza is re-open for neighbors to use.

This follows Governor Jay Inslee removing all COVID guidelines and protocols on June 30th. While there will be a few days of closure due to a scheduled roof project, the plaza area is open for the public and their pets.
Virtual Neighborhood Webinars
Join the Alliance for Pioneer Square, RecologySeattle Public Utilities, and Waste Management Seattle on Wednesday, July 14th from 12:00-1:00p for an update on garbage collection, recycling and yard/food waste. RSVP here

At this lunch and learn, you will learn more about:
  • the solid waste service area for Pioneer Square
  • the CAP program
  • expectations for pick up services
  • commercial resources
  • the importance of solid waste diversion
  • successful internal organizational system for solid waste
  • how to prevent contamination

Visit the Alliance's website for more solid waste resources.
The next Pioneer Square Monthly will take place on Friday, July 16th from 1:30-2:15p on Zoom. RSVP here. Find previous meeting slides and webinar recordings here.

When: Friday, July 16th from 1:30-2:15p

Where: Zoom Video Conference

(note, the meeting link will be sent out to those who RSVP on the morning of Friday, July 16th.)
De-Escalation Training with the Metropolitan Improvement District
Join the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for a one and a half hour de-escalation training on August 17th from 10:30a-12p.

The MID/SPD de-escalation training is going to be in-depth training program that teaches you how to recognize, reduce and manage aggressive behavior. Over the course of the presentation, the MID will provide effective and compassionate methods of handling anxious or aggressive people, as well as increase confidence and introduce skills that can be used during threatening situations. Members of SPD will also present on personal safety techniques and field individualized questions from attendees.

Please note:
  • Class size will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants to ensure a meaningful experience for all participants. Registration will be first come, first served. Registration is available to those affiliated with a Pioneer Square Business
  • Due to limited class size, participation will be limited to one person from any business.
  • Once we reach the maximum number of participants, we will maintain a waitlist and notify you if a space becomes available.

Please note this training is open to Pioneer Square business employees and residents only.
Survey: Pioneer Square Mural Theme
The Alliance for Pioneer Square is working on an upcoming permanent mural project, and we need your input!

Please take this survey to express which mural theme you would most like to see reflected in a brand-new permanent mural located in Pioneer Square. Please note that results of this survey may influence the design direction; however, final mural design may evolve as project implementation continues. 

This survey should only take a couple of minutes to complete. The survey closes on Thursday, July 15th at 11pThank you for your feedback on this exciting project!
Partner Efforts
Port of Seattle
2021 Cruise Season Schedule
The Port of Seattle has released its projected 2021 cruise schedule.

The season is slated to start on Monday, July 19 when Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas departs Pier 91. The season’s last departure is from Norwegian Cruise Line’s Encore at Pier 66 on Saturday, October 23.

A total of 83 sailings operated by seven cruise lines are on the schedule. Additionally, cruise ships begin arriving for testing and preparations in Elliott Bay as early as Tuesday, June 29.
2021 Rethink Waste Grants
by Waste Management and Seattle Public Utilities
Waste Management, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, will award a total of $10,000 in grant funding to small businesses and community organizations to implement 2021 ReThink Waste projects. The goal of the ReThink Waste grant is to support projects that encourage waste prevention and/or increase recycling and compost sorting. We are looking to award funding in the range of $500 to $5,000 per project. Visit the Waste Management website to apply.
Broken Window and Façade
Improvement Fund
Trinity Façade Improvements in Progress
We have received a large volume of applications. Due to funding limitations, the Broken Window and Façade Improvement Fund is currently paused. The Alliance is seeking additional funding to continue this program. Please check back here for updates. 
Neighborhood Construction Updates
Waterfront Seattle Construction Ongoing on New Alaskan Way

Waterfront Seattle continues building the new Alaskan Way. Following the shift of vehicle traffic east, onto the newly rebuilt roadway between S King and Columbia streets in mid-December, construction to build the new roadway now continues on the west side of Alaskan Way. Activities include mobilizing equipment, potholing work, breaking pavement, excavation and utility installation. Work hours are Monday through Friday 7 AM to 5 PM with occasional overnight and weekend work. 
Here's how you can stay up to date on Waterfront Seattle construction: Head to Waterfront Seattle's website for more information and to sign up for email updates. Text "WFSCN" to 474747 to receive text updates. You may also contact Waterfront Seattle via email or by phone at (206) 499-8040.
Pioneer Square
Areaways Program

SDOT recently completed safety inspections of the Pioneer Square areaways. This was a multi-year effort to inventory and inspect the 146 active areaways within the district.

Thank you to all the building owners and property managers who facilitated access for the inspectors.

Curb lane restrictions will remain in place while SDOT continues to monitor, evaluate, and strengthen the areaway street walls throughout Pioneer Square. 

For more information, please visit the SDOT Areaways webpage or contact the SDOT Areaways team at areaways@seattle.gov or 206-684-3760.  

Construction Roundup

(Note: Most construction has resumed after being paused due to COVID-19.)

Revive I-5: Preserving the freeway

WSDOT is working to ensure that the interstate continues to perform at its best for as long as possible, preserving I-5 through regular inspections and preventative maintenance, along with months-long construction projects.

Read about current projects here.
Business News and Updates
COVID-19 Resources for Pioneer Square Small Business

The Alliance for Pioneer Square recognizes the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus on Seattle’s small business community. We have compiled a series of resources intended to assist small business owners, managers, and employees minimize the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus on themselves and their community. We will revise this and all associated pages with more information as it becomes available- please check back for updates.

Stay Engaged!
Find us on Facebook

Are you a resident or business owner in the neighborhood? The Alliance for Pioneer Square Facebook page communicates resident and business owner specific news/information to compliment our more general Pioneer Square Facebook page.

Pioneer Square Business Owners and Managers Facebook page: The Pioneer Square Business Owners & Managers Facebook group is a private platform providing business owners and managers in the neighborhood the opportunity to connect, ask questions and share support among one another while collectively navigating the current health crisis and resulting economic challenges. Request to join the group here.
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