SEATTLE – Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Downtown) issued the following statement in support of Mayor Bruce Harrell’s Downtown Activation Plan that was announced today:
“When the Council and the Mayor work together we can overcome Seattle’s biggest problems. I applaud Mayor Harrell for his collaborative approach and emphasis on action to build a vibrant active Downtown where all Seattleites can live, work, and play.
“When Downtown sneezes the city gets a cold. There is no Seattle recovery without Downtown recovery. That is why it has been a strong focus of mine since taking office. This plan, working collaboratively with other programs I have supported, will reinvigorate the core of our city.”
The Downtown Activation Plan builds on Councilmember Lewis’ previous work to advance critical public safety and activation programming in the Downtown core, including the critical Covid-era JustCARE program that provides transitional housing to people experiencing homelessness as well as the recent deployment of the We Deliver Care social service emphasis presence on Third Avenue.
The long-anticipated re-opening of City Hall Park will be supported by the first hiring cohort of the newly expanded park ranger program, an initiative championed by Councilmember Lewis and included in last year’s Metropolitan Park District (MPD) package that he shepherded to passage. MPD funding for program activities and concierge services in Downtown parks will also serve as a core component of reinvigorating Downtown.