DSA Named “Most Influential” by Seattle Magazine

Occidental Lunch Late JulyThe Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District are honored to be a named in Seattle Magazine‘s Most Influential People of 2015.

The DSA/MID’s management of Westlake and Occidental Square Parks has not gone unnoticed. Seattle Magazine has awarded the partnership with the prestigious Most Influential listing.

Seattle Magazine wrote: “When Mayor Ed Murray turned the management of the two parks over to these organizations last June, many questioned the decision, wondering whether Seattle public spaces should be managed by private groups. But the partnership has worked wonders to make the parks usable for all.”

Earlier this year, the City of Seattle signed an agreement to place the DSA and MID in a management role in two of Downtown’s most visible public spaces, Westlake Park and Occidental Square Park.

This agreement created the Urban Parks Activation Partnership, which worked hard to fill each park with new furniture, games, free fitness classes, concerts, food trucks and much more.

“We really wanted to take these two spaces and make them epicenters of activity in Downtown,” said DSA President & CEO Jon Scholes. “We’ve seen the change that happens when these spaces are consistently full and brimming with activity, and we’re lucky to have many great partners who have helped us change how the community interacts with these spaces.” 

The DSA/MID work closely with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Seattle Parks Foundation, Alliance for Pioneer Square and Friends of Waterfront Seattle to enhance the experience of visiting these parks.

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