Last Tuesday August 6th was the 2nd Annual Night Out Seattle – Downtown. The event was also partnered with the Seattle Parks Department as the Grand Opening of the Bell Street Park first leg from 2nd to 1st. Some of our neighbors and businesses took to the park and closed off street for food, information, entertainment, and an all around good time.
The MC of the event was non other than our own Mr. Belltown, Keith Kentop. Keith did an awesome job at keeping the crowd informed, and introducing various community leaders such as Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel and Belltown Community Council President Elizabeth Campbell.
“It was an honor to co-host this awesome Public Safety event with
Sgt. Sean Whitcomb from SPD’s Public Affairs. Special thanks go to Lisa,
Gina, and Ann Marie.” – Keith Kentop
One of Keith’s other duties was to call out the winners of the raffle which was hosted in part by the Seattle Police Foundation. They had over $2500 in item’s that were donated by local Downtown and Belltown businesses. Even your’s truly won a $50 dinner at The Lost Pelican, which I cannot wait to try out.
Seattle Parks Department was on hand grilling up hotdogs for everyone, and many of the neighborhood associations had information booths such as Belltown Business Association. Under the Needle had a table setup and some of the artists were doing caricatures.
“Who knew that Belltowners are so into Belltown’s history. The
Bell’s Tour: Hit the Bricks and Explore the Legacy brochure were a
sell-out.” – Jane Savard (Belltown Business Association)
The event wrapped up around 8:00 PM with Keith having so many raffle items left over a few lucky residents took home quite a haul. Overall the event was a huge success and a big thank you to everyone involved with making it happen.
“Neighbor’s Night Out really happened Tuesday night: there
were lots of neighbors out on Bell Street. Ran into friends from church,
from Community Council, and I liked the free hot dogs and chips. I was
amazed how different the newly renovated street looked, and how it felt
with all the activity. Hopefully, it was a glimpse into the kinds of
future experiences we can enjoy, as neighbors, groups, and organizations
take advantage of this new, outdoor urban space.” – Eric Likkel