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Elementary school students walking along Longfellow Creek in West Seattle, recording day, time, temperature, and precipitation to learn about water moments.

Reflecting on October STEAM lessons for youth

This year, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association’s (DNDA) fall STEAM lessons reached 120 students through September and October — nearly as many students as we typically serve in a whole year! October’s “Watershed Wonders” nature workshops were a hit with the kids. “I didn’t realize water was all around us!” one student said. Jules Hepp, DNDA’s…

Digital architectural model of a renovated Thelma Dewitty Theater. Assessment, model, and image by ORA Architects.

Behind the scenes of renovations at the historic Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

In October, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) began heavily anticipated renovations on our home at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, located in Delridge, Seattle. The construction follows an architectural needs assessment of the 100-year-old building. The major projects include upgrading the kitchen for commercial use, replacing part of the roof and HVAC units, restoring settling slab,…


A productive fall Duwamish Alive!

On Saturday, October 21, we hosted nearly 60 volunteers at Pigeon Point Park in the West Duwamish Greenbelt in West Seattle, our biggest event in years for Duwamish Alive! Duwamish Alive! is a regional day of service that brings together hundreds of volunteers to more than a dozen sites throughout the Green-Duwamish Watershed to improve…

Jules teaching art to youth at Croft Place Townhomes, part of DNDA’s affordable housing program, in 2019.

Artist Spotlight: EcoArts with Jules Hepp

Before joining Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) as staff, Jules Hepp worked with us as a teaching artist throughout the coronavirus pandemic. To celebrate Jules’ one-year anniversary with DNDA as our environmental education coordinator, we want to look back at their time as a teaching artist for this month’s installment of “Artist Spotlight.” Jules followed…

NewHolly youth and head coach Elemo taking a break during soccer practice. Photo credit to Intercity Soccer League.

Smiles and Scores: Reflecting on fall soccer in NewHolly

When DNDA’s summer programs for youth started wrapping up earlier this year, our Art and Neighborhood teams were committed to keeping DNDA’s soccer program running for as long as the weather would allow. Our evening soccer program in NewHolly — part of DNDA’s Summer Youth Program (SYP) — was well-loved by the community, with strong…

Wine in the Woods hosted in garden in West Seattle.

Reflecting on Wine in the Woods 2023

A reflection dreamt and written by Mesha Florentino, DNDA’s Co-Executive Director of Housing & Finance. As the last echoes of laughter fade and the stars take their places in the night sky, we pause to reflect on an evening that we will forever hold close to our hearts — Wine in the Woods. The early…

Self-photo of Danitra Hunter.

Artist Spotlight: Self-Love Art Club with Danitra Hunter

DNDA works with talented artists from across Delridge and West Seattle, and we want to highlight them and their amazing work. So, welcome to a new series from DNDA – Artist Spotlight. We are honored to have one of DNDA’s newest teaching artists, Danitra Hunter, as our first spotlight. Danitra was one of our teaching…

Before (June 2023) and after (September 2023) photo of the Delridge Wetland Park project showing construction progress.

An Exciting Update on Our Delridge Wetland Park Project

We are beyond excited to announce that DNDA has finished major construction on our long-awaited Delridge Wetland Park project! Our primary contractor on the project, Titan Earthwork, wrapped up their work last week, and the site now has proper sidewalks, walking trails, and functional green stormwater infrastructure. In the coming months, we’ll be continuing to…


DNDA’s Summer Youth Program

We at DNDA are celebrating another successful and enriching experience with our Summer Youth Program (SYP). SYP offered expansive art, recreational, and educational programming at no cost to families living in the Seattle Housing Authority housing sites in the High Point, NewHolly, and Rainier Vista neighborhoods.  Longtime favorites such as cooking, soccer, EcoArts in the…