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Notes from June 2023 RNA Meeting

Home of the Month

We are bringing back Home of the Month.  This award is our neighborhood's way of acknowledging Riverside neighbors who take pride in their homes and property.  Winners proudly display a sign in their yard for a whole month!

We need nominations Nominate yourself or a neighbor.  Make sure to include the address :)

Riverside News

  • National Night Out- Tuesday, August 1st at Garfield Park.  Free food, fun nad activities for the whole family

  • Everett Clean up Day- Was a great success.

  • We are looking for volunteers to lead and prepare  for Annual Garage Sale and new Board members.  Contact us here if you are interested in helping. Please include your phone number.

  • Do you like websites, facebook?  We are looking for a new Secretary.

City of Everett


Kay Barnes gave a presentation on unsing the Diversity wheel. 

WA state Legislative  Updates

  • Mary Fosse gave teh group detailed information on teh major legislation that passed this session including putting some money and resources behind dealing with the homeless and drug abuse issues affecting our state.  This legislation gives a more comprehensive approach that one cities can do on their own and prevents one city fixing an issue just to have it more to another city. 

City Council

  •  Mary Fosse gave us updates on the No sit, Lie ordinance and some information on legislation at the State level.   She will give more informaiton next month

Happy Holidays

Holiday Lighting Contest Winners 2022
Scroll to the right to see them all.!

Halloween Decorating Contest Winners
  • Best Overall- 2420 Chestnut

  • Best Theme- 2413 Chestnut

  • Best Daytime- 1914 McDougal

  • Best Nighttime- 2008 Chestnut

  • Best Scariest- 1918 Baker

  • Best Harvest- 2401 Chestnut

  • Best Block- 3000 Leonard

Help us support
Everett Recovery Cafe

Each year Riverside Neighbors select a non-profit to support and this year it is Everett Recovery Cafe. The mission of Everett Recovery Cafe  is to empower long-term transformation through human connection and a safe, healing community for those in recovery from the trauma of homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges.

Join us for an Auction on December 13th at 6:30 pn at Garfield Elementary to raise funds. 

Bring items to Auction off- suggestions include baskets of items, homemade goodies.

Some current auction items include:

  • Schack gift card

  • Zoo tickets

  • The Loft Coffe Bar gift Certificate

Bring cash or your check book to the meeting!  We will aslo take Venmo

Learn more about Everett Recovery Cafe by attending our December Neighborhood Meeting and Party!


Holiday Lighting Contest

Join in a Riverside tradition by decorating your home for the holidays.  Nominate yourself or a neighbor by clicking HERE.  Judging occurs on December 12th and winners announced on 12/14.  Below are the Categories and Rules


  • Best Decorated (3 winners)

  • Best Theme-Vintage Christmas

  • Best Wreath

  • Best Daytime

  • Best Blow up

  • Best  Decorated Tree (inside or outside)

  • Best Decorated Block

  • Best Decorated Business


  1. Open to Riverside residents only.

  2. Address numbers must be visible from the street day and night.

  3. Nominees are not allowed to win in the same category for 3 years. Don't let this discourage you from decorating. There are many categories and you can still help your block be a winner.

  4. Homes with decorations that have been left up from previous holidays will be ineligible for a prize, (except for white twinkle lights that are meant to use year round).

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Art in the Park

Why do we have the circle of dirt at Garfield Park?  Yes, there is a reason!  It is for a piece of art, our very own Riverside Story Pole.  Neighbors can participate.

 The Story Pole will portray Riverside’s rich industrial history from canoe and boats on the river, lumber mills, railroad and heavy industries all made out of scrap metal.  It will recognize the rich contributions of the people who worked to support these industries, where families were raised, food was grown, and neighbors gathered for recreation.

Call For Artist for Riverside Neighborhood Art Project

The Riverside Neighborhood in collaboration with the City of Everett is seeking an artist to design a free-standing Story Pole fabricated from scrap metal objects for Garfield Park located at 23rd street and Walnut Avenue. Everett WA 98201,

The Story Pole will portray the Riverside Neighborhood’s rich industrial history. The story begins with canoe and boat traffic on the Snohomish River, lumber mills once sited on its shores, the railroad that skirts the edge of our community, the heavy industries that employed and supported our citizens together with various modes of transportation from streetcars to airplanes. The Story Pole will recognize the extraordinary contributions of the people who worked to support these industries and improve their community. It will include places where families were raised, food was grown, and neighbors gathered for recreation.

A budget of $2500.00 has been designated for the design phase of the artwork. Additional funding for fabrication, engineering and installation of the artwork is anticipated to be available in the next fiscal year. Though not required, candidates who have the artistic and technical skills set to fabricate and install the Story Pole are encouraged to apply.

Funding for this project comes from a 2022 City of Everett Cultural Arts Grant awarded to the Riverside Neighborhood Association by the Cultural Arts Commission.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 31, 2022.  The application and more information can be found HERE.

Process for creating Story Pole

  • We have received a grant for this first phase which enables us to work with an artist on the design.

  • In order to create the design, we need some idea of scrap metal pieces people have lying around.  We also have contacted Public Works!

  • Once we have the design, we will seek more grant funding to actually build the art piece and have it installed.  

  • If you would like to Donate to help us complete this project, you can donate HERE.


Home of the Month

We are bringing back Home of the Month.  This award is our neighborhood's way of acknowledging Riverside neighbors who take pride in their homes and property.  Winners proudly display a sign in their yard for a whole month!

We need nominations.  Make sure to include the address :)

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Riverside News:  

  • Board Nominations- any neighbor can run.  Read more about the positions here. So far we have the following:

    • Chair- Rolf Vitous​

    • Secretary- Pamela Lynn

    • Treasurer- Scott Bader

  • Art in the Park- We need some materials. READ MORE

  • Garfield Park Celebration- Sat. May 14th- discussed.

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National Night Out

We need volunteers to plan this event.  We need ideas, people to reach out to arrange for people to help.  Lots of fun.  

Join our planning meeting Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00 pm via zoom

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City Council Report

  • Decreasing speed limit on Evergreen Way to address fatal collisions

  • Red light cameras out to bid

  • Replacing HVAC at main library

  • Sorticulture returning in downtown June 10-12

  • Approved incentives for hiring Police Officers

Holiday Lighting Contest Winners

See section below pictures for full listing.  Hover over image to see address.