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Groundswell NW Events

Sat, Nov 1st, @9:00am - 02:00PM
Work Party at Ballard Corners Park

Other Events

Thu, Oct 30th, @6:00pm - 07:30PM
Get RainWise - Free Workshop
Thu, Nov 6th, @5:30am - 07:30PM
Ballard Urban Design Framework Open House 2

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Welcome to Groundswell NW Print E-mail

For more than two decades, Groundswell NW has accomplished major goals for community parks and habitat. Yes, Groundswell NW is about PROJECTS, lots of individual projects (neighborhood parks, tot lots, playfields, pocket parks, p-patches, streetscapes, traffic circles, greenbelts, salmon habitat and a lot more) that improve our quality of life. Projects don't just happen. These improvements to the places where we live, work and play come from PEOPLE in the community. People step forward with ideas and get together with neighbors and coworkers. They ask for help and resources from government and business. People work together to get projects done.

Good things happen when people PARTICIPATE in their communities. Whether you are just starting or have been involved in community activities a long time, there is a place for you in Groundswell NW.

Click here to view our 2012 Annual Report.

Ballard Urban Design Framework - Open House 2 - 11/6 at 5:30 Print E-mail

Building Character, Streetscape and Open Space

November 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Ballard Library

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is working with neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF will establish the desired design qualities for the central Ballard area, and examine how development regulations can better shape growth in ways that reflect those qualities.

UDF Focus Area Map

At a public meeting this last May, the community expressed their views on the character of growth in the Ballard core. The community overwhelmingly loves that Ballard is a beautiful, walkable neighborhood where one can visit the great variety of shops, restaurants and parks.

However, the community is also concerned that a number of recent high-density projects being built in the area do not contribute Ballard's character. DPD and the Ballard Partnership's Urban Design and Transportation Committee have worked since May, to define responses to this central issue.

On Thursday, November 6, from 5:30 – 7:30, at the Ballard Library, DPD will present the initial strategies to better guide development in the Ballard core. Our strategies address the bulk and character of development, streetscape design, and public/private open space within the areas shown in orange below.

Visit DPD's website to get information about this upcoming meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can also sign up to receive updates and an invitation to participate in a questionnaire about our proposals.

You can also contact David W. Goldberg at 206.615.1447, or davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov

New Open Space in Ballard! Print E-mail

A new open space opportunity has emerged as the result of a new Greenway being proposed for 17th Ave NW.  The Greenway will connect from 17th Ave NW to Ballard Ave via Dock Place.  Where the Greenway turns at that overly large and confusing intersection, SDOT is proposing a realignment of the traffic along 17th that would create some new open space.  We would love to hear what you'd like to see there.  A plaza with trees and benches?  Giant chess board?  Art on the pavement?

17th and Dock open space plan view





Vote Yes for Parks! Print E-mail

Ballots have been mailed.  Please vote yes on Prop. 1 to create a long-term, sustainable funding solution for Parks in Seattle!

● Seattle has one of the great park systems in America. Our parks contribute so much to our quality of life and provide programs and services for people across our city at all age and income levels.

● Our parks make each neighborhood special and Seattle a great place to live.

● There is a $267 million major maintenance backlog for our parks. Right now, many of our community centers are open only 25 hours a week. We can do better.

● All this critical work will cost the owner of a $400,000 home $4 a month more than the expiring parks levy.

Open Space is an Asset - Please Help Us Find It! Print E-mail

Hey you lovers of parks and open space!

We are developing the Ballard Open Space Plan. This plan will drive open space planning for many years to come. It is absolutely critical that it be as complete as possible!

We really need your help. We are asking you to do two things for us:

1. Fill out this survey about open space in the Ballard District. We really want to know what you think. It'll just take a few minutes. http://ballardopenspaceplan.org/survey

2. Help walk you neighborhood to inventory both existing and potential open space. No one knows your neighborhood like you do. Use a smartphone app to add items to the Ballard Open Space Plan. http://ballardopenspaceplan.org/help-us-discover-open-space/smartphone-app/ Anyone and everyone is asked to help. No special skills are needed. See a vacant lot, extra wide planting strip, right of way, or anything else that could become open space to share - add it to the inventory!

Here's what we have so far.  Notice how many neighborhoods (and perhaps yours) have yet to be inventoried. The clumps of trees are new inventory items.  The orange circles are items from the 1996 inventory.

BOSP map - 2014.07.03


Ballot Issue Forums Print E-mail

There are two upcoming forums for discussing the large number of ballot measures on this year's ballot.

At the Sunset Hill Community Association, there will be a forum on 22 Oct 14 at 7 PM.

Northwest Seattle Neighborhoods will hold their forum the night before on 21 Oct 14 at 7 PM at the Taproot Theatre.  The 36th District candidates have also been invited.

Trees for Neighborhoods Print E-mail

The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods planted over 4,000 trees in yards and along streets. That's 4,000 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, our neighborhoods healthier, and our children inspired. Join the movement—plant a tree this year!

Applications are being accepted starting 8/4 at 10 AM here.

Plant Wonder

Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:

  • Free trees (up to 4 per household). We offer a variety of small, medium, and large trees appropriate under power lines, along the street, and in the yard. Check out this year's available trees
  • A watering bag for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as pruning
Play Streets! Print E-mail

What if you could transform your street into a place for kids to safely play?  Even if it's just for a few hours each week?  That would be cool, wouldn't it?

Seattle's Department of Transportation (SDoT) is making this happen.  You can be part of it!

Look here for more info.


Have a Say About Your Waterway Print E-mail


Millions of gallons of raw sewage and polluted runoff overflow into Seattle waterways every year. Seattle Public Utilities is working to protect our lakes, creeks, bays, and the Duwamish River by preventing these overflows.

The draft Plan to Protect Seattle's Waterways is ready for your review. Find out more at www.seattle.gov/cso or come to an open house and public hearing on the draft plan on Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. at the Lake Washington Rowing Club, 910 N. Northlake Way, Seattle.

Seattle Public Utilities encourages the public, interested agencies, and Tribal governments to review and comment on the Plan, proposed alternatives, and potential impacts. Thank you for helping to protect our waters.

Here is a direct link to the Community Guide to the Integrated Plan.

SPU wants your feedback.  Send it here:

Please submit DEIS comments by June 30, 2014 to:

  • Betty Meyer
    SPU SEPA Responsible Official
    Seattle Public Utilities
    Seattle Municipal Tower, Suite 4900
    PO Box 34018
    Seattle, WA 98124-4018

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