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Groundswell NW Events

Sat, Apr 19th, @10:00am - 01:00PM
EBCA Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW

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Sat, Apr 26th, @11:00am - 05:00PM
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Take a more active role in your community by supporting the work of Groundswell NW! Please become a 2011 Groundswell NW member. Simply print out this membership form and mail it with your tax-deductible contribution today or click on the "Make A Donation" button on this page to contribute online! Thank you very much to the people who have already made a generous contribution.

Board Member Search

Groundswell NW is seeking new board members, committed to making NW Seattle a greener, more livable community. We could use positive, creative individuals with skill in a number of areas, including database management, compiling our e-newsletter, law, real estate, marketing and community organizing. In particular, we are seeking a person who has the skills and energy to help with the duties of treasurer. Please contact David Folweiler, (206) 714-4271.
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.

Mayor Ed Murray to Speak at Groundswell NW Annual Meeting Print E-mail

Join Groundswell NW and our partner organizations and members at our annual meeting, which will feature guest speaker Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. We'll have a lively discussion about the future of the Parks Department, including the possibility of a Metropolitan Parks District, as well as other important topics like the Missing Link and Neighborhood Greenways. 


We'll also present our "Local Heroes" awards and talk about GNW activities like the update of the Ballard Open Space Plan. 

In true Groundswell NW fashion, this is a dessert potluck, so feel free to bring a tasty treat to share!

See you there on Tuesday, 8 Apr 14, 7 PM at Ballard Landmark, 5433 Leary Avenue NW.

Plan for Ballard's Growth Print E-mail

Ballard is growing like crazy! Seattle's Department of Planning and Development is creating a Urban Design Framework (UDF) to guide Ballard's growth.


They have issued an Existing Conditions Report. If you want to know how the city will be guiding further growth in Ballard, be sure to sign up for updates on the right side of the page.

Request for Proposals - Ballard Open Space Plan Print E-mail


Groundswell NW is actively seeking proposals for updating the Ballard District Open Space Plan.  

The complete RFP can be found here.  Proposals are due by 5:00 PM, Mon. Feb. 3rd.  Questions can be directed to David Folweiler at david@folweiler.com.  

The old Ballard Open Space Inventory & Action Plan is here.

Questions and answers will be posted here:

20 Jan 14

Question 1.   ...the RFP has two deadlines:  page 1  shows a February 3rd deadline, while page 5 shows a February 5th deadline. Which is correct?  

Groundswell NW awarded $25,000 from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for open space plan Print E-mail

Groundswell NW recently received notification from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods that it has been awarded a Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund grant in the amount of $25,000. The grant, which will be matched by some $30,000 in volunteer labor and in-kind and cash donations, will fund Groundswell NW’s initiative to update its 1990s open space inventory.

SDOT Parklet Program Print E-mail

"Parks in parking spaces? That’s right, and they’re in Seattle!

"Parklets convert on-street parking spots into public spaces for all Seattleites to enjoy. They are a cost-effective tool for increasing our city’s public open space, and have added to the vitality of neighborhoods around the world."

Want to know more?  Put in an application for a parklet?  Click here.


Pedestrian Zone Mapping Project Print E-mail

From DPD: The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) would like your input on the Pedestrian Zone Mapping Project (pedestrian retail areas). The City Council has asked DPD to study a variety of areas around the city to promote more walkable neighborhood business districts. This would involve adding a pedestrian designation to existing Neighborhood Commercial Zones. We are also considering modifications to the existing regulations that would apply to existing and new pedestrian zones.

Pedestrian zones are important because they provide locations for businesses that serve neighborhood residents' daily needs. They play a key role in creating safe neighborhoods where you would want to live, work, and shop. A pedestrian zone designation is intended to protect an existing pedestrian-oriented retail district, or encourage the development of a new district.

Dates announced for Neighborhood Matching Fund opportunities to support community-initiated projects Print E-mail
On December 17,  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods announced the Neighborhood Matching Fund opportunities for 2014. All three funding programs of the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) – Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund – support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities.
The NMF program has staff to advise community groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Community members are strongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov.
Sound Transit Long Range Plan Update Print E-mail

Seattle’s Transit Master Plan has been guiding the work at the City level to invest in high capacity transit – transit that is frequent, reliable, and serves a high number of passengers.

Mayor McGinn has worked to accelerate planning for each high capacity route identified in the plan. Additionally, he advocated for partnering with Sound Transit to accelerate study of the Downtown to Ballard rail corridor, which got underway at the end of 2012.


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