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Sat, Feb 7th, @8:00am - 05:00PM
Baker Park Clean Up event
Wed, Feb 11th, @9:30am - 11:30AM
Soundview Playfield Clean Up
Sat, Feb 14th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Golden Gardens Forest Restoration
Sat, Feb 21st, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Carkeek Stars Work Party
Sat, Feb 28th, @9:00am - 11:00AM
North Beach Natural Area Work Party

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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.

Community Solar on Phinney Ridge Sold Out Print E-mail

Seattle proponents of solar energy have snapped up all 2,671 units of community solar in the Phinney Ridge project, and helped put solar energy on the roof at the Phinney Neighborhood Association and at the Woodland Park Zoo. At nearly 75 kilowatts, the project is the largest community solar installation in the state of Washington.

Community solar is a way for individuals to invest in solar energy without putting it on their home. City Light customers can buy units, and once the system is running, will get payments each year until 2020 for their portion of the power produced by the system.

CBRA meeting on Seattle Parks - 11/13 at 7PM Print E-mail

The Central Ballard Residents Association  (CBRA) has invited Dan Johnson, Seattle Parks Division Director, and Patrick Merriam, acting North and Central West Parks Resource Manager, to speak at their monthly meeting this Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7pm. The  meeting will be held in the Ballard Swedish Hospital cafeteria conference room. All are welcome.

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
Show your support for the 14th Ave NW Park at City Council Dec 2 Print E-mail

City Council Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries, & Gender Pay Equity Committee Meeting
Tuesday Dec 2, 9:30 a.m.
City Hall Council Chamber, 600 4th Ave, 2nd floor

Please join the EBCA next Tuesday to show your support for the 14th Ave NW Park. Item 6 in the agenda for this City Council meeting will include a discussion and possible vote relating to transferring partial jurisdiction over a portion of 14th Ave NW between NW 59th and NW 61st from SDOT to the Parks Dept for neighborhood park purposes. The discussion will also be whether to approve re-allocation of funding in the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces levy from the acquisition category to development category for a Ballard Urban Village Park.

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.


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