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Groundswell NW Events

Tue, Mar 24th, @6:00pm - 08:00PM
Groundswell NW Annual Meeting & Civic Social
Sat, Mar 28th, @9:00am - 02:00PM
Ballard Corners Park Work Party

Other Events

Wed, Mar 11th, @9:30am - 11:30AM
Soundview Playfield Clean Up
Thu, Mar 12th, @6:30pm - 08:00PM
Loyal Heights Elementary Expansion Plans
Sat, Mar 14th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Golden Gardens Forest Restoration
Sat, Mar 14th, @1:00pm - 03:00PM
15th Ave NW Street Clean Up
Sat, Mar 21st, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Carkeek S.T.A.R.S Work Party
Sat, Mar 28th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Friends of North Beach Park Work Party
Sat, Apr 4th, @9:30am - 12:30PM
Seattle Parks Natural Area and Greenbelt Mini-Summit
Sat, Apr 4th, @9:30am - 12:30PM
Natural Areas & Greenbelts Mini-Summit

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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 2014 Annual Report.

Create a Parklet and Streatery! Print E-mail

After a successful year-and-a-half long pilot, the Parklet Program is now a permanent program! This means that Seattle businesses and community groups have even more opportunities to enhance our streets with public spaces.

As part of this launch, Seattle is also rolling out a brand-new approach to activating our streets: the Streateries Pilot Program. What’s a “streatery” you ask? Streateries combine the best features of a parklet and a sidewalk café by allowing a restaurant, café, or bar to use a parking space to create outdoor seating for their customers during business hours (like a café) and for the public during non-business hours (like a parklet).

Application packages for parklets and streateries are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20. See Seattle.gov for more information.

A CSO Fix Offers an Open Space Opportunity! Print E-mail

Seatte Public Utilities is moving forward with a plan to store large amounts of stormwater and raw sewage along the ship canal during rainstorms to prevent raw sewage from entering the waterway (Combined Sewage Overflow) in violation of the Clean Water Act.

On 17 Feb 15, Seattle City Council voted (CB 118307 and CB 118308) to give authority to acquire property on the east side of the foot of 24th Ave NW by negotiation or condemnation.  This includes the property that contains the now defunct Yankee Diner.

We think this could be a fabulous open space opportunity.  If SPU builds a storage facility in this location, it could be underground, allowing the surface to become open space that helps to reconnect Ballard to its waterfront.  Imagine being able to stroll to the waterfront and relax in a new park overlooking Salmon Bay.

Seattle Parks wants Your Input on Natural Areas Print E-mail

Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to hear your views on Natural Areas and Greenbelts. NW Seattle has natural areas large and small, from large parts of Golden Gardens and Carkeek Parks, to the Sunset Hill Greenbelt to Salmon Bay Natural Area, to name a few. Give your perspecitives on a range of questions, including:

• What are your top priorities for Seattle's Natural Areas and Greenbelts?

• What would be your top action items to support Seattle Natural Areas and Greenbelt priorities?

• What additional restoration or habitat goals should we consider?

• How do we balance the growing need for recreation opportunities with protecting environmental resources?

• What unique educational and recreational opportunities do Natural Areas/Greenbelts provide in a dense urban setting?

• Tell us the name of your favorite Seattle Natural Area or Greenbelt and what you value most about it.

Join the discussion here: http://seattleparkswa.mindmixer.com/

Important dates:
April 4: Natural Areas and Greenbelt Mini Summit, find details here.
April 8: All questions will close for comment on April 8.

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.

Ballard Open Space Plan Final Report Print E-mail

Our consultant Site Story has finished our final report and it is now available to the public and all interested parties.  We have evaluated the neighborhood's needs and inventoried available spaces.  It's all available here:

Ballard Open Space Plan 2014 Update

For those of you who want to pour through the individual data points, there is a large Excel spreadsheet here:


We hope to have GIS data online soon and are working on it.  Look for it shortly.

Help Save Playspace at Loyal Heights Elementary Print E-mail

A group of Loyal Heights Elementary parents is working to save more open playspace as the school is remodeled and expanded. They have a webpage here, and are circulating an online petition here. They encourage all from the neighborhood who care about preserving open space to attend a public meeting at the school 6:30-8pm on March 12.

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.

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


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