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Become a Groundswell NW Member!

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.

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.


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


The Summer 2014 Ballard Pop-Up Food Garden Project Print E-mail

Chef David Wynne, Director of Culinary at the Art Institute of Seattle and Ballard resident of 18 years is seeking out volunteer food gardens within the Ballard, East Ballard neighborhood for the first annual Food Pop-Up Garden Project for the 2014 season.

Chef Wynne and his team of culinary students are preparing to execute a multiple series of seasonal yard to table educational cooking projects to better connect the people of our community closer to their seasonal food garden produce.

His team will provide hands on food demos at garden locations illustrating cool, fresh ideas to better utilize all the food produced in your family yard “truck gardens.”

Our summer pop-up project will also be facilitated by a documentary project executed by Art Institute students in the Digital Video Department.

For interested participants please contact David Barnes at newdavidbarnes@hotmail.com.

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.

Heaven & Earth VI: As Above, So Below Print E-mail

In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has orchestrated an exhibition of temporary artwork in the forest of Carkeek Park for the sixth consecutive year, from July 12, 2014 - October 20.

Opening Reception with artists in attendance is 2-5pm, Saturday, July 12 at the Environmental Learning Center, 1000 Carkeek Park Road, Seattle WA 98177.

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
Discovery Day – Saturday, June 14th at Ballard Commons Park – 10 AM Print E-mail

Walk with Groundswell NW towards Ballard’s future on Saturday, June 14th in Ballard Commons Park at 10 AM. Join friends and neighbors for an inspirational urban adventure to consider the future of open space and discover other place making ideas in Ballard.

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In an effort to build upon the 1996 Open Space Plan, Groundswell NW volunteers will inventory the existing assets and potential new assets for additional parks and open space in Ballard. Walking groups will be organized by neighborhood. Meet and work with your Neighborhood Open Space Captain and walk together to tell us what you think about open space.

You can use this flyer to pass the word along to friends and neighbors. We hope to see you there!

More information about the Ballard Open Space Plan is at our sister website.


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