GROUNDSWELL NW 2017 DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW 2017 DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

2017 Fall East Ballard Community Association clean-up day @ Gemenskap Park

2017 Fall East Ballard Community Association clean-up day @ Gemenskap Park

November brought some stormy weather along with beautiful autumn days this year.  Northwest Seattle friends and neighbors came out to perform maintenance on Ballard Corners,  14th Avenue (future Gemenskap Park), Carkeek, Golden Gardens and many other parks - thank you!  This is a perfect time of year to see local wildlife preparing for winter months while enjoying remaining color in the landscape.  Look for additional opportunities to get out in the coming winter months by visiting our event calendar or Facebook page

Also in the news, Seattle City Light held two public meetings in November to address the disposition of seven City Light substations in our area.   Extensive public comments were received at the meetings, including those in support of retaining these parcels as open space or parks. Groundswell NW continues to follow the progress of the substations, advocating on behalf of retaining these valuable spaces for public use, and responding to opportunities for public input.  Click here to view our recent comment and analysis letter.

Wishing you and all our neighbors have a wonderful holiday season!

 

Susanne Daniell
Groundswell NW Board Member

GROUNDSWELL NW NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Groundswell NW and the broader Ballard / Crown Hill community have identified unused City Light substations as opportunities for community use for over 20 years. Now Seattle City Light has begun the process to sell seven NW Seattle substation properties (more info at www.seattle.gov/light/surplus). 

Groundswell NW, the Seattle Green Spaces Coalition and Sunset Hill Community Association co-sponsored a community meeting on October 18 to hear from City Light about their plans and let them know about neighborhood concerns and goals (see video of the meeting here). Councilmember Mike O'Brien and representatives from Seattle Parks and Department of Neighborhoods also participated.

City Light will hold a community information meeting at 7pm on Monday November 6 and a public hearing at 7pm on Thursday November 16, both at the Ballard First Lutheran Church, 2006 NW 65th St. If you are interested in community use for any of these properties, please attend and spread the word! If you are unable to attend either of these events, then please consider providing your comments to SCL_RealProperty@seattle.gov before the Nov 17 deadline.

Dave Boyd
Groundswell NW Board Member

GROUNDSWELL NW OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

Groundswell NW Board Member Devon Shannon at Sustainable Ballard Festival, 2017

Groundswell NW Board Member Devon Shannon at Sustainable Ballard Festival, 2017

Hope you are all enjoying the Fall weather!

We had a great turnout for our booth at the Sustainable Ballard Festival this year. The DIY Habitat House hands-on activity was a huge hit! Couldn’t make it to our booth? Read about it here and click here for instructions on making one yourself.

Seattle City Light proposes to sell some of its surplus substation parcels in Northwest Seattle. Some of these parcels could become much needed parks and open space. Join Groundswell NW and the Sunset Hill Community Association for a City Light presentation on the proposal, Oct 18, 7 PM, 3003 NW 66th St. Here's a link to the City's page, www.seattle.gov/light/surplus , and the list of proposed sites in NW Seattle:

9407 19th Ave NW (North Beach)
7750 28th Ave NW (Loyal Heights)
3209 NW 65th St (Sunset)
6730 24th Ave NW (Ballard)
1407 NW 65th St (Monroe)
1414 NW Leary (Leary)
6109 Phinney Ave N (Phinney)

Dennis Galvin
Groundswell NW Treasurer

GROUNDSWELL NW SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

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This last week I had the honor of working with the amazing Thyme Patch Park P-Patch Crew clearing out blackberries to expose the sidewalk along NW 57th on the vacant lot just south of the Thyme Patch P-Patch. They received a generous $1,000 donation from the owner and permission to clean up the space to use for community purposes until final disposition of the land is determined. As fiscal sponsor for Thyme Patch, Groundswell NW will proudly continue to work side by side to support this great bunch of neighbors in transforming this space into a community gem!

Speaking of community gems, Groundswell NW's flagship, Webster Park, is in the news relating to plans for Seattle Public Schools to renovate and expand Webster School (currently leased to Nordic Heritage Museum). In the early '90s, Groundswell NW's founder, Lillian Riley, had the vision to create a community park on the west side of the Webster School site. Thanks to her leadership, Groundswell NW convinced Seattle Parks to lease the west section of the Webster School lot for a neighborhood park in 1994. Groundswell NW then raised the funds necessary to design and develop the park, leading to Seattle Parks purchasing the Webster Park property from Seattle Schools in 2009. This was visionary, because, now that Webster School will be reopening, the park should be left as is, although there may be some access limits during school hours. Check out our Sep 21 event on our calendar for information on reviewing and providing comments to Seattle Schools before the deadline.

Coming up next on our calendar is an event you must not miss! Sept 9 at 1:30pm marks our first ever Groundswell NW Parks and Projects Walking Tour as part of our participation in the l4th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival. Join us at the Groundswell NW booth during the festival and build a habitat home to take home with you and then at 1:30pm, embark with our veteran board member, Dave Boyd, on a stroll through Groundswell NW supported parks and projects in Ballard. Tell your friends and bring the kids! 

GROUNDSWELL NW AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER

Hope you are all enjoying the fabulous summer weather. It’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the open space in the neighborhood. Whether visiting the tide pools at Carkeek Park, watching the eagles and hawks soar over North Beach Ravine, enjoying the beach at Golden Gardens, dropping by Ballard Corners Park or Salmon Bay Natural Area, opportunities abound. 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks, and it’s a great time to visit. On a recent trip to the Locks, I enjoyed the sight of Belted Kingfishers, the barks and antics of Harbor Seals, the raucous commotion of Great Blue Herons feeding their soon to fledge chicks, salmon jumping in the fish ladder, watching children roll down the hill slope, and the spectacle of large and small boats crowding the large lock chamber on their way to the fresh water of Lake Washington. It reminds me that open space and commercial activity can coexist. 

In Groundswell NW news, we had a great turnout for our fundraiser at Reuben’s Brews in Ballard last Thursday. Lots of fun seeing friends and Groundswell NW supporters there. In case you missed the opportunity, you can always support us by making a tax deductible donation on our website and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events in August!

Dennis Galvin
Groundswell NW Board Member