It felt a lot like summer here in May and our community looks especially green this year. A big THANKS to those who GAVE BIG green ($$) to Groundswell NW during this year's Seattle Foundation Giving Campaign!  The Seattle Foundation campaign ignites philanthropic giving to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.  We appreciate your continuing support of Groundswell NW.  

NW Seattle has been busy with many volunteer activities.  On Mother's Day, volunteers worked to spruce up the Salmon Bay Natural Area.  And Salmon Bay Park Stewards met to plan their first community picnic June 16 @ 4-6:30pm.  Randy Wiger from the Parks Commons Program attended to assist in funding and planning resources for music and games.  Everyone is invited to the picnic June 16th  — come out to play and support Salmon Bay Park!!

Gemenskap Park (pronounced Yuh-MEN-skawp), Swedish word for “community,” is close to becoming a reality.  This new park will provide open space for the Ballard neighborhood by converting two full blocks of 14th Ave. NW between NW 59th and NW 61st streets to a new green space. Keep an eye out on our Facebook posts for an official opening date.  

Susanne Danielle
Groundswell NW Board Member


 Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens Park

Happy Spring Groundswell Neighbors!

There have been some exciting changes happening in the hood lately.  Last month, Salmon Bay Park Stewards held their second meeting to discuss improvements to enhance enjoyment and safety in the park. The group learned about SPD resources and the Parks Commons Program.  Groundswell NW is supporting this group with a $500 micro-grant for publicity and start up materials. If you would like to participate with this group, the next planning meeting is May 8th, 7:30-8:30 at Mabel Coffee. Find more information about this meeting and other upcoming events CLICK HERE.  

And don't forget, May 9th is the eighth and FINAL GIVE BIG event sponsored by the Seattle Foundation.  You don't have to wait until May 9th, you can schedule your pledge early HERE.  Groundswell NW appreciates your continued support of our mission, to provide mentoring, awarding microgrants for start-up projects, providing fiscal sponsorship, and advocating for parks, open space and habitat in NW Seattle. We couldn’t do it without you!

Groundswell NW Board

Groundswell NW April 2018 News

 Salmon Bay Park

Salmon Bay Park


We often have funny weather in March and April — snow lightly dusts emerging daffodils.  But spring certainly has arrived and neighbors are out enjoying the fresh air in our parks and open
spaces.  A few noteworthy events  happening in NW Seattle:

  • Salmon Bay Park Stewards held their first meeting to discuss improvements to enhance enjoyment and safety in the park.  If you would like to participate with this group, the next meeting will be April 19 from 7-8:30PM at Mabel's coffee, and will focus on building a block watch. Find more information about this meeting and other upcoming events tap here.
  • Gemenskap Park construction is continuing, with completion anticipated in May 2018.
  • The Webster School Departures Advisory Committee met March 19 to review Seattle Public Schools' proposed redevelopment and their requested deviations from city regulations. This is typical for schools, which are usually in single-family zones, and include departures for building height, lot coverage, setbacks from single family parcels, parking and school bus loading. The school district is in the early planning phase and has not yet determined the type of school which would occupy this site. Groundswell NW weighed in on concerns about the impacts to Webster Park and opportunities for reciprocal community use of the proposed school play areas and gym. A second meeting of the committee is tentatively scheduled for April 30 - check this LINK for more info, and we will also be posting details as they become available.
 Webster School Departure (Rendering)

Webster School Departure (Rendering)

And don't forget GIVE BIG 2018--sponsored by the Seattle Foundation--is May 9.  Groundswell NW appreciates your continued support of our mission: to provide mentoring, awarding microgrants to start-up projects, providing fiscal sponsorship, and advocating for parks, open space and habitat in NW Seattle.  

Happy Spring!
Groundswell NW Board

Groundswell NW March 2018 Newsletter

Salmon Bay Park

Although creating new parks in NW Seattle is a big part of Groundswell NW’s mission, helping to activate and care for our parks after they’ve been built is where we can really make a difference.  This is why we are so thrilled to be mentoring the newly formed Salmon Bay Park Stewards (SBPS) who have come together to promote and facilitate safe, active community use of Salmon Bay Park. If you love Salmon Bay Park and want to ensure it remains a safe, beautiful, a vibrant space for all, we encourage you to attend their kickoff meeting at 6:30 pm on March 22, at Ballard Homestead(6541 Jones Ave NW). You can find more information about SBPS and its upcoming meetings and activities at this LINK OR email.

Dawn Hemminger
Groundswell NW Board Advisor


Winter is often a time to reflect and recommit yourself to neighborhood issues that matter.  In addition to several park & open space clean up parties, on January 17, 2018 Groundswell NW co-sponsored the 'Missing Link:  New Year, New Mayor, New Trail' event at Peddler Brewing.  Over 160 trail supporters came out on a cold, rainy night to send our new Mayor Jenny Durkan a strong message that there is strong community support to complete the Burke Gilman Trail. This week's welcome Hearing Examiner decision confirming the adequacy of the Missing Link Environmental Impact Statement clears the way to proceed with final design and construction, a move we urge the Mayor to make.

On January 30, 2018, several local non-profit organizations, including Groundswell NW, invited the public to 'Get Plugged Into Ballard' an informational event hosted at Stoup Brewing.  We met several new neighbors and look forward to including them in some spring projects.

Another announcement is the start of construction on Gemenskap Park last month.  This park is the culmination of over 12 years of community involvement and persistence. Thank-you to many neighbors in the East Ballard Community who have supported this project. If you’re new to the neighborhood and want to learn more about this park CLICK HERE.

Remember to make your voice heard by February 2, 2018 in the 'Your Voice, Your Choice-Seattle Parks and Streets Program!

Susanne Daniell
Groundswell NW Boardmember

 Gemenskap Park Rendering

Gemenskap Park Rendering