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

GROUNDSWELL NW JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER

Photo from My Ballard

Photo from My Ballard

The sunny weather we've all been waiting for is finally here! Whether you're heading to the spray park at Ballard Commons or taking in a late sunset at Golden Gardens, there is no shortage of opportunities to get outside. If you're looking to combine sunshine with a delicious pint of beer, we hope you will join us on July 27 at Reuben's Brews for what is becoming one of our favorite annual fundraisers.  For every pint/growler/set of three tasters you purchase between  11 a.m and 10 p.m., Reuben’s will donate $1 to Groundswell NW.  We're hoping to raise $500 this year, enough to fund a microgrant for a local project that supports neighborhood parks, open space and habitat. So come raise glass with us and support Groundswell NW!

Groundswell NW has been busy sprucing up for summer with a successful work party at the Sunset Hill - Shilshole Gateway and a clean up event with Seattle Clean Street Collective who was also a recent recipient of a Groundswell NW microgrant. Our microgrant program is a great opportunity for local groups who need a financial boost to tackle projects that will benefit neighborhood open space. If you have ideas for a local project that could be fully or partially funded with a microgrant, or if you just want to know more about the program, you can find information and an application by clicking HERE.  

Devon Shannon
GNW Board Member

Home Depot Community Impact Grants

Home Depot Community Impact Grants

The Home Depot Foundation offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.  The primary goal is to provide grants and volunteer opportunities to support the renovation, refurbishment, retrofitting, accessibility modifications, and/or weatherization of centers, schools, parks, community spaces and other similar facilities.

Deadline: Rolling basis until December 31, 2017. 

Click HERE for more information.  

GROUNDSWELL NW JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

There’s much for Groundswell NW to be thankful for this June. This year’s GiveBIG campaign brought in a record $3500 – many thanks to all our generous donors!

There were several Groundswell NW work parties in May – planting and cleaning up at Salmon Bay Natural Area and environs with Seattle Clean Street Collective: rain garden restoration and cleaning up on 14th Ave NW and more – thanks to our dedicated volunteers!

And a special thanks to Local Hero, former President and long-time board member David Folweiler, who is stepping down from the Board of Directors, but staying involved in Groundswell NW activities and as an advisor and mentor. David became involved with Groundswell NW as one of the leaders of the Ballard Corners Park project, skillfully steering that effort to create what has become an icon for both Groundswell NW and Ballard. He since has been a key contributor of several other Groundswell NW efforts, including leading the update of the Ballard Open Space Plan and administrating our Micro Grant Applicants.  Everlasting thanks for your passion and persistence!

While bidding a fond farewell to David’s efforts on the board, we also welcome a new board member, Susanne Daniell, and renew our call for others to join our ongoing efforts to empower NW Seattle to create, activate and care for parks, open space and habitat.

DAVID FOLWEILER, GNW Board Advisor

DAVID FOLWEILER, GNW Board Advisor

GROUNDSWELL NW MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER

Gemenskap Park - credit Mithun, Inc.

Gemenskap Park - credit Mithun, Inc.

Just like the mason bees getting busy this spring pollinating the flowers that grow in our gardens and parks, Groundswell NW has been busy spreading wealth and providing mentorship to our community partners. We are pleased to be awarding Seattle Clean Street Collective with a $500 Groundswell NW microgrant to support their stewardship of Seattle green spaces, like their upcoming May 20 event at Marvin's Garden and Salmon Bay Natural Area. Learn more...

In park news, we are very excited to announce that Gemenskap park, the soon to be newest park in Ballard, just went out for construction bid in April with plans to start construction this summer. Groundswell NW, in partnership with the East Ballard Community Association, has been advocating for over 10 years to successfully bring this unique park into reality. Learn more...

Like the bees, we are asking you to pollinate our grant and mentorship programs with a donation through the Seattle Foundation's May 10 GiveBIG 2017 campaign. Your donation will allow Groundswell NW to continue to support groups, like the Seattle Clean Street Collective and the East Ballard Community Association, who are making a meaningful difference in our community.

Beat the rush and schedule your donation to Groundswell NW today.

Lastly, we invite you to join the EBCA on May 20 for Adopt-A-Street clean up, rain garden restoration and Greenstreet anniversary celebration.  Get your hands dirty & join us for planting, coffee, treats & connection.