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

GROUNDSWELL NW FEBRUARY 2018 NEWS

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

GROUNDSWELL NW JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

Dawn Hemminger (right)

 

Happy New Year Neighbors and Friends of Groundswell NW!

2018 brings some important changes to Groundswell NW's leadership.  First, Dawn Hemminger is stepping down as President after serving an extra year following her 2-year term. Prior to serving as President, Dawn served as Treasurer for several years in addition to being a leader of East Ballard Community Council and the Gemenskap Park project on 14th Ave NW, earning several times over her Local Hero recognition.

We are profoundly grateful for Dawn's immense contributions to Groundswell NW and the community over the years. We appreciate that she will continue to be involved in community projects and as an adviser to the Groundswell board.

The Groundswell board has appointed an interim Executive Committee to provide leadership as we explore leadership and organizational options going forward. Renee Dagseth will serve as Executive Director for Administration and Operations. Former president Dave Boyd will serve as Executive Director for Strategic Planning. Jan Satterthwaite will transition from Secretary to Executive Director for Communications. Dennis Galvin will continue to serve as Treasurer, and Devon Shannon will serve as Secretary during this interim period.

Our important work empowering NW Seattle communities to create, steward and activate neighborhood open spaces and habitat will continue as we look forward to new challenges and opportunities in 2018.

 

Dave Boyd
Executive Director for Strategic Planning, Groundswell NW


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