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