Summer is the perfect time to make improvements not only to your home but for our local wildlife habitat.  Private residential property, including apartments and condominiums, make up approximately one-third of the urban landscape and studies show that the impact of wildlife gardening is substantial to our wellness and local ecosystem (2018 NWF).  Help us reach our Northwest Seattle Community Wildlife Habitat Certification GOAL of 300 Certified Wildlife Habitats with the National Wildlife Federation!  Find out how you and your neighbors can certify your yard and help sustain beneficial wildlife in our community HERE. 

Other interesting happenings in NW Seattle include a meeting June 21st with the Green Infrastructure Partnership, Salmon-Safe and the Aurora Bridge Team to learn more about the Aurora Bridge Bioswale Project. The project is a series of rain garden/swales, separated by metal weir walls,  to mimic effects of a natural stream bed.  The goal is to prevent the death of endangered salmon in Lake Washington from toxic stormwater pollution.  

And speaking of summer gardening....are you looking to garden but don’t have the yard space to build your own? Join a Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program!  Plots are still available in several P-Patches throughout the city!  With your own P-Patch plot, you can grow fresh organic produce for yourself and your family while also supporting your community and learning gardening techniques from your neighbors.  Most plots are 100 square feet and cost $43.00 annually. Plot fee assistance is also available to help reduce or eliminate the cost of your annual fee. 

Check out upcoming summer events in NW Seattle:

  • East Ballard Community Association is sponsoring two summer events related to Gemenskap Park:  Crime Prevention Meeting - July 12 @ 6:30pm, St Alphonsus Family Center, 1415 NW 58th St, and Summer Clean Sweep -  July 14 @ 10am, Blowing Sands Glass, 5805 14th Ave NW.  For more information tap HERE
  • Salmon Bay Park Stewards hosts their first Community Movie Night August 17 @ 8pm. Their Monthly meeting and a Safety Walk will be July 11 @ 7:30pm at the picnic tables.


And a BIG THANKS to those who supported Groundswell via GIVE BIG 2018 and Amazon Smile.  Have a safe and joyous July 4!!!

Groundswell NW Board