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Groundswell NW Events

Tue, Mar 24th, @6:00pm - 08:00PM
Groundswell NW Annual Meeting & Civic Social
Sat, Mar 28th, @9:00am - 02:00PM
Ballard Corners Park Work Party

Other Events

Wed, Mar 11th, @9:30am - 11:30AM
Soundview Playfield Clean Up
Thu, Mar 12th, @6:30pm - 08:00PM
Loyal Heights Elementary Expansion Plans
Sat, Mar 14th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Golden Gardens Forest Restoration
Sat, Mar 14th, @1:00pm - 03:00PM
15th Ave NW Street Clean Up
Sat, Mar 21st, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Carkeek S.T.A.R.S Work Party
Sat, Mar 28th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Friends of North Beach Park Work Party
Sat, Apr 4th, @9:30am - 12:30PM
Seattle Parks Natural Area and Greenbelt Mini-Summit
Sat, Apr 4th, @9:30am - 12:30PM
Natural Areas & Greenbelts Mini-Summit

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Take a more active role in your community by supporting the work of Groundswell NW! Please become a 2011 Groundswell NW member. Simply print out this membership form and mail it with your tax-deductible contribution today or click on the "Make A Donation" button on this page to contribute online! Thank you very much to the people who have already made a generous contribution.

Board Member Search

Groundswell NW is seeking new board members, committed to making NW Seattle a greener, more livable community. We could use positive, creative individuals with skill in a number of areas, including database management, compiling our e-newsletter, law, real estate, marketing and community organizing. In particular, we are seeking a person who has the skills and energy to help with the duties of treasurer. Please contact David Folweiler, (206) 714-4271.
Groundswell NW Awards Microgrant to Ballard Boys & Girls Club for New Gardens Print E-mail

Ballard Boys & Girls Club Board Member Mike Peacore approached us recently with an idea - starting gardens for the kids attending the Club. He wants the kids to have the experience of nurturing plants and seeing where our food comes from.  We were very supportive of his application for our microgrant.  We awarded the Club $500 to help start a program for the kids at the Club.  We are excited to partner with them to give our newest generation the opportunity to experience gardening first hand.

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Groundswell NW Awards Microgrant to Save Our Substations Print E-mail

We had two new microgrant applications recently. One was from Save Our Substations - an effort headed by Cass Turnbull of Plant Amnesty. Her hope is to keep Seattle City Light's surplus substations from being diverted to private us. She envisions keeping the properties in the public domain to use as open space. We worked with our neighbors to turn a surplus substation and an adjacent property into 6th Ave NW Pocket Park

We loved her proposal and awarded her $500 for her efforts!  

Do you have a dream about open space? Consider applying for our microgrant - it's an easy process. If you are aligned with our mission of creating parks habitat & community in NW Seattle, we would love to support you.

Ballard Urban Design Open House on May 7th Print E-mail

From DPD - 

Urban design

Over the past decade, Ballard has seen significant changes from the “sleepy” neighborhood it once was. The area has become denser as it became attractive to younger people and to families with children. At the same time, the job market has changed, but job growth has not kept up with the population growth.

We are partnering with the community on a coordinated and strategic planning effort to address these changes and help create a vision that will shape growth and guide new development in Ballard.

SDOT Parklet Program Print E-mail

"Parks in parking spaces? That’s right, and they’re in Seattle!

"Parklets convert on-street parking spots into public spaces for all Seattleites to enjoy. They are a cost-effective tool for increasing our city’s public open space, and have added to the vitality of neighborhoods around the world."

Want to know more?  Put in an application for a parklet?  Click here.


Pedestrian Zone Mapping Project Print E-mail

From DPD: The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) would like your input on the Pedestrian Zone Mapping Project (pedestrian retail areas). The City Council has asked DPD to study a variety of areas around the city to promote more walkable neighborhood business districts. This would involve adding a pedestrian designation to existing Neighborhood Commercial Zones. We are also considering modifications to the existing regulations that would apply to existing and new pedestrian zones.

Pedestrian zones are important because they provide locations for businesses that serve neighborhood residents' daily needs. They play a key role in creating safe neighborhoods where you would want to live, work, and shop. A pedestrian zone designation is intended to protect an existing pedestrian-oriented retail district, or encourage the development of a new district.

Ballard Open Space Plan Open House - Thursday, 29 May 14 at 6 PM Print E-mail

You are invited to our Open House on Thursday, May 29th at 6:00 PM in the Ballard Library.  We want to improve the quality of life and livability of Ballard.  Come hear about the Open Space Plan and how you can be involved.  We will be collecting your ideas and thoughts about open space in Ballard and what you'd like to see in the future.  Please come and tell us what open space means to you...

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Mayor Ed Murray Speaks at Groundswell NW Annual Meeting Print E-mail

Groundswell NW thanks Seattle Mayor Ed Murray for being the featured speaker at our Annual Meeting on April 8. We had a lively discussion about the future of the Parks Department, including the possibility of a Metropolitan Parks District, as well as other important topics like the Missing Link and Neighborhood Greenways. 


We presented "Local Hero" awards to Jennifer Litowski and Ballard Greenways for their work to creat safe routes to bike and walk in the neighborhood, and to Luke McGuff and the Friends of North Beach Park for their work to restore this neighborhood habitat area. Offiders for the next year were elected: President David Folweiler, Treasurer Frana Milan and Secretary Jan Satterthwaite. GNW activities for the coming year were highlighted, notably the update of the Ballard Open Space Plan. 

Many thanks to the Ballard Landmark for hosting!

Plan for Ballard's Growth Print E-mail

Ballard is growing like crazy! Seattle's Department of Planning and Development is creating a Urban Design Framework (UDF) to guide Ballard's growth.


They have issued an Existing Conditions Report. If you want to know how the city will be guiding further growth in Ballard, be sure to sign up for updates on the right side of the page.

Request for Proposals - Ballard Open Space Plan Print E-mail


Groundswell NW is actively seeking proposals for updating the Ballard District Open Space Plan.  

The complete RFP can be found here.  Proposals are due by 5:00 PM, Mon. Feb. 3rd.  Questions can be directed to David Folweiler at david@folweiler.com.  

The old Ballard Open Space Inventory & Action Plan is here.

Questions and answers will be posted here:

20 Jan 14

Question 1.   ...the RFP has two deadlines:  page 1  shows a February 3rd deadline, while page 5 shows a February 5th deadline. Which is correct?  


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