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Sat, Sep 20th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Carkeek Stars Work Party
Sat, Sep 27th, @10:00am - 03:00PM
North Beach Natural Area Work Party
Sun, Sep 28th, @11:00am - 06:00PM
Sustainable Ballard Festival!

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Become a Groundswell NW Member!

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.
You all GaveBIG to Groundswell NW! Print E-mail

Give BigFor the fourth year, Groundswell NW was honored to participate in The Seattle Foundation's GiveBig campaign, a 24-hour community-wide charitable giving extravaganza on May 6.  Over a dozen Groundswell NW supported gave a total of nearly $1500!

All contributions to Groundswell NW were matched proportionally during this 24 hour period – in other words, the more friends and supporters like you give to Groundswell NW, the more The Seattle Foundation stretched those gifts from their own GiveBIG pool, increasing the impact of every donation made on May 6.

Protecting Seattle's Waterways Print E-mail

We were fortunate to have Kevin Buckley of Seattle Public Utilities come to our monthly board meeting.  He presented us with a booklet entitled "Protecting Seattle's Waterways".  It outlines alternatives and plans to prevent untreated sewage and stormwater from poluting our treasured waters.  I encourage people to look at it.

We spoke about working together.  If they implement roadside (or other) raingardens, perhaps they could be designed to serve as green space for Seattleites.  For example, if 17th Ave NW or 14th Ave NW were to be lined with raingardens, they could form a true greenway from upper Ballard to the Ship Canal.

Ballard median strip

photo by MyBallard.com

Groundswell NW Awards its Second Microgrant Print E-mail

Groundswell NW awarded its second microgrant recently to support a new park on NW 65th St at 7th Ave NW on the former site of Nick's Motors.  The Friends of NW 65th have sumitted an application to the Seattle Parks Department for acquiring the property using funds from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund.  They will use the money to produce materials for the Open House at the Northgate Community Center and develop a coherent strategy for persuing the acquisition funding.  The family of the former owner is in support of creating a park in this space and has pledged financial support for ongoing maintenance.


nw 65th park graffiti

Friends of North Beach Work Party Print E-mail

Luke McGuff, the first applicant and first grantee of our microgrant program, led a work party at North Beach Park.  I (David Folweiler) was lucky enough to attend.  Here are a few pictures.  According to Luke, we put 148 native plants into the ground.  Luke has more here.

According to Luke:

"The work party at North Beach Park on the 24th was directed to planting. We had 148 plants to get into the ground, in three different locations, and in a number of microenvironments, from perennial wetland (wet all the time) to upland slopes.

Groundswell NW Awards its First Microgrant! Print E-mail
Just two weeks after announcing our new microgrant program, we have awarded $500 to Luke McGuff of the Friends of North Beach Park! He will use the money to do outreach to the neighbors and to purchase tools to use at the weekly and monthly work parties.

Congratulations, Luke! We support your work and look forward to helping with North Beach Park well into the future.
Annual Meeting Inspiration and Recognition Print E-mail

Groundswell NW thanks all who attended our 2013 Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 7 at the Sunset Hill Community Club. Featured speakers included Pomegranate Center founder Milenko Matanovic, and East Ballard Community Association leader Dawn Hemminger, who gave inspirational presentations on creating parks and community spaces.

In addition to a question-and-answer with the two speakers, Groundswell NW presented its annual “Local Heroes” awards, which recognize fellow Ballardites’ efforts to create and enhance parks, public spaces, and habitat in our community. The Friends of Kirke Park were recognized for their wildly successful efforts to create Ballard's newest community park. Candace Jarrett was lauded for her "beyond the call of duty" efforts to improve the Sunset Hill - Shilshole Gateway. And while he wasn't able to attend the annual meeting, Rob Mattson was recognized there and at the April 10 Ballard District Council meeting for being the "man behind the curtain," helping Groundswell and other groups and citizen's negotiate the City bureaucracy and build community in Ballard for many years (see this Ballard News Tribune article).

We also elected our slated of officers for the coming year: President David Folweiler, Vice President Frana Milan, Secretary Jan Satterthwaite and Treasurer Matt Hutchins.

Kirke Park Gets Grant for Trellis Print E-mail

Already a new neighborhood favorite, Kirke Park will keep getting better with the addition of a trellis, thanks to a Neighborthood Matching Fund Grant. See more in this KOMO Ballard article.

RainWise in Ballard Print E-mail

House picture

Sustainable Ballard is working with SPU to help spread the word about the RainWise program.

In the Ballard Basin*, property owners can get beautiful and functional landscaping, and stored rain water for watering gardens - with up to 100% of the cost paid by the City of Seattle.  (SPU paid for about 85% of our raingarden costs.)  It was designed and built by the Ballard Corners Park landscape architect, John Barker.

For additional information about raingardens, contact Jenny Heins of Sustainable Ballard.

*the Ballard Basin Rebate Area! This is roughly west of 15th Ave NW, and from NW 56th St to NW 85th. Check your address here! (Outside the area?  RainWise will be city-wide by the end of 2015.)

New Microgrant Program! Print E-mail

Groundswell NW is announcing a new microgrant program.  Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Groundswell NW will be awarding up to $500 each to support community members who are starting projects that support Groundswell NW’s mission – creating community, parks, and habitat.  Projects are preferred to be in NW Seattle, be a new project, and have an inclusive group and invite the public to participate.  The project should involve the creation and/or maintenance of public parks, habitat, or green space or involve education about a topic or project related to Groundswell’s mission.


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