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Groundswell NW Events

Sat, Nov 1st, @9:00am - 02:00PM
Work Party at Ballard Corners Park

Other Events

Thu, Oct 30th, @6:00pm - 07:30PM
Get RainWise - Free Workshop
Sat, Nov 1st, @10:00am - 01:00PM
Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW
Sat, Nov 1st, @7:30pm - 10:00PM
Sustainable Ballard Halloween Party
Thu, Nov 6th, @5:30am - 07:30PM
Ballard Urban Design Framework Open House 2
Sat, Nov 8th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Green Seattle Day at Golden Gardens Park

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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.
Seattle Releases its Draft Bicycle Plan Print E-mail

The City has unveiled its recently updated Draft Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) to guide the City in creating a more harmonious transportation system where bicycles and vehicles coexist. One such treatment are cycle tracks, which are dedicated travel lanes for cyclists that are physically separated from vehicles. You can see all the proposed bike infrastructure within the City's Draft BMP, and the City is taking public comments on the Draft BMP through Friday, July 26th. Public comments can be emailed to bmpupdate@seattle.gov.


Update on Ballard Natural Drainage Print E-mail

After months of technical analysis and input from the community, SPU has identified the most-promising locations for natural drainage in Ballard. A map of those streets is here.

SPU identified these locations by using the results of technical work and feedback from residents.

If you live on these blocks, SPU wants to hear from you. Join us to discuss the project:

Wednesday, June 5, 6-8 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 7706 25th Ave NW.

6-6:30 p.m.: Overview for those new to the project
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Open house with project staff
7:30-8 p.m.: Breakout sessions by project area

SPU will continue to talk with residents this summer to gather feedback. In fall 2013 SPU will announce its recommendation and will work with residents on block designs through 2014. Construction would begin in 2015.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can always contact Project Lead Shanti Colwell:shanti.colwell@seattle.gov
or 206-386-1501. We will notify you about opportunities to be involved over the summer.

Thank you for your interest in the project.

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.

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.

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.)


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