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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
Thu, Nov 6th, @5:30am - 07:30PM
Ballard Urban Design Framework Open House 2

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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.
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.
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.

Salmon Bay School Playground Funding Complete, Construction Underway Print E-mail

The effort to build a new play area at Salmon Bay School got the final piece of funding needed, just as construction got underway on July 30. Kudos to all who have shepherded this project along and contributed to its success. See this Ballard News Tribune article and this My Ballard post for more details.

Final Call for Input on Sunset Hill - Shilshole Gateway Print E-mail

The median ends are planted and we're finishing our final report for our Neighborhood Matching Fund project. Help us determine priorities for potential future phases by filling out our feedback form and returning it to 6104 36th Ave NW. Download the feedback packet for background information and a description of the different concepts that have been developed for this important connection between Sunset Hill and Shilshole. The feedback form can be printed out and dropped off at the above address. Or, if you're able to fill out the PDF electronically, or print it, fill it out and scan it, you can email it to dave.boyd1@comcast.net. If the links above don't work, email this address to get the form and packet.

Thanks for your valuable input!

Crown Hill Park named Groundswell's May Park of the Month Print E-mail

The fences are coming down at Crown Hill Park! We were happy to participate in the opening celebration on May 19. Even if you missed the party, Groundswell urges the entire community to check out this great new addition to the neighborhood.

One of four "Key Strategies" in the Crown Hill / Ballard Neighborhood Plan, the park is finally being completed some 14 years later. The purchase of the property was funded in large part by the 2000 ProParks Levy, and construction money came from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. It fills a gap identified in Groundswell's 1996 Ballard / Crown Hill Open Space Inventory, and with the 13th Ave overpass across Holman Road, it provides access to park space for the arterial quadrant south of Holman and east of 15th.

Kudos to the Parks Department for negotiating the purchase from the school district then creating the park, and to the Crown Hill community for purchasing the adjacent school to preserve and build upon a community center that will work together with the park to serve the neighborhood for years to come. See this KOMO Ballard article, this MyBallard piece and this Ballard News Tribune article for photos and more info about the park.

Preventing Sewage Overflows Print E-mail

On Tuesday, October 2nd, 6-8 PM, Seattle Public Utilities will coming to Ballard to talk about how to prevent sewage overflow. Please come to the meeting at the Sunset Hill Community Club at 3003 NW 66th St. Additional information can be found here.

Webster Park marks its 15th Anniversary Print E-mail

In honor of its 15th anniversary, Groundswell NW recognizes Webster Park as its June Park of the Month and thanks all who helped us celebrate on June 9 (see the Friends of Webster Park for photos and this Ballard News Tribune article about Lillian Riley, Webster and Groundswell). This is where it all started for Groundswell, and we also toasted our 20th year of incorporation and the restoration of Charlie Bigger's wonderful ceramic bas relief murals. The Ballard Sedentary Souza Band, who played at the June 1, 1997 grand opening, were back to perform. Also returning to make special presentations were King County Councilmember Larry Phillips and Groundswell founder Lillian Riley.

Thanks for Giving BIG to Groundswell! Print E-mail
Thanks to all who GaveBIG to Groundswell on May 2, helping us raise over $2100 to continue our mission of creating community parks and habitat in NW Seattle! The final tally with the "stretch" match from Seattle Foundation will be posted soon. Thanks also to the Seattle Foundation for organizing GiveBIG to galvanize community giving and help make this such a great place to live!
Sally Clark Featured at Annual Meeting Print E-mail

Thanks to Seattle City Council President Sally Clark for being our featured speaker at the Groundswell NW annual meeting on Wednesday, April 4.  Over 40 came to learn about Seattle City Council's green space priorities for 2012 and how that will have an impact on NW Seattle, such as the development of greenways, rain gardens, and the "missing link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

In addition to a question and answer session with Council President Clark (joined by Kevin Carrabine of Friends of Burke Gilman Trail, Jennifer Litowsky of Ballard Greenways and Bob Spenser of Seattle Public Utilities RainWise program), Groundswell NW also presented our annual "Local Heroes" awards to Ray Pennock for his years of stewardship at Baker Park, Mark Dexter for seven years of managing our website, database and newsletter, and Lisa Hopkins for five years of volunteer bookkeeping.   Representatives from current Groundswell NW-sponsored projects, including the 14th Ave Park Boulevard, Troll's Knoll and Sunset Hill - Shilshole Gateway, were also on hand to talk about their progress of their projects.

Read more in this Ballard News Tribune article.


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