Groundswell NW recently received notification from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods that it has been awarded a Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund grant in the amount of $25,000. The grant, which will be matched by some $30,000 in volunteer labor and in-kind and cash donations, will fund Groundswell NW’s initiative to update its 1990s open space inventory.
Seattle’s Transit Master Plan has been guiding the work at the City level to invest in high capacity transit – transit that is frequent, reliable, and serves a high number of passengers.
Mayor McGinn has worked to accelerate planning for each high capacity route identified in the plan. Additionally, he advocated for partnering with Sound Transit to accelerate study of the Downtown to Ballard rail corridor, which got underway at the end of 2012.
On Thursday, September 26, at Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion, C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox News moderated a discussion between candidates Mayor Mike McGinn and Senator Ed Murray about their visions for Seattle parks and the downtown urban core. Audience members were given a survey posing three questions:
1. Which candidate provided the clearest vision for Seattle's public space?
2. What issue discussed tonight is most important to you?
3. What's a key issue around parks and public space that you would've liked for the candidates to discuss?
Check out the survey results here.
The mayoral forum on Seattle public space was sponsored by Alliance for Pioneer Square, CIDBIA, Forterra, Friends of Waterfront Seattle, InterIm CDA, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Center Foundation, and Seattle Parks Foundation.
There's a small, energized group of neighbors in the NW 65th business district between 8th and 3rd Aves NW that originally came together around the idea of creating a Park (which they're still actively working on) and are now organizing in a broader sense to bring their community together.
The “Friends of NW 65th” is looking for energetic and committed neighbors to join their team of volunteers interested in supporting the continued improvement of NW 65th. Volunteers will help organize events and community activities focused on improving this busy corridor between 3rd and 8th Ave NW and the surrounding community.
If you would like to know more about “Friends of NW 65th” or are interested in joining their group, please contact them at email@example.com. They are planning an information session and a survey walk on NW65th in the next few weeks and would like to include you! So what are you waiting for? Contact them. today and start making a difference in your community
Heron Habitat Helpers is conducting a survey of our neighbors living in Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne. We need input on how viewing stations displaying great blue herons as they nest and raise their chicks, placed in the visitor centers at Discovery Park and The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, should be developed to be interesting and inviting to visitors of all ages.
(photo by Kevin Fleming)
This is the link to our Project HeronWatch survey. Please take the survey, and invite members of your organization, community, school group, etc. to do the same. We hope to hear from as many of you as possible. Feel free to pass this information along to others who might be interested.
by Jennifer Johnson
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:email@example.com
or 206-386-1501. We will notify you about opportunities to be involved over the summer.
Thank you for your interest in the project.
For 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.