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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.

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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.
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.

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RainWise in Ballard Print E-mail

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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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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.

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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!

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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.
 
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.

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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!
 
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