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Groundswell NW Events

Sat, Apr 19th, @10:00am - 01:00PM
EBCA Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW

Other Events

Sat, Apr 26th, @11:00am - 05:00PM
See RainWise Homes
Sat, May 3rd, @10:00am - 02:00PM
Carkeek Park Restoration
Wed, May 7th, @5:30pm - 07:30PM
Ballard Urban Design Open House

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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.
2010 Annual Meeting Features Mayor McGinn, Local Heroes Print E-mail

Thanks to all who attended our Annual Meeting on March 14, with special thanks to Mayor Michael McGinn for graciously fielding a number of questions about "green infrastructure" in Ballard and beyond. Our current slate of officers was elected for another year by acclamation, and two new Local Heroes were recognized.

Dawn Hemminger was lauded for her years of service on the Board of Directors, for the last few years in the most time-consuming job, Treasurer. She also has helped spearhead the 14th Ave NW Visioning Project, which was featured at the meeting in a presentation by her and Peter Locke. If that was not enough, she helped re-form the east ballard community association over the last couple of years, energizing her corner of the neighborhood. She has also been involved in the Ballard District Council and its efforts to prepare for a neighborhood plan update.

Michael Harthorne was recognized for his tireless reporting of Groundswell and other community events for the Ballard News Tribune. At a time when BNT has consolidated its operations and closed its Ballard office, Michael has kept their reporting of community events at a high level, showing up for evening meetings, daytime work parties and helping us spread the news through his articles and photographs. His report on our Annual Meeting, which modestly ignores his Local Hero honor, can be found here.

Hazel Heights P-Patch Opens! Print E-mail

Groundswell NW thanks all who accepted our challenge to match up to $5,000 for contributions made through Groundswell to the new Hazel Heights P-Patch at NW 42nd St and Baker Ave NW. As of the end of 2009, over $5,000 had been received. The combined donation was matched by Seattle's P-Patch Trust, so the compaign generated over $20,000 for this unique new P-Patch, which was dedicated on March 21. See coverage in the Ballard News Tribune and FremontUniverse.com.

While our match challenge has ended and the garden is open, the Friends of Hazel Heights are still collecting donations to complete the project, and Groundswell would be happy to pass yours on. Thanks!

Troll's Knoll on a Roll! Print E-mail

The Friends of the Troll’s Knoll would like to update you all on our progress for improving the area around the Fremont Troll and some exciting news:

  • We are on facebook.  Come check out the project designs, become a fan, stay updated on events
  • We are applying to Seattle’s Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund (application due on April 1st).  This is a very exciting opportunity and our project fits their criteria very well. We held a Community Meeting to inform the community on the levy application process and finalize the site development plan. 
New Park on 9th Ave NW News Print E-mail

Over a hundred neighbors turned out for a full day of activities June 18, 2009 at the New Park on 9th Ave NW. A morning work party was followed by an Ice Cream Social, and the day was capped off by a showing of Wall-E after dark, as reported by MyBallard.com.

You can learn more about the new park on our webpage here and at the Seattle Parks webpage.

Oliver to Create Sculpture for Salmon Bay Natural Area Print E-mail

Welcome FigureboardSeattle artist Marvin Oliver will create a sculpture representing a welcome figure for the Salmon Bay Natural Area along Ballard's shoreline.

Groundswell NW, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, commissioned the artwork to reflect local indigenous cultures and the rich tribal history of the site. Oliver, an internationally recognized artist of Quinalt heritage, proposed a welcome figure of cast bronze draped in Salish ceremonial garb and holding a large aluminum and glass disk depicting the salmon cycle.

Ballard Corners Dedication and Groundswell 20th Anniversary Celebration Print E-mail

A large crowd gathered at Ballard Corners Park on October 10, 2009 to celebrate its (near) completion and Groundswell's 20 years of reating community parks and habitat. Kudos to Friends of Ballard Corners Park co-chairs David Folweiler and Rebecca Carr, the entire steering committee, and all the neighbors who have worked so hard to create this magical new park. See updates, details and photos at the Ballard Corners website.


FUNGI to Clean Stormwater? Print E-mail
Work Party Picture

By Elizabeth Dunigan

Belltown Transforming Streetscapes into Green Space

In an effort to support long-term downtown livability, Belltown community and the City of Seattle have proposed a "green street" project to convert 5 blocks of Bell Street from traffic lanes to landscaped open space with pedestrian amenities.

On July 16, 2009 Seattle Great City Initiative invited teams to transform parking spaces on Bell Street to interesting, engaging places that align with the community's vision for green space. Groundswell NW participated by sharing an innovative park treatment that supports sustainable stormwater management with landscaped elements that unite concepts of ecological function, education, and art. The ecological function of the rain garden is augmented with permeable surfaces and trench drains that convey water into the garden. Once intercepted in the garden, the water interacts with plants and soil while soaking into mushroom mycelium mats that are embedded underneath the rain garden. The Bell Street project is an example of how the new Parks Levy funds could be used for projects like our 14th Ave NW Vision, and some of the techniques could also be employed in Seattle Public Utilities' Ballard Roadside Raingardens project and RainWise program.

2007-2008 Groundswell NW News Report Print E-mail

The 2007-2008 Groundswell NW News Report is packed with information about GNW's ongoing mission to improve our community through volunteer cooperation. Read all about our achievements over the past year and get the facts on our projects under development for 2009.


Download your copy now!

2009 Annual Meeting features Parks Head Tim Gallagher Print E-mail

Groundswell welcomed Seattle Parks & Recreation Supertintendent Tim Gallagher to our 2009 Annual Meeting on Monday, March 9. Tim discussed the implementation of the Parks Levy passed last fall, and the status of the acquisition of open spaces at Crown Hill and Webster schools.

Three new Local Heroes were recognized: Donald Harris and the Seattle Parks Open Space Program, including Lise Ward, who was also in attendance; Catherine Weatbrook, leader of the Crown Hill Project; and Steve Williams of Ballard Market. 

2009 officers were elected: Andrea Faste, President; Catherine Darley, Vice-President; Dawn Hemminger, Treasurer; and Lydia Marshall, Secretary.


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