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Sat, Feb 7th, @8:00am - 05:00PM
Baker Park Clean Up event
Wed, Feb 11th, @9:30am - 12:00PM
Soundview Work Party
Sat, Feb 14th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Golden Gardens Forest Restoration
Sat, Feb 28th, @9:00am - 11:00AM
North Beach Natural

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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!
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.

14th Ave is March Park of the Month Print E-mail

After a winter hiatus, Groundswell NW recognizes the 14th Ave NW Park Boulevard as our first Park of the Month for 2012.

The 14th Ave NW Park Boulevard project is a culmination of over 6 years of community building by the East Ballard Community Association and the neighbors and businesses of East Ballard. The current phase of the project proposes to convert two blocks of 14th Ave NW between NW 59th and 61st from existing roadway and parking median to community park green space, green infrastructure, and incorporate safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. This proposal builds on a Visioning process begun in 2006 (14th Ave NW Visioning Project, Carlson Architects) which seeks context-appropriate safety improvements and green infrastructure and park‐space from Salmon Bay to NW 65th Street along 14th Ave NW.

Project Goals:

  1. Create a community park and greenspace
  2. Address environmental concerns by converting existing stormwater treatment from piped conveyance into on‐site biofiltration
  3. Improve safety in the corridor for all transit users.

The project has been awarded funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, and a design team led by Mithun is working with the community to develop plans. Please see the notice below for the second community workshop and contacts for getting involved.

Variety 4 Charity Benefits GNW Print E-mail

For the second year, Egan's and Susan Harper teamed up to put on an enchanted night of entertainment to benefit Groundswell NW on November 10, 2012. A nearly packed house enjoyed an hour and a half of great local acts and delicious food and drink to support our third decade of creating parks and habitat in NW Seattle.


Salmon Bay Natural Area Stewardship Print E-mail

Last summer's warm weather brought an increase in drinking, camping and other illegal activity at Salmon Bay Natural Area. To help address these issues, we held a workparty Aug. 27 to weed, clean up, and thin some of the shrubs to open up sight lines to the plaza. Then we focused on positive solutions a meeting of stakeholders, including neighbors, community members and agencies with some role in managing the site on Aug. 30. Thanks to The Canal for hosting the meeting, and to representatives of Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Department of Transpotation and Seattle Police Department for attending. Later in the fall, Seattle Conservation Corps transplanted several shrubs to further open up sight lines and block unauthorized access paths. Things were much quieter at the site in the late summer, and we are committed to keeping it safe and attractive for all. 

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.

Crown Hill Glen is November Park of the Month Print E-mail

More natural area than park, Crown Hill Glen is tucked away between 19th and 20th NW where these two avenues dead-end at NW 89th Street. First identified as an open space opportunity through Groundswell's Open Space Inventory in 1996, the site is a hidden gem, and testament to the ongoing stewardship of its neighbors.

The natural surroundings look as if they have always been there...but this is not the case at all.  George and Theadora Plumis, who were married in 1931, bought these four lots and the adjoining house and lot to the south in 1940. This was the Plumis' first home and its then rural surroundings gave Mr. Plumis a chance to recreate a bit of the farming culture of their Greek homeland by raising chickens, goats, sheep, and fruit trees.  During the war, it served as a Victory Garden.  It was plowed by horse until well into the 50's!

Sunset Hill - Shilshole Gateway Meeting Oct. 1 Print E-mail

If you walk, bike or drive the connection between Sunset Hill and Shilshole on 36th, 61st, and 38th, we want to hear your thoughts about possible improvements to this corridor. Thanks to all who came to a spirited community workshop October 1 to give their thoughts on a range of ideas for both short- and long-term opportunities to make the corridor safer and more pleasant. If you weren't able to make it, you can post your thoughts on our Facebook page. and look for a feedback form to weigh in on a variety of options. And stay tuned for fall workparties to continue the weed suppression at the 36th Ave NW median ends, then start planting low-maintenance groundsovers and low shrubs.

Kirke Park named September Park of the Month Print E-mail

Update: Construction started February 1, 2012 - see this My Ballard post, this Ballard News Tribune article and this KOMO Ballard article.

In celebration of Ballard's green spaces, Groundswell NW features and celebrates a "Park of the Month" and the community around it. In September the spotlight was on Kirke Park. Located on the east side of 9th Ave NW between NW 70th and NW 73rd, Kirke Park is Ballard's newest park acquisition. At nearly an acre (39.000sf), it is a significant addition to the community, serving a part of Whittier Heights that previously had no parks.

“Kirke" is a Nordic word meaning "church"and was chosen as the park name to recognize this land as the former site of the Seventh Elect Church in Israel, a small religious sect founded in 1922 by a Midwestern preacher named Daniel Sawlt. The men of the colony were easily recognized by their long hair and beards. In the early days of the church they were often seen preaching downtown on the corner of Pike and Fourth. They also asked for odd jobs in the neighborhood, which alarmed some of the neighbors. Following Sawlt's death in 1929, the colony, which embraced a celibate lifestyle, declined in membership. The church survived for another eighty years, however, until it was officially dissolved in February 2010. Rumors of strange activity among the few last men who lived at the site circulated widely due to the secluded nature of the property. See the project's webpage for more info, and a more detailed history of the park can be found here.


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