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Groundswell NW Events

Tue, Mar 24th, @6:00pm - 08:00PM
Groundswell NW Annual Meeting & Civic Social
Sat, Mar 28th, @9:00am - 02:00PM
Ballard Corners Park Work Party

Other Events

Wed, Mar 11th, @9:30am - 11:30AM
Soundview Playfield Clean Up
Thu, Mar 12th, @6:30pm - 08:00PM
Loyal Heights Elementary Expansion Plans
Sat, Mar 14th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Golden Gardens Forest Restoration
Sat, Mar 14th, @1:00pm - 03:00PM
15th Ave NW Street Clean Up
Sat, Mar 21st, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Carkeek S.T.A.R.S Work Party
Sat, Mar 28th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Friends of North Beach Park Work Party
Sat, Apr 4th, @9:30am - 12:30PM
Seattle Parks Natural Area and Greenbelt Mini-Summit
Sat, Apr 4th, @9:30am - 12:30PM
Natural Areas & Greenbelts Mini-Summit

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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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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