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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.
Ballard Open Space Plan Open House - Thursday, 29 May 14 at 6 PM Print E-mail

You are invited to our Open House on Thursday, May 29th at 6:00 PM in the Ballard Library.  We want to improve the quality of life and livability of Ballard.  Come hear about the Open Space Plan and how you can be involved.  We will be collecting your ideas and thoughts about open space in Ballard and what you'd like to see in the future.  Please come and tell us what open space means to you...

Ballard Corners Park furniture

Ballard Urban Design Open House on May 7th Print E-mail

From DPD - 

Urban design

Over the past decade, Ballard has seen significant changes from the “sleepy” neighborhood it once was. The area has become denser as it became attractive to younger people and to families with children. At the same time, the job market has changed, but job growth has not kept up with the population growth.

We are partnering with the community on a coordinated and strategic planning effort to address these changes and help create a vision that will shape growth and guide new development in Ballard.

SDOT Parklet Program Print E-mail

"Parks in parking spaces? That’s right, and they’re in Seattle!

"Parklets convert on-street parking spots into public spaces for all Seattleites to enjoy. They are a cost-effective tool for increasing our city’s public open space, and have added to the vitality of neighborhoods around the world."

Want to know more?  Put in an application for a parklet?  Click here.


Pedestrian Zone Mapping Project Print E-mail

From DPD: The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) would like your input on the Pedestrian Zone Mapping Project (pedestrian retail areas). The City Council has asked DPD to study a variety of areas around the city to promote more walkable neighborhood business districts. This would involve adding a pedestrian designation to existing Neighborhood Commercial Zones. We are also considering modifications to the existing regulations that would apply to existing and new pedestrian zones.

Pedestrian zones are important because they provide locations for businesses that serve neighborhood residents' daily needs. They play a key role in creating safe neighborhoods where you would want to live, work, and shop. A pedestrian zone designation is intended to protect an existing pedestrian-oriented retail district, or encourage the development of a new district.

Dates announced for Neighborhood Matching Fund opportunities to support community-initiated projects Print E-mail
On December 17,  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods announced the Neighborhood Matching Fund opportunities for 2014. All three funding programs of the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) – Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund – support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities.
The NMF program has staff to advise community groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Community members are strongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov.
Mayor Ed Murray Speaks at Groundswell NW Annual Meeting Print E-mail

Groundswell NW thanks Seattle Mayor Ed Murray for being the featured speaker at our Annual Meeting on April 8. We had a lively discussion about the future of the Parks Department, including the possibility of a Metropolitan Parks District, as well as other important topics like the Missing Link and Neighborhood Greenways. 


We presented "Local Hero" awards to Jennifer Litowski and Ballard Greenways for their work to creat safe routes to bike and walk in the neighborhood, and to Luke McGuff and the Friends of North Beach Park for their work to restore this neighborhood habitat area. Offiders for the next year were elected: President David Folweiler, Treasurer Frana Milan and Secretary Jan Satterthwaite. GNW activities for the coming year were highlighted, notably the update of the Ballard Open Space Plan. 

Many thanks to the Ballard Landmark for hosting!

Plan for Ballard's Growth Print E-mail

Ballard is growing like crazy! Seattle's Department of Planning and Development is creating a Urban Design Framework (UDF) to guide Ballard's growth.


They have issued an Existing Conditions Report. If you want to know how the city will be guiding further growth in Ballard, be sure to sign up for updates on the right side of the page.

Request for Proposals - Ballard Open Space Plan Print E-mail


Groundswell NW is actively seeking proposals for updating the Ballard District Open Space Plan.  

The complete RFP can be found here.  Proposals are due by 5:00 PM, Mon. Feb. 3rd.  Questions can be directed to David Folweiler at david@folweiler.com.  

The old Ballard Open Space Inventory & Action Plan is here.

Questions and answers will be posted here:

20 Jan 14

Question 1.   ...the RFP has two deadlines:  page 1  shows a February 3rd deadline, while page 5 shows a February 5th deadline. Which is correct?  

Groundswell NW awarded $25,000 from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for open space plan Print E-mail

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.


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