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Groundswell NW Events

Sat, Nov 1st, @9:00am - 02:00PM
Work Party at Ballard Corners Park

Other Events

Thu, Oct 30th, @6:00pm - 07:30PM
Get RainWise - Free Workshop
Sat, Nov 1st, @10:00am - 01:00PM
Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW
Sat, Nov 1st, @7:30pm - 10:00PM
Sustainable Ballard Halloween Party
Thu, Nov 6th, @5:30am - 07:30PM
Ballard Urban Design Framework Open House 2
Sat, Nov 8th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Green Seattle Day at Golden Gardens Park

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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.
The Summer 2014 Ballard Pop-Up Food Garden Project Print E-mail

Chef David Wynne, Director of Culinary at the Art Institute of Seattle and Ballard resident of 18 years is seeking out volunteer food gardens within the Ballard, East Ballard neighborhood for the first annual Food Pop-Up Garden Project for the 2014 season.

Chef Wynne and his team of culinary students are preparing to execute a multiple series of seasonal yard to table educational cooking projects to better connect the people of our community closer to their seasonal food garden produce.

His team will provide hands on food demos at garden locations illustrating cool, fresh ideas to better utilize all the food produced in your family yard “truck gardens.”

Our summer pop-up project will also be facilitated by a documentary project executed by Art Institute students in the Digital Video Department.

For interested participants please contact David Barnes at newdavidbarnes@hotmail.com.

 
Discovery Day – Saturday, June 14th at Ballard Commons Park – 10 AM Print E-mail

Walk with Groundswell NW towards Ballard’s future on Saturday, June 14th in Ballard Commons Park at 10 AM. Join friends and neighbors for an inspirational urban adventure to consider the future of open space and discover other place making ideas in Ballard.

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In an effort to build upon the 1996 Open Space Plan, Groundswell NW volunteers will inventory the existing assets and potential new assets for additional parks and open space in Ballard. Walking groups will be organized by neighborhood. Meet and work with your Neighborhood Open Space Captain and walk together to tell us what you think about open space.

You can use this flyer to pass the word along to friends and neighbors. We hope to see you there!

More information about the Ballard Open Space Plan is at our sister website.

 
Groundswell NW Awards Microgrant to Save Our Substations Print E-mail

We had two new microgrant applications recently. One was from Save Our Substations - an effort headed by Cass Turnbull of Plant Amnesty. Her hope is to keep Seattle City Light's surplus substations from being diverted to private us. She envisions keeping the properties in the public domain to use as open space. We worked with our neighbors to turn a surplus substation and an adjacent property into 6th Ave NW Pocket Park

We loved her proposal and awarded her $500 for her efforts!  

Do you have a dream about open space? Consider applying for our microgrant - it's an easy process. If you are aligned with our mission of creating parks habitat & community in NW Seattle, we would love to support you.

 
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.

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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.

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Groundswell NW Awards Microgrant to Ballard Boys & Girls Club for New Gardens Print E-mail

Ballard Boys & Girls Club Board Member Mike Peacore approached us recently with an idea - starting gardens for the kids attending the Club. He wants the kids to have the experience of nurturing plants and seeing where our food comes from.  We were very supportive of his application for our microgrant.  We awarded the Club $500 to help start a program for the kids at the Club.  We are excited to partner with them to give our newest generation the opportunity to experience gardening first hand.

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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...

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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. 

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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.

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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.

 
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