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Thu, Jan 29th, @6:00pm - 07:30PM
Sustainable Ballard Annual Meeting
Wed, Feb 11th, @9:30am - 12:00PM
Soundview Work Party
Sat, Feb 28th, @9:00am - 11:00AM
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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.
Play Streets! Print E-mail

What if you could transform your street into a place for kids to safely play?  Even if it's just for a few hours each week?  That would be cool, wouldn't it?

Seattle's Department of Transportation (SDoT) is making this happen.  You can be part of it!

Look here for more info.


Open Space is an Asset - Please Help Us Find It! Print E-mail

Hey you lovers of parks and open space!

We are developing the Ballard Open Space Plan. This plan will drive open space planning for many years to come. It is absolutely critical that it be as complete as possible!

We really need your help. We are asking you to do two things for us:

1. Fill out this survey about open space in the Ballard District. We really want to know what you think. It'll just take a few minutes. http://ballardopenspaceplan.org/survey

2. Help walk you neighborhood to inventory both existing and potential open space. No one knows your neighborhood like you do. Use a smartphone app to add items to the Ballard Open Space Plan. http://ballardopenspaceplan.org/help-us-discover-open-space/smartphone-app/ Anyone and everyone is asked to help. No special skills are needed. See a vacant lot, extra wide planting strip, right of way, or anything else that could become open space to share - add it to the inventory!

Here's what we have so far.  Notice how many neighborhoods (and perhaps yours) have yet to be inventoried. The clumps of trees are new inventory items.  The orange circles are items from the 1996 inventory.

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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.

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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Have a Say About Your Waterway Print E-mail


Millions of gallons of raw sewage and polluted runoff overflow into Seattle waterways every year. Seattle Public Utilities is working to protect our lakes, creeks, bays, and the Duwamish River by preventing these overflows.

The draft Plan to Protect Seattle's Waterways is ready for your review. Find out more at www.seattle.gov/cso or come to an open house and public hearing on the draft plan on Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. at the Lake Washington Rowing Club, 910 N. Northlake Way, Seattle.

Seattle Public Utilities encourages the public, interested agencies, and Tribal governments to review and comment on the Plan, proposed alternatives, and potential impacts. Thank you for helping to protect our waters.

Here is a direct link to the Community Guide to the Integrated Plan.

SPU wants your feedback.  Send it here:

Please submit DEIS comments by June 30, 2014 to:

  • Betty Meyer
    SPU SEPA Responsible Official
    Seattle Public Utilities
    Seattle Municipal Tower, Suite 4900
    PO Box 34018
    Seattle, WA 98124-4018
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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