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Groundswell NW Events

Sat, Apr 19th, @10:00am - 01:00PM
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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.
Mayoral Forum on Public Space Print E-mail

On Thursday, September 26, at Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion, C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox News moderated a discussion between candidates Mayor Mike McGinn and Senator Ed Murray about their visions for Seattle parks and the downtown urban core. Audience members were given a survey posing three questions:

1. Which candidate provided the clearest vision for Seattle's public space?

2. What issue discussed tonight is most important to you?

3. What's a key issue around parks and public space that you would've liked for the candidates to discuss?

Check out the survey results here.

The mayoral forum on Seattle public space was sponsored by Alliance for Pioneer Square, CIDBIA, Forterra, Friends of Waterfront Seattle, InterIm CDA, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Center Foundation, and Seattle Parks Foundation.


Join the Friends of NW 65th Print E-mail

There's a small, energized group of neighbors in the NW 65th business district between 8th and 3rd Aves NW that originally came together around the idea of creating a Park (which they're still actively working on) and are now organizing in a broader sense to bring their community together.

The  “Friends of NW 65th” is looking for energetic and committed neighbors to join their team of volunteers interested in supporting the continued improvement of NW 65th. Volunteers will help organize events and community activities focused on improving this busy corridor between 3rd and 8th Ave NW and the surrounding community.

If you would like to know more about “Friends of NW 65th” or are interested in joining their  group, please contact them at friendsofnw65th@gmail.com.  They are planning an information session and a survey walk on NW65th in the next few weeks and would like to include you! So what are you waiting for? Contact them. today and start making a difference in your community


Salmon Recovery Videos Print E-mail

by Jennifer Johnson


salmon recovery


We at the Recreation and Conservation Office and the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office are proud of our work to finalize and distribute our new video and clips about salmon recovery in Washington State. Our wide distribution is in progress. Please help us spread the word about the salmon recovery story and our state’s great work to recover these iconic species.
The 10-minute video and 2-minute clips reveal why salmon are so important to Washington State. The videos present perspectives from tribes, agencies, scientists, public citizens and other salmon recovery partners working to bring salmon back from the brink of extinction. Visit our YouTube site and watch the videos.
We’ve had important successes in salmon recovery over the past several years. The videos emphasize some of the returns on our investments as well as the need for continued support. While we need to show the progress we are making, there is work ahead and some salmon populations are still in serious trouble. These issues are also detailed by the Treaty Indian Tribes in western Washington in their paper on tribal Treaty Rights at Risk and in the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission’s State of the Watersheds Report.
Update on Ballard Natural Drainage Print E-mail

After months of technical analysis and input from the community, SPU has identified the most-promising locations for natural drainage in Ballard. A map of those streets is here.

SPU identified these locations by using the results of technical work and feedback from residents.

If you live on these blocks, SPU wants to hear from you. Join us to discuss the project:

Wednesday, June 5, 6-8 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 7706 25th Ave NW.

6-6:30 p.m.: Overview for those new to the project
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Open house with project staff
7:30-8 p.m.: Breakout sessions by project area

SPU will continue to talk with residents this summer to gather feedback. In fall 2013 SPU will announce its recommendation and will work with residents on block designs through 2014. Construction would begin in 2015.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can always contact Project Lead Shanti Colwell:shanti.colwell@seattle.gov
or 206-386-1501. We will notify you about opportunities to be involved over the summer.

Thank you for your interest in the project.

Annual Meeting Inspiration and Recognition Print E-mail

Groundswell NW thanks all who attended our 2013 Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 7 at the Sunset Hill Community Club. Featured speakers included Pomegranate Center founder Milenko Matanovic, and East Ballard Community Association leader Dawn Hemminger, who gave inspirational presentations on creating parks and community spaces.

In addition to a question-and-answer with the two speakers, Groundswell NW presented its annual “Local Heroes” awards, which recognize fellow Ballardites’ efforts to create and enhance parks, public spaces, and habitat in our community. The Friends of Kirke Park were recognized for their wildly successful efforts to create Ballard's newest community park. Candace Jarrett was lauded for her "beyond the call of duty" efforts to improve the Sunset Hill - Shilshole Gateway. And while he wasn't able to attend the annual meeting, Rob Mattson was recognized there and at the April 10 Ballard District Council meeting for being the "man behind the curtain," helping Groundswell and other groups and citizen's negotiate the City bureaucracy and build community in Ballard for many years (see this Ballard News Tribune article).

We also elected our slated of officers for the coming year: President David Folweiler, Vice President Frana Milan, Secretary Jan Satterthwaite and Treasurer Matt Hutchins.

Heron Habitat Helpers Survey Print E-mail

Heron Habitat Helpers is conducting a survey of our neighbors living in Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne.  We need input on how viewing stations displaying great blue herons as they nest and raise their chicks, placed in the visitor centers at Discovery Park and The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, should be developed to be interesting and inviting to visitors of all ages.



(photo by Kevin Fleming)

This is the link to our Project HeronWatch survey. Please take the survey, and invite members of your organization, community, school group, etc. to do the same.  We hope to hear from as many of you as possible.  Feel free to pass this information along to others who might be interested.

Barbara Selemon
Project Heronwatch Lead
Heron Habitat Helpers
Project Heronwatch is funded by a grant from the city of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods
Seattle Releases its Draft Bicycle Plan Print E-mail

The City has unveiled its recently updated Draft Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) to guide the City in creating a more harmonious transportation system where bicycles and vehicles coexist. One such treatment are cycle tracks, which are dedicated travel lanes for cyclists that are physically separated from vehicles. You can see all the proposed bike infrastructure within the City's Draft BMP, and the City is taking public comments on the Draft BMP through Friday, July 26th. Public comments can be emailed to bmpupdate@seattle.gov.


Protecting Seattle's Waterways Print E-mail

We were fortunate to have Kevin Buckley of Seattle Public Utilities come to our monthly board meeting.  He presented us with a booklet entitled "Protecting Seattle's Waterways".  It outlines alternatives and plans to prevent untreated sewage and stormwater from poluting our treasured waters.  I encourage people to look at it.

We spoke about working together.  If they implement roadside (or other) raingardens, perhaps they could be designed to serve as green space for Seattleites.  For example, if 17th Ave NW or 14th Ave NW were to be lined with raingardens, they could form a true greenway from upper Ballard to the Ship Canal.

Ballard median strip

photo by MyBallard.com

Groundswell NW Awards its Second Microgrant Print E-mail

Groundswell NW awarded its second microgrant recently to support a new park on NW 65th St at 7th Ave NW on the former site of Nick's Motors.  The Friends of NW 65th have sumitted an application to the Seattle Parks Department for acquiring the property using funds from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund.  They will use the money to produce materials for the Open House at the Northgate Community Center and develop a coherent strategy for persuing the acquisition funding.  The family of the former owner is in support of creating a park in this space and has pledged financial support for ongoing maintenance.


nw 65th park graffiti


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