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February 2015 News


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Message From the Board President

In 2015, the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation will transition to the Seattle Park District, thanks to a measure supported by Groundswell NW and approved by Seattle voters in August. The funding for the Park District is a type of property tax and replaces the expiring Parks and Green Spaces Levy; the City will not start collecting these funds until 2016. So if you are a Seattle homeowner, this means that you will get a break in 2015 – an estimated $150 off your property taxes for a home valued at $450,000, about the average price of a home in Ballard.

As you reflect on your giving this coming year, please consider keeping those dollars working for parks and open space in our community by making that $150 tax holiday a tax-deductible donation to Groundswell NW.

We are planning to combine the Ballard Open Space Plan Open House releasing the results of this year long effort with the Groundswell NW Annual Meeting. It will be an interactive event, where we will be soliciting input from all of you regarding where and what open open space issues we should work on next. Stayed tuned for a place and a date for the Annual Meeting/Ballard Open Space Plan Open House!

Be sure to look at the events below for volunteer opportunities to help maintain our green spaces. Help build community, get some exercise, and commune with our natural world.

David Folweiler

PS We are still looking for a volunteer web designer.  If you or someone you know has website design skills that you can use to update our web presence, please contact me, or reply to this email.


Groundswell NW Events

Tue, 03/24: Groundswell NW Annual Meeting & Civic Social

You're invited to this special event that will change the landscape of your community and grow the public green.

This year, the Ballard Open Space Plan will be highlighted and a facilitated interactive exercise will spark future parks, public art, gardens, green space connectors and habitat in Northwest Seattle. Because you are a mover and shaker in this great community, your participation in this collaborative event is crucial.

Groundswell NW will also present its "Local Heroes" awards, which recognize individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to parks and open space in Ballard.

Doors open at 6:00pm for an open house to meet with our partnered groups and find out more about our projects. The program will begin at 6:30PM.

You bring your best ideas, Groundswell NW will bring the treats.

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Nordic Heritage Museum 3014 NW 67th St, Seattle, Washington 98117
Contact: Dawn Hemminger - groundswellnw@gmail.com

Sat, 03/28: Ballard Corners Park Work Party

The Friends of Ballard Corners Park invite you to a work party! You will be preparing plants for Spring, weeding, spreading wood chip mulch, and cleaning up debris. The bulbs you added last Fall are getting ready to bloom - come enjoy the fruits of your past labor and help get the Park in shape for Summer fun! Some tools and refreshments will be provided. If you have your own gloves and tools please bring them. Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Ballard Corners Park, Corner of 17th Ave NW and NW 63rd St
Contact: Gabriella, gabriella@seanet.com, (206) 782-3238.

Other Events

Sat, 02/07: Baker Park Clean Up event

Join us on Saturday, February 7th at 1:00pm to clean up Baker Park. We will have all the supplies needed (provided by the city), which includes: gloves, trash grabbers, garbage bags, rakes, shovels, and paint to cover up the graffiti! Gina will bring coffee so come grab a warm drink, meet some neighbors and help make the park a nicer place!

Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: 8347 14th Avenue Northwest
Contact: Gina Frank - gina.a.gibbs@gmail.com

Wed, 02/11: Soundview Playfield Clean Up

We are a monthly work party group. Come join us for light weeding and clean up.

Meet us up on the slope just above the parking lot and by the Playground and Wading pool!

Email Deb Stamey if you have questions and / or want to join us! Thank you.

Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Soundview Park, 9001-9509 15th Ave NW, Seattle
Contact: Deb Stamey, deb.stamey@comcast.net

Sat, 02/14: Golden Gardens Forest Restoration

Volunteers needed to restore the forest at Golden Gardens Park. Second Saturday of every month from 9-12 am (February 14, 2015).

Give something back to the community by enhancing the forest and making better wildlife habitat.  Help remove invasive species in the forest above the beach.

Tools, gloves, and training are provided.  Meet at restroom near parking lot for dog park.  For info email Doug at:  doug@greshamenvironmental.com or call at (206) 794-4520.

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Golden Gardens Park, meet at restroom near dog park parking lot.
Contact: Doug Gresham, doug@greshamenvironmental.com or (206) 794-4520.

Sat, 02/21: Carkeek Stars Work Party

Join us for a restoration work party at Carkeek Park - See website for important details on what to bring and where to meet.

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, follow STARS signs.
Contact: Dale Johnson, 206-362-2980, dalerayjohnson@comcast.net

Sat, 02/28: North Beach Natural Area Work Party

North Beach Natural Area Work Party, Saturday, February 28, 9 am—noon, meet at 90th St. and 24th Ave.

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Meet at 90th St. and 24th Ave.
Contact: Joe Maxwell, joemaxwell1229@yahoo.com

Tue, 03/03: Seattle 2035 Industrial Lands Policy Discussion

DPD is hosting a series of meetings regarding proposed Industrial Lands Policies that are part of Seattle 2035 – the City’s major comprehensive plan update.

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Ballard High School Lunchroom/Commons 1418 NW 65th St.
Contact: Janet Shull, janet.shull@seattle.gov, (206) 233-3883

Thu, 03/12: Loyal Heights Elementary Expansion Plans

Seattle Public Schools is holding a community meeting to discuss plans for renovating and expanding the school. This is an opportunity for neighbors to see the plans and express concerns.

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Loyal Heights Elementary lunchroom, 2511 NW 80th St.