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Message From the Board President

Happy New Year from Groundswell NW!

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.


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.

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

Wed, 01/21: East Ballard Community Association Monthly Meeting

The EBCA meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Those interested in getting up to speed on the latest happenings in the East Ballard neighborhood and who want to become more involved with planning and development of the 14th Ave NW Park Boulevard are welcome to attend.

Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: contact Dawn Hemminger at eastballard@gmail.com or 206-953-3940 for location

Other Events

Sat, 01/10: Golden Gardens Forest Restoration

Do you want to restore the forest at Golden Gardens Park? Come out and help us the second Saturday of every month. We remove invasive weeds and plant native species that return the forest to a more natural ecosystem.

We provide tools, gloves, and training. We only need you to dress in layers, wear sturdy pants, long sleeved shirts and raingear. Also, bring a filled water bottle and snacks.

See website for important details about where to meet.

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, 01/17: Carkeek Stars Work Party

Join other enthusiastic volunteers for a fun morning of forest restoration and trails maintenance. We have a wide variety of tasks you can help with. We provide gloves and water (we encourage you to bring your own bottle of water, to reduce plastic waste). Please wear sturdy shoes. Suitable for teens and older. Follow the STARS signs to our meeting place. We’re here the third Saturday of every month. Welcome!

If you are a group of more than 5 persons please contact Dale Johnson at 206-362-2980 so we can plan logistics.

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

Thu, 01/29: Sustainable Ballard Annual Meeting

Sustainable Ballard Annual Meeting + Open House -- Thurs, 1/29

Please join us for the first Open House of the New Year!

  • Meet Your Sustainable Ballard: the 2015 Board Members, Project Leaders and Staff -- bend our ears … we want to hear what you have to say about Sustainable Ballard, your ideas and hopes, where you’d like to see us prioritize our resources — we’ll be there to listen!
  • Be part of the celebration as we toast Sustainable Ballard’s leaders
  • Hear about our priorities for the new year, and tell us about yours
  • Learn more about the projects we have cooking … come find out what we’re all about and sign up for something that interests you
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Ballard Public Library, 5614 - 22nd Ave NW, Seattle
Contact: Jenny Heins: jenny@sustainableballard.org

Wed, 02/11: Soundview Work Party

Soundview maintenance work party, Wednesday, February 11, 9:30 am in Soundview Park.

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Soundview Park, 9001-9509 15th Ave NW, Seattle
Contact: Joe Maxwell, joemaxwell1229@yahoo.com

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, 02/28: North Beach Natural

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

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