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Message From the Board President

Thank you for your support in creating a long-term, sustainable funding solution for Parks in Seattle!

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Proposition 1 passed in the primary election!  The City is beginning work on how to implement the new Parks District.

The Ballard Open Space Plan has finished its survey and inventory.  Our consultants at Site Story will be collating the data and identifying higher priority sites.  Stay tuned for more details.

We had fun at the Reuben's fundraiser recently.  By donating a portion of the proceeds, we raised a bit over $250!  We have scheduled an evening next year - please put 23 Jul 15 on your calendar.  Come down and raise a glass in support of Groundswell NW!

I know a number of you had successful Night Out parties.  We love that you are creating community!

David Folweiler

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

Washington Conservation Corps Positions for Teens

The Washington Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program, hires around 300 18-25 year olds each year all over Washington state. They are currently recruiting for all of our positions for a start in October. There is no experience necessary for the positions—they are looking for young people who want to work hard, are willing to learn, and have a positive attitude.

The positions are full time (40 hrs/wk), and earn $9.32/hr plus a $5,645 educational award (like a scholarship) upon completion of a one-year term. WCC members receive 3 paid weeks of trainings, including their choice of career-transferrable certifications and trainings like Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue, Forestry Basics, and Wildland Firefighting.

You can find more information at our website.

Other Events

Wed, 09/03: Solar Washington General Meeting

Solar Washington, a non profit organization based in Seattle, will present its public General Meeting on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Phinney Center in Seattle beginning at 6pm.

Our General Meetings are an informative forum for industry personnel, homeowners and solar enthusiasts and excellent opportunity to meet with industry representatives as well as learn about current products, services and issues surrounding the solar industry in Washington State. The event is free and open to the public.

Scheduled to speak on September 3 are WSU Energy Extension Program Director & Washington State Representative Jake Fey who will provide an overview and update of the stakeholder process as ordered by Governor Inslee's Executive Order to "significantly expand the use of solar energy in Washington State".  Also scheduled to speak will be Jeremy Smithson who will provide an update from the Solar Installers of Washington (SIW), a trade association representing the interests of Washington-based solar installers.

More info at our website.

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle
Contact: Patrick Nugent, patrick@solarwa.org

Sat, 09/06: Sustainable Ballard Community Open House

Please join us for our Fall Open House!
  • Meet your Sustainable Ballard Board Members, Project Leaders and Staff
  • Hear about our current priorities
  • Enjoy some refreshments on us
  • See what we have planned for the Sustainable Ballard Festival and sign up for a volunteer sheet
  • 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: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Ballard Public Library, 5614 - 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle
Contact: Jenny Heins: jenny@sustainableballard.org

Wed, 09/10: Soundview Work Party

Please join us for a work party to maintain Soundview park and playground.

Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Soundview Park, 9001-9509 15th Ave NW, Seattle

Sat, 09/13: Golden Gardens Forest Restoration

Volunteers needed to restore the forest at Golden Gardens Park.   Second Saturday of every month from 9-12 am (September 13, 2014).  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
Contact: Doug Gresham, doug@greshamenvironmental.com

Sat, 09/13: ReClaim Baker Park

Scope of work:

·Pressure wash or paint over graffiti

·Trim branches & shrubs for better sight lines

·Weed flower beds

·Spread bark mulch

·General clean-up & repair

·Clean Green Dump Run

Please bring gloves & tools. Anyone have a pick up or pressure washer we could borrow?? Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Baker Park, 8341 14th Ave NW
Contact: Brad Wakeman, brad@lakere.com, 206-920-3638

Sat, 09/20: 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
Contact: Loren McElvain, 206 782 7617, l.j.mcelvain@gmail.com

Sat, 09/27: North Beach Natural Area Work Party

North Beach Natural Area Work Party, Saturday, September 27, 10 am—3pm, meet at 88th St. and 27th Ave.

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: NW 88th St. and 27th Ave. NW

Sun, 09/28: Sustainable Ballard Festival!

Family-friendly, FREE, and full of surprises, the Sustainable Ballard Festival is celebrating its 11th year! Come sample Ballard craft brews and delicious bites, win prizes, catch live music on the solar-powered main stage, watch cooking demonstrations, test ride a cargo bike, make your own green cleaning product, and meet farm animals!

Reuse and Recycling is a dominant theme this year, with trash fashion, car-seat recycling, a kids bike and pet parade (we supply the re-purposed frippery), a local coffee cup campaign and more. Some all-time favorite exhibits will be back, plus more new activities, workshops, and hands-on games than ever before.

With more than 75 exhibits, the Sustainable Ballard Festival is a fantastically fun opportunity to learn together, get inspired, and discover new ways to live more lightly on the earth.

Volunteer registration for the Festival is now open. Sign up here! It feels great to volunteer!

Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Ballard Commons Park, 5701 - 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle
Contact: Jenny Heins: jenny@sustainableballard.org