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Message From the Board President

We are thrilled to have Mayor Ed Murray as our guest speaker at our annual meeting. We are also excited to have the meeting in the Ballard Landmark (5433 Leary Ave NW); there are expected to be over 60 active, engaged senior residents in attendance in addition to our regular supporters. Please join us Tuesday, 4/8 at 6:30 PM for a lively meeting. We will have hosted tables from our affiliate groups with information about their great work in enhancing open space in Ballard. Mayor Ed Murray will begin speaking shortly after 7:00 PM.

We are actively looking for people to be board members for Groundswell NW. We'd love to have a few more energetic folks who would be willing to meet once per month for a potluck meal and meeting and help guide Groundswell NW into the future.

David Folweiler

Groundswell NW Events

Tue, 04/08: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to Speak at Annual Meeting

Join Groundswell NW and our partner organizations and members at our annual meeting, which will feature guest speaker Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. We'll have a lively discussion about the future of the Parks Department, including the possibility of a Metropolitan Parks District, as well as other important topics like the Missing Link and Neighborhood Greenways.

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Ballard Landmark, 5433 Leary Ave NW

Sat, 04/19: EBCA Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW

Join the EBCA and your neighbors for our bi-annual Cleanup event.

Meet over coffee & breakfast snack at Blowing Sands Glass.
Tidy up 14th Ave NW & care for the planters.
Come dressed for the weather.
Stay and have lunch donated by Ballard Market

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Sign in at Blowing Sands Glass, 5805 14th Ave NW
Contact: Shannon: 206-781-4398 or eastballard@gmail.com

Other Events

Sun, 04/06: Spring-fling-a-ding Mulch & Weed Extravaganza at Crown Hill Glen Natural Area

Please join Friends of Crown Hill Glen Natural Area for a spring-fling-a-ding mulch and feed extravaganza!

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: 8746 19th Ave NW
Contact: Amy Poisson, amylynn_98117@yahoo.com

Thu, 04/10: Crown Hill Spring Cleanup

May 10th 9am to noon - join the Crown Hill Business Association and Friends of Crown Hill Park - for the Crown Hill Spring Cleanup. Meet at Crown Hill Center 9250 14th Ave NW. We’ll have tools and gloves and bags, and have identified areas in the neighborhood that need cleaning up!

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Crown Hill Center 9250 14th Ave NW
Contact: Catherine Weatbrook, catherine.weatbrook@gmail.com

Sat, 04/12: Baseball Diamond Cleanup

Saturday April 12th, at 5pm, after the NW Little League T-Ball games are done for the day, Friends of Crown Hill Park, in conjunction with NWLL, will be holding a quick cleanup of the baseball field and stands, and a pulling of the weeds along the 1st and 3rd baselines and fences. Let’s get the season off to an extra cleaned-up start! Meet behind the backstop at 14th Ave NW and NW 92nd. Bring your gloves and a favorite weeding tool. Many hands, make light work!

Time: 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: 14th Ave NW and NW 92nd
Contact: Catherine Weatbrook catherine.weatbrook@gmail.com

Sat, 04/12: Golden Gardens Forest Restoration

Volunteers needed to restore the forest at Golden Gardens Park. Second Saturday of every month from 9-12 am (April 12, 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, 04/26: See RainWise Homes

Since 2010, over 250 NW Seattle neighbors have gotten RainWise! They're helping Puget Sound while enjoying beautiful and functional landscaping and using stored rainwater for watering gardens - with an average of 70% of the cost paid for by the RainWise program.

Why the big rebates? RainWise property owners are helping slow and clean rain runoff from their property. This helps our Puget Sound - with every storm, rain falling on roofs, driveways, and other hard surfaces carries pollutants to the nearest drain or stream. And in big storms, this excess “storm water” can also cause sewer overflows that pollute Puget Sound.

At this stop you'll see a RainWise installation complete with a raingarden and five cisterns, learn about the program, and find out about your eligibility. (RainWise will be available to most Seattle property  owners by 2018.)

Tours of the RainWise installation will be available throughout the day. Come by and get all your questions answered about the RainWise program, and learn how the rebates work. You can also pick up a map to other RainWise installations around NW Seattle that are open for viewing on tour day. You'll be able to check out installations by many different RainWise contractors, see creative solutions to various site challenges, and get inspired with ideas for your own RainWise installation.\

Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Stop #N9 on the Northwest Green Home Tour: 2034 NW 60th St
Contact: Jenny Heins; jenny@sustainableballard.org

Wed, 05/07: Ballard Urban Design Open House

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is working with the community to address changes in Ballard and help create a vision that will shape growth and guide new development.

We are at the beginning of our work, gathering your thoughts on the opportunities and issues now and in the future. We will use your ideas to shape recommendations.

Please attend our open house, with presentations at 5:30 and 6:30.

Get engaged online!

Participate online in a conversation to create a vision that will shape growth and new development in Ballard.

  1. Visit Imagine Seattle
  2. Give input on a number of topics from open space to housing affordability in Ballard
  3. Share your ideas through social media
  4. Learn more at the project website
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW
Contact: David Goldberg, (206) 615-1447, davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov; or Aditi Kambuj, (206) 615-7911, aditi.kambuj@seattle.gov