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Message From the Board President

Please vote yes on Prop. 1 to create a long-term, sustainable funding solution for Parks in Seattle!


  • Seattle has one of the great park systems in America. Our parks contribute so much to our quality of life and provide programs and services for people across our city at all age and income levels.
  • Our parks make each neighborhood special and Seattle a great place to live.
  • There is a $267 million major maintenance backlog for our parks. Right now, many of our community centers are open only 25 hours a week. We can do better.
  • All this critical work will cost the owner of a $400,000 home $4 a month more than the expiring parks levy.

Remember to return your ballot by 8/5!

The Ballard Open Space Plan will be finishing its survey and inventory this month. Please take time to fill out Ballard Open Space Plan survey.  We're asking for help identifying existing and potential open space.  You can assist by using paper inventories or the smartphone app.  Or you can just reply to this email to tell us your thoughts.

In an effort to build upon the 1996 Open Space Plan, Groundswell NW volunteers are inventorying the existing assets and potential new assets for additional parks and open space in Ballard.

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.

Groundswell NW Events

Tue, 08/05: Vote Yes for Proposition 1!

We strongly urge you to vote yes for Proposition 1 for the new Parks District on the August 5th ballot.

Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Contact: David Folweiler - david@folweiler.com

Sat, 08/09: 36th Ave NW Median Workparty

Please join us for ongoing weeding of the ends of the 36th Ave NW median that we landscaped and continue to maintain. We'll start at the north, just south of NW 62nd St., to keep the sightlines at that busy intersection clear. If we have enough volunteers, some can tackle the south end, just north of 60th, and we could even send a crew down toward the Burke Gilman Trail.

Wear work clothes and bring water and any favorite weeding tools. We'll provide safety vests, some gloves, tools and light refreshments.

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: 36th Ave NW median, just south of 62nd and just north of 60th
Contact: Dave Boyd, 206 498-6636 or dave.boyd1@comcast.net

Thu, 08/14: Groundswell NW Beer Tasting

Taste great beer and help NW Seattle parks! Join us at Reuben's Brews in Ballard for a fundraising beer tasting. $1 for each pint purchased goes to Groundswell NW to benefit parks in Ballard and NW Seattle.

So invite your friends and come enjoy beer and summer in Ballard.

Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: 1406 NW 53rd St, Seattle
Contact: Carol Beers, beers90@gmail.com

Other Events

Mon, 08/04: Tree for Neighborhoods

The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods planted over 4,000 trees in yards and along streets. That's 4,000 more trees Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sat, 08/16: 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

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