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Message From the Board President

Happy Fall to you all!

The Ballard Open Space Plan is entering its final phase. We have collected the data and it's now being analyzed by our consultants. We hope to have a final report in January.

A new open space opportunity has emerged as the result of a new Greenway being proposed for 17th Ave NW. The Greenway will connect from 17th Ave NW to Ballard Ave via Dock Place. Where the Greenway turns at that overly large and confusing intersection, SDOT is proposing a realignment of the traffic along 17th that would create some new open space. We would love to hear what you'd like to see there. A plaza with trees and benches? Giant chess board? Art on the pavement?

Public space improvements

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

Sat, 11/01: Work Party at Ballard Corners Park

Please join us for a work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW & NW 63rd Street) on Saturday, November, 1st from 9am-2pm, rain or shine.

We'll be weeding, pruning, planting daffodil bulbs, and cleaning up debris. Many hands make light (and lighthearted!) work! We look forward to seeing you there. Some tools and refreshments will be provided. If you have your own gloves and tools please bring them. Any questions, please contact Gabriella: gabriella@seanet.com or (206) 782-3238.

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW & NW 63rd Street)
Contact: Gabriella: gabriella@seanet.com or (206) 782-3238

Other Events

Sat, 10/11: Golden Gardens Park Work Party

Volunteers needed to restore the forest at Golden Gardens Park.   Second Saturday of every month from 9-12 am (October 11, 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 parking lot.
Contact: Doug Gresham, doug@greshamenvironmental.com

Sat, 10/11: Native Plant Sale

This event gives you the opportunity to buy native plants for your yard/garden and promote a natural habitat in our community. Neighbors whose homes adjoin Kiwanis Ravine can add native plants like those in the Ravine to their landscaping.

The sale event is open to all! Take advantage of special pricing that also supports Heron Habitat Helpers! Hope to see you there!

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Commodore Park
Contact: info@heronhelpers.org

Sun, 10/12: Native Plant Sale

This event gives you the opportunity to buy native plants for your yard/garden and promote a natural habitat in our community. Neighbors whose homes adjoin Kiwanis Ravine can add native plants like those in the Ravine to their landscaping.

The sale event is open to all! Take advantage of special pricing that also supports Heron Habitat Helpers! Hope to see you there!

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Kiwanis Ravine Overlook, 36th Ave W & Ohman Place
Contact: info@heronhelpers.org

Sun, 10/12: Ballard Tree Walk

Join Tree Ambassadors Diana and Nancy on short fall walk around Ballard to explore some of the neighborhoods more interesting and beautiful trees. Fall is a great time to discover new tree treasures in your neighborhood. See you there rain or shine! For questions email TreeAmbassador@seattle.gov or call 206.615.1668.

Please RSVP here.

Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW)
Contact: TreeAmbassador@seattle.gov

Tue, 10/14: TreePAC Annual Party / Meeting

What: TreePAC Annual Party (er, uh, membership meeting) and fundraiser

When: Tuesday, October 14th, 5-7pm

Where: Watershed Pub, Northgate Area, 10104 3rd Ave NE 98125. TreePAC signs will be out

Why: Join Cass to celebrate our successes, bemoan our failures, and reaffirm our faith in the cause.

With: Good pub food, libations, and like minds. On tap are brief speeches and a custom trivia quiz.

More Info: Go to TreePAC.org or call Cass @ 206-783-9093.

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Watership Pub, 10104 3rd Ave NE 98125
Contact: Cass, 206-783-9093

Sat, 10/18: 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. See website for details.
Contact: Loren McElvain, 206 782 7617, l.j.mcelvain@gmail.com

Thu, 10/30: Get RainWise - Free Workshop

Get RainWise - Free Workshop on Thursday, 10/30, 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

  • Find out about RainWise Rebates – a City of Seattle program that will pay up to 100% rebate for rain gardens and cisterns on your property.  Check here to find out if you are eligible.
  • Learn how rain gardens and cisterns help manage storm water and protect Puget Sound.
  • Hear from property owners who have already taken advantage of this great program!
  • Meet RainWise-trained contractors who can create beautiful rain gardens and cistern installations and walk you through the whole process.
  • See a variety of examples of RainWise installations.
  • Get your questions answered! RainWise might even be able to help you with a wet basement.

Parking available in Library parking garage, just off NW 57th.

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Ballard Public Library, 5614 - 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle
Contact: Jenny Heins: jenny@sustainableballard.org

Thu, 11/06: Ballard Urban Design Framework Open House 2

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is working with neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF).  The UDF will establish the desired design qualities for the central Ballard area, and examine how development regulations can better shape growth in ways that reflect those qualities.

At a public meeting this last May, the community expressed their views on the character of growth in the Ballard core.  The community overwhelmingly loves that Ballard is a beautiful, walkable neighborhood where one can visit the great variety of shops, restaurants and parks.  However, the community is also concerned that a number of recent high-density projects being built in the area do not contribute Ballard’s character.  DPD and the Ballard Partnership’s Urban Design and Transportation Committee have worked since May, to define responses to this central issue.  On Thursday, November 6, from 5:30 – 7:30, at the Ballard Library, DPD will present the initial strategies to better guide development in the Ballard core.  Our strategies address the bulk and character of development, streetscape design, and public/private open space within the areas shown in orange in this link.

Time: 5:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Location: Ballard Public Library, 5614 - 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle
Contact: David W. Goldberg at 206.615.1447, or davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov

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