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Message From the Board President

The skies have opened and our winter rains are replenishing our aquifers. Welcome to the rainy season in the Pacific NW!

We are hoping to get a board member on the new Citizens' Oversight Committee for the newly forming Parks District.

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.

Be sure to look at the events below for several volunteer opportunities to help maintain our green spaces.

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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

Sat, 11/01: Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW

East Ballard Community Association Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW
Sat November 1, Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Blowing Sands Glass, 5805 14th Ave NW
Contact: eastballard@gmail.com

Other Events

Sat, 11/01: Sustainable Ballard Halloween Party

Something's Brewing for Sustainable Ballard!

Join Sunergy Systems on Saturday, November 1st for a fundraising party benefitting our long-standing partner in the sustainable community, Sustainable Ballard! For a suggestion donation of $15, come join us for a spooky good time, tasty bits and cauldrons of perfect potions.Costume Contest with Prizes!

  • Live Pumpkin Carving!
  • Spider Web Maze!
  • Pumpkin Golf!  Dancing to classics, latest electronic music...
  • and more!

7:30 pm until the last vampire leaves! 21 and over please. Costume not required.

Hosted by: Sunergy Systems, 4546 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA  98107

Carpooling and UBER recommended!

RSVP today!

Time: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Sunergy Systems, 4546 Leary Way NW
Contact: Jenny Heins(206) 384-0053

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

Sat, 11/08: Green Seattle Day at Golden Gardens Park

Volunteers needed for Green Seattle Day at Golden Gardens Park. Second Saturday of November from 9-12 am (November 8, 2014).

Give something back to the community by planting native species in the forest and making better wildlife habitat. 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.

Thu, 11/13: Central Ballard Residents Association Meeting

Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) will meet on Thursday, November 13, at 7 p.m. at Ballard at Swedish Hospital in the Cafeteria Conference room off the cafeteria in the main hospital.

Dan Johnson, Seattle Parks Division Director, and Patrick Merriam, Acting North and Central West Park Resource Manager, will attend the meeting and discuss the current and future status of parks for the Ballard area.

Please join us!

Time: 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Location: Ballard Swedish Hospital, Cafeteria Conference Room
Contact: Mike Kahrs, cbra@kahrslawfirm.com

Sat, 11/15: Carkeek Stars

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

Sun, 11/30: Substations as Open Space

The following are potential open spaces that may be sold (or are being sold) by Seattle City Light. Please come to a Seattle Green Spaces Coalition meeting to discuss what you think should be done with these open spaces. Follow the KIRO News link below to see what is happening to one open space. As "rate payers" of Seattle City Light, bring your ideas to help preserve some of the others!

Green Lake Substation, 949 N. 80th St., For Sale Now! This was a beautiful green space with mature trees and growth in 2013. Take a look at it on the KIRO News link here.
North Beach Substation, 9407 19th Ave. NW,
Loyal Heights Substation, 7750 28th Ave. NW, mature rhodies, azaleas, pines and two large cherry trees. There is more land (vacant) inside the fence
North Beach Substation 9407 19th Ave NW
Olympic Hill Substation 8032 15th NW
Ballard Substation, 6730 24th Ave. NW
Monroe Substation, 1407 NW 65th St.
Olympic Hill Substation, 8032 15th Ave. NW
Sunset Substation, 3209 NW 65th St. –
Market Street Substation, 2826 NW Market St. – Nice place for a community garden for the surrounding condos. What do you think? Excess property includes equal sized area behind the fence
Leary Substation, 1414 NW Leary St.
Phinney Substation, 6109 Phinney Ave. N – Nice place for a community garden. Low income housing has been considered in the past.

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW
Contact: Mar Fleck, maryfleckws@gmail.com