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Message From the Board President

The Ballard Open Space Plan has shifted into high gear. Please take time to fill out Ballard Open Space Plan survey.

We held our Discovery Day recently and generated great energy to begin the systematic inventory of our neighborhood.  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.

Discover day

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.

The Seattle Parks for All campaign is also ramping up.  We strongly urge you to vote yes for Proposition 1 for the new Parks District on the August 5th ballot. Seattle Proposition 1 creates permanent, dedicated funding for our beloved parks. 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.  We know parks are important to you.  Please show your support!  Are you willing to host a yard sign?

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.

Ballard Boys & Girls Club Microgrant Results

What a great day in Ballard on Saturday May 17th. The B&G Club built 5 raised beds on the north side of the club and planted three of the beds with freshly sprouted starts from our club kids. Two beds have been left ready for the kids to plant as new starts come up in the club. We have also prepared 4 containers for cherry tomato plants, sunflowers, basil & other herbs that the kids will plant in the next few weeks.

Thank you all for your help and especially those of you who have no previous relationship to the Ballard Boys and Girls Club. I encourage you all to keep an eye on the beds, pots and the club as we grow into this new club project you were all instrumental in getting in the ground.

Groundswell NW Events

Mon, 07/07: Sunset Hill - Shilshole Gateway Workparty

Join us to help weed the 36th Ave NW median ends, keeping sight lines open and our landscaping efforts looking good! Wear working clothes and bring any favorite weeding tools and water - we'll have yard waste bags, tools, safety vests, some gloves and light refreshments. We'll focus on the south end, but it would be great to have enough to work both ends!

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: 36th Ave NW median, just north of 60th and south of 62nd
Contact: Dave Boyd, 206 498-6636, dave.boyd1@comcast.net

Sat, 07/12: 7th Annual Phinney Ditch Block Party

Huge blowout block party in East Ballard! Cream pie jousting, spam carving, bouncy house, curiosities, sno kones, Barbarian noodle wars, dodge ball, slip n' slide, BBQ potluck, art, beer, food and more...

Time: 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: 6226 6th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Wed, 07/16: Salmon Bay Natural Area Workparty

Please join us to weed, prune and pick-up litter to keep this site safe and enjoyable for all. Wear work clothes and bring any favorite weeding tools and water - we'll provide trash and yard waste bags, tools, some gloves and light refreshments. If we get enough volunteers, we'll send folks up and down the trail to do clean-up and weeding there, too.

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: The west end of The Canal parking lot, south of NW 54th St. at 34th Ave NW
Contact: Dave Boyd, 206 498-6636, dave.boyd1@comcast.net

Wed, 07/16: Troll's Knoll Park Public Meeting

This will be the 2nd public meeting for the Troll's Knoll Park. the first public meeting was held on June 11, 2014. Attendees took the opportunity to share ideas, give suggestions, and learn about the upcoming project.

The design team presented on site analysis, reviewed the Opportunity Fund plan and provided an concept alternative to the community at this meeting. A short survey was developed to gather additional feedback from community members. We look forward to your continued participation.

The park plans will include a P-Patch Community Garden, which will be administered by Department of Neighborhoods.

Parks is continuing to collect feedback for the design of this park. Please answer the survey.

Time: 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Location: Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N
Contact: Jeron Gates 206-255-4051 jeron.gates@seattle.gov

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

Other Events

Sat, 07/05: Salmon Journey at the Locks

Join us this season to learn about the epic journey that takes place every year as salmon swim from the ocean, through the Chittenden Locks, through Lake Washington, and up the Cedar River to spawn. The Cedar River hosts Chinook, sockeye and coho salmon among other fish species. Come join us at the Ballard Locks this summer!

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Hiram Chittendon (Ballard) Locks, 3015 NW 54th St., at the fish ladder (south side)
Contact: Charlotte Spang, 206.792.5851, charlotte@cedarriver.org

Sat, 07/12: Missing Link Street Clean-up

Join the Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail for an Adopt-a-Street clean-up of NW 45th St and Shilshole Ave NW from 11th Ave to 24th. Wear work clothes and bring water - safety vests, gloves, trash bags and tools will be provided. Please RSVP, and feel free to call the contact # if you need to join us late, and we'll let you know where we are.

Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Meet outside Salmon Bay Cafe, 5109 Shilshole Ave NW
Contact: Ben Peterson, 206-261-3951, benpeterson21@yahoo.com

Sat, 07/12: Golden Gardens Forest Restoration

Volunteers needed to restore the forest at Golden Gardens Park. Second Saturday of every month from 9-12 am (July 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, 07/12: Heaven and Earth VI: Opening Reception

In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has orchestrated an exhibition of temporary artwork in the forest of Carkeek Park for the sixth consecutive year, from July 12, 2014 - October 20.

For more info, click here.

Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 1000 Carkeek Park Road

Sat, 07/19: 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, 07/26: Weeding and Salmon Viewing

Bring your family and friends out to Commodore Park this summer to restore this ship canal shoreline park with Friends of the Cedar River Watershed through the Green Seattle Partnership! Commodore Park is just south of the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks, with a great view of the Locks and ship canal leading into Puget Sound. Volunteers will weed invasive plants from the park in preparation for the planting of a diversity of native plants in the fall. During and after the event, volunteers will have the opportunity to visit the Locks to see salmon passing through the fish ladder on their way from the ocean to Lake Washington! Salmon Journey naturalists will be onsite at the Locks and fish ladder to talk to volunteers about the fish passing through the ladder and about the amazing journey of salmon. Come to to improve habitat and see salmon!

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Commodore Park, 3330 W Commodore Wy. Park in the main lot or on the street and meet in the grassy area next to the lot.
Contact: Email Amy Kaeser, amy@cedarriver.org, and list name and # of people to sign up.