A few months ago, SDOT removed over 30 planters from 3rd Ave in downtown Seattle and asked the folks in Ballard if they would be interested in finding them a new home. Immediately, 14th Ave NW popped into our heads. Why is this such a great idea? Let us count the ways….
- Beautification – plantings and art along the medians would instantly and affordably transform 14th Ave NW into a more beautiful and walkable boulevard.
- Collaboration - the design, planting, and maintenance program would deepen connections between neighbors, local businesses and our schools, fostering pride of ownership and a sense of belonging in the community.
- Recycling – reuse of the discarded planters keeps them from sitting in storage, or worse, from being sent to the landfill.
- Safety – the planters would be installed at the median ends to create a buffer between the parked vehicles and those crossing at the intersections. Maintenance parties will also provide the community with an opportunity to regularly monitor and address safety concerns.
Help us right now with your volunteer pledge!
To kickstart this project, we’re applying for a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Matching Grant due at the end of August.
We need pledges for volunteer hours, services, and/or material donations from our community to provide with our grant application. We have already received verbal pledges from local businesses and schools for materials, consulting and meeting spaces, but we need more to match what we’ll be asking for our grant, which could be a max of $15,000!
Please take a moment right now to make your volunteer pledge online at SurveyMonkey. There’s no money necessary, just your time!
If you already plan to donate a few hours in October this year and April next year for Adopt A Street Cleanup on 14th, you can include these hours in your pledge!