Help decide how to spend $2 million on park and street improvements in Seattle

Submit ideas beginning January 28 thru February 22

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is again engaging community members to democratically decide how to spend $2 million of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. This is the third year of Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC): Parks & Streets.

Beginning January 28 to February 22, community members can submit an idea online at seattle.gov/yvyc or in-person at any Seattle Public Library branch. Projects could include park benches, trail improvements, flashing beacons, and curb ramps to name a few. The only criteria are the ideas be physical improvements for Seattle’s parks or streets, benefit the public, and cost $90,000 or less.

One of our neighbors, Damon May, submitted a project proposal to install a pedestrian-activated light at the intersection of 14th Ave NW and NW 53rd St. This east-west crossing would complement the signal installed at 15th Ave NW and NW 53rd to accommodate safe walking and bicycling between Central Ballard and the East Ballard neighborhood, plus provide a connection to the future north-south greenway on 6th Ave NW. You can provide your input on Damon’s proposal here:
https://nsf.consider.it/2019-218?results=true

What’s your great idea to improve streets and parks in East Ballard? If you submit an idea, please share with us and we’ll help spread the word!

Learn more about what types of projects are eligible: Idea Collection Examples.You can learn more about the YVYC process and how to get involved on the city’s webpage, and for questions, email amy.nguyen@seattle.gov.


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Play Streets in East Ballard

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This past year, Seattle Department of Transportation kicked off a pilot program to introduce Plays Streets in Seattle.

A play street closes a neighborhood street to traffic so that kids (and adults) can have more space for play and physical activity. School play streets provide additional space for recess or other special activities, like a field day. Community play streets help neighbors create more space for play during the summer or after school.

The summer has been successfully kicked off and we’ve heard that a very successful community play street along NW 58th St between 11th and 14th Ave NW has started up again this week and neighbors are inviting families in the ‘hood to join them and see what it’s like. Maybe it’ll inspire you to start up your own play street!

When: Every Thursday 5:30pm-9pm
Where: NW 58th St between 11th and 14th Ave NW
What: Come meet your neighbors, let the kids play in the street. Bicycles are welcome especially since it’s along the Greenway!

According to the Play streets map, there are a few more in the neighborhood. If you’d like us to help spread the word, please contact us!

 

Keep those Ballard Market receipts coming!

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The Happy Ballard Windermere Family

A big thank-you to Windermere Ballard  for saving up Ballard Market receipts for the EBCA! That big envelope of receipts you delivered to us the other day will result in a $245 donation from the Ballard Market as part of their 1% giving back to the community program!

Collecting receipts where you work is a great example of how you can make a really big impact on the East Ballard Community!  These funds will help us pay for upcoming community events, pay for watering/weeding of the median planters along 14th Ave NW and amenities for the future park.

So, keep those Ballard market receipts coming in!

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Shop at the Ballard Market and save your receipts
  2. Drop them off at Blowing Sands Glass (5805 14th Ave NW) or at a future EBCA event, like our next Adopt A Street Cleanup on May 14 from 10AM-1PM (more details to come)

It’s that easy! Start saving today to make a difference tomorrow!

SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund Program – CALL FOR PROJECTS

Do you have an idea for a transportation project in your community?

  

The Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program pays for transportation projects identified and prioritized by the community. Projects range from crossing improvements to creating unique public spaces. Learn about past projects.

What kinds of projects can be submitted?

Projects qualify if they meet the following criteria:

  • Large, but not too large (generally between $100,000 and $1 million to design and construct)
  • Related to transportation
  • Located within SDOT right-of-way (city streets and sidewalks)
  • Have the support of their local neighborhood District Council

Projects that change the number of lanes on a roadway or propose a change to traffic control (stop signs or traffic signals) must also be evaluated by SDOT for feasibility.

How can I learn more?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about the application process. SDOT staff will be attending District Council meetings in March to discuss the program. We encourage potential applicants to attend one of these meetings and to work with members of their District Council to develop their proposals. Once we confirm these and additional meetings, we’ll add them to our Upcoming Meetings page.

How are projects funded?
In November 2015, Seattle voters passed the Levy to Move Seattle. The 9-year, $930 million levy provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.

The levy includes $24M to continue the Neighborhood Street Fund program over the next 9 years.  Before 2016, funds for this program came from the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy, passed by voters in November 2006.

What’s the timeline from start to finish?

The NSF program will have three 3 year cycles to select, design, and build projects.  The schedule for the first of these cycles is as follows:

February 23, 2016 Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) call for applications
March 2016 Briefings for Neighborhood District Councils on NSF Program
April 17, 2016 Deadline for submitting NSF Proposals to SDOT
May 2016 Screening of proposals by SDOT and selection of 5 projects by each of the 13 Neighborhood District Councils for further evaluation
June – August 2016 SDOT conducts a high level design & cost estimate of the 65 projects selected by the neighborhood District Councils.
September 2016 Each Neighborhood District Council prioritizes its own list of projects.
September – October 2016 The Move Seattle Citizen Oversight Committee evaluates all proposed projects and makes funding recommendations to the Mayor & City Council.
November 2016 2017 Budget adopted
2017 SDOT designs projects
2018 SDOT builds projects

Questions?

If you have questions, additional translated material, or need help with accessing the application, please contact us at NSF@seattle.gov or 206-733-9361.

Greenwood explosion relief efforts

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photo courtesy of Seattle Times

In response to the explosion at 85th and Greenwood yesterday, the Phinney Neighborhood Association and the PNA Business Advisory Group have come together to create an action plan. They are in contact with the City and various community members and are consolidating information as they know more. We are grateful to be part of a community that quickly steps up to help.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to the fund for those affected by the explosion here. 100% of the money raised by the PNA will go directly to relief efforts.

Checks can be made out to Phinney Neighborhood Association with “Greenwood disaster relief” in the memo and sent to:

PNA – Greenwood Relief Fund
6532 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103

There are also several fundraising events starting today and through the next week that we invite you to participate to show your support for our neighbors. A complete list of activities and opportunities to volunteer are being kept up to date on the Phinney Neighborhood Center site, here. Some of these activities are right here in Ballard:

Lucky Envelope Brewing will be donating $1 from all full pours and $2 of all growler fills to the fund on Thursday, March 10 (3-9 pm), and will be accepting monetary donations for the fund for the next week.

Populuxe Brewing and Stoup Brewing will be donating $1 per pint to support relief efforts.

Domanico Cellars will be donating $1 for each glass and bottle they sell to help out the business that were affected.

 

Parks Need You, We Need You

We’re sharing this recent appeal from Groundswell NW, because they are the East Ballard Community Association’s mentor and fiscal sponsor. A tax-deductible donation from you today to Groundswell NW will go toward helping neighborhood groups like us continue to thrive.


 

Picture, for a moment, the last time you were in a Park. Maybe you were strolling through, walking your dog, taking your child to play, or seeking a peaceful spot to enjoy your morning coffee with a friend.

As you think about it, you realize that parks actually play a pretty important role in your life.  You Need Parks.

But have you thought about how much  Parks Need You ?

Parks Need You  to keep them clean and safe, to care for their plants and trees and bring your family and neighbors together to enjoy them.

Many of the parks, open spaces and habitat in NW Seattle are cared for and loved by community groups, like  Friends of Ballard Corners ParkEast Ballard Community AssociationFriends of Salmon Bay Natural AreaWhittier Heights Involved NeighborsFriends of Crown Hill GlenFriends of Sunset Hill-Shilshole GatewaySustainable BallardFriends of the Troll’s KnollFriends of Thyme Patch ParkBallard Greenways , and Friends of North Beach Park .

At  Groundswell NW, we’re honored to serve these community groups and many more in NW Seattle by providing mentorship, awarding microgrants, providing fiscal sponsorship, and advocating for your parks at the neighborhood and city level.

As much as these groups need us,  We Need You!  Show your support for  Groundswell NW  by making a year-end, tax deductible donation  today.

Thank you for your support, and on behalf of all of us at Groundswell NW, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Dawn Hemminger
President, Board of Directors

Support local artists during Seattle Sampling Dec 4-6

Seattle Sampling is Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts tour celebrating over 25 years of fabulous arts & crafts!

48 of Seattle’s top professional craftspeople, join to share their locally and nationally recognized work for a 3-day holiday weekend.  Select studios also showing Dec 12th and Dec 19th.

This free, self–guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments.

First Choice Friday
December 4th
4–9 pm
Join us for the sneak preview
of each Studio’s offering!

Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday
December 5th & 6th
10am – 5pm

Second Chance Saturdays
December 12th and/or December 19th
See map for participating studios and times