Get inspired about building community at Groundswell NW’s April 7 Annual Meeting and Dessert Potluck

30 03 2013


Groundswell NW (EBCA’s fiscal sponsor and mentoring organization) will be welcoming Pomegranate Center founder Milenko Matanovic to Ballard, as the featured speaker at their Annual meeting and dessert potluck, Sunday, April 7 from 6 pm – 8pm at the Sunset Hill Community Association.

Dawn Hemminger, Groundswell NW Board Member and EBCA leader, will also give her talk on “How to Grow a Park”. She previously presented this talk at IgniteSeattle and it was well received.

All are welcome to come and learn about a style of community-building that combines a creative approach with effective community planning, broad public participation, hands-on learning and leadership development.

Groundswell NW will also present their annual “Local Heroes” awards, where they recognize our fellow Ballardites’ efforts to create and enhance parks, public spaces, and habitat in our community.

Representatives from current Groundswell NW-sponsored projects, such as the 14th Ave NW Park Boulevard and Shilshole Gateway, will also be on hand to talk about the progress of their projects.

While this is Groundswell NW’s annual membership meeting, it is a public event open to all. This will also be a good opportunity to renew your membership or join! Donations of desserts for the potluck are also welcome, but not required.

Groundswell NW Annual Meeting and Dessert Potluck
April 7, 2013 6pm-8pm
Sunset Hill Community Assocation – 3003 NW 66th St
Contact David Folweiler – – 206-714-4271 for more information



Show your support for Safe at 62nd & other proposed neighborhood projects at Ballard District Council this Wednesday

6 01 2013

The 2006 Bridging the Gap Levy provided nearly $300M to construct a host of transportation improvements in Seattle. One component of the levy is the NSF (Neighborhood Streets Fund).  During the nine year life of the levy, three opportunities for citizens and community groups were provided through the NSF to suggest needed transportation improvements in their neighborhood.  The last of these three $4.5M funding cycles occurs this year.  SDOT received nine proposals from the Ballard district by the December 17, 2012 deadline.   Each district council must now select only three projects in their district which will be forwarded to SDOT for cost and feasibility analysis.  Each of the nine project proponents will be given up to five minutes to present their proposal at Wednesday evening’s Ballard District Council. We encourage you to attend this public meeting to show your support.

Ballard District Council
Wednesday Jan 9, 2013 7pm-9pm
Ballard Library – 5614 22nd NW

Projects presenting  (5 minutes each):

  • Kirke Park rain garden and traffic control
  • Sidewalk – 13 NW (Holman Road to NW 100)
  • Safe routes to Holman Road transit corridor
  • Traffic circle – Leary Ave at Vernon NW
  • Sidewalks – West Crown Hill
  • Safe at 62 – crosswalk at NW 62nd and 14th Ave NW – EBCA’s Aaron Solorzano will be presenting
  • Safety improvements to intersection at 3 NW and NW 56 – Near Woodland Elementary
  • Threading the Needle – 24th Ave NW street-end park
  • Sunset Hill Shilshole Gateway Phase 2 improvements

Later in the meeting (~8:10pm), the Ballard District Council NSF Review Committee will present its recommendations for projects to be selected.  This will be followed by a balloting process involving Ballard District Council member reps.

Click here to view the full agenda for this week’s Ballard District Council Meeting.

“How to Grow a Park” at Ignite Seattle this Thursday

3 11 2012

EBCA co-chair and Groundswell NW board member, Dawn Hemminger, will be presenting at Seattle Ignite 18  this Thursday on How to Grow a Park.  She will be sharing the story of the 14th Ave NW Park and the 6 key steps her community has followed to take this idea and turn it into reality. For more information, and a full list of all the speakers, check out

Time: 8:00 PM  (doors open at 6:30)
Location: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle
Tickets: $5 online or at the door