Open Space Plan

Groundswell Northwest has received a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Matching Fund grant to inventory open space in Ballard, and that includes Crown Hill. Are there open space, park, natural areas in Crown Hill, Blue Ridge, Olympic Manor, North Beach that you would like to see established, or improved?

There will be lots of opportunity for public input. The first opportunity is the open house, Thursday, May 29th at the Ballard Library at 6 PM.

This evening, we will be holding an open house to help shape the future of open space in the Ballard District.  Please join us on Thursday, May 29th at 6 PM at the Ballard Library.  The open house will run until 7:30 PM.

Funded by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Groundswell NW is assessing our community’s open space current capacity and future open space needs.  The Ballard Open Space Plan is a community-driven initiative that will improve livability in the Ballard and Crown Hill areas through fostering an open dialogue about public open space. We’re updating the 1996 inventory, which led to the creation of parks like Thyme Patch Park, Kirke Park, Ballard Commons Park, and Ballard Corners Park. 

At tonight’s open house, we’ll share the goals of the Ballard Open Space Plan, take input on your ideas for open space in individual neighborhoods within the greater Ballard community, and explain how you can get involved. 

We’re recruiting people for our Discovery Day on June 14th, where volunteers will hit the pavement throughout Ballard using smartphones and/or maps to identify opportunities for new parks and public spaces. Open space includes parks, trails, rights-of-way, public art, natural areas, spaces for events and festivals, and other green infrastructure . 

We look forward to hearing what open space means to you!