Ballard Natural Drainage
All documents are in Adobe PDF format
- Public Open House Display Board (60% design phase) – February 2015
- Map of proposed rain garden locations (early design phase) - August 2014
- Public meeting presentation – Summer 2013
- Display boards – Summer 2013
- Display boards – Winter 2013
- Survey results – Winter 2013
- Public meeting presentation – Fall 2012
- Questions and comments – Fall 2012
- Display boards – Fall 2012
- Ballard Neighborhood Greenway (SDOT Program)
- Green Stormwater Infrastructure FAQ
- Green Stormwater Infrastructure Annual Report (2013)
February 24, 2015
Thank you to everyone who joined us at last night’s open house. In case you missed the meeting, the display boards can be found below or in the right-hand sidebar under “Project Materials”.
- Open House Display Boards (pdf)
- Map of proposed rain garden locations
- Section Views of Rain Gardens
- Updated Plant Palette Concepts
- Ballard NDS FAQ (pdf)
The project team will continue refining the design through spring and summer, and construction is anticipated to begin in late summer 2015.
Project Update Open House - February 3, 2015
Please join us at a project open house on February 23, 2015 to:
- Hear project and location updates from the design team
- Review planting concepts
- Chat one-on-one with the project team
When: Monday, February 23, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th Street
Neighborhood Block Meetings – August 2014
In August 2014, the project team met with each proposed project area block to discuss the planting palettes and take input on concepts for the block and individual rain garden locations.
Project Area Blocks Identified – January 2014
Thanks to everyone who has provided input to site and plan the Ballard Natural Drainage Systems (NDS) project. Your input will help to make sure we design and build the best project possible.
In 2014, we will continue investigating underground utilities and soil conditions at the preferred garden locations and gather input about the design, including specific locations for rain gardens, access points to your home, preferences for plant palettes, and other design issues.
Walk and Talk on Your Block – September 28-29, 2013
We walked around with residents of these blocks in September 2013 to gain specific information about trees, plantings, parking concerns and other important information.
Over the summer of 2013 we visited Ballard neighbors several times door-to-door to gather input from residents on these blocks. We’ve heard and recorded concerns and comments about trees and plantings, parking, and many other things important to residents and property owners. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to share information with us. The project team is receiving valuable updates every week from Ballard residents and it’s helping us to develop options that address resident concerns.
Third Public Meeting – June 5, 2013
View the presentation (pdf)
Second Public Meeting – Feb. 12, 2013
If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, please take a look at the display boards (pdf).
See the timeline for the technical analysis and public involvement process (pdf).
See the results of the December 2012 survey (pdf).
First Public Meeting – Oct. 2, 2012
View the October 2 presentation (pdf).
Read the questions and comments from the meeting (pdf).
The project to construct natural drainage (roadside rain gardens) began in 2009. The Phase 1 rain gardens were installed in the public right-of-way between NW 65th Street and NW 80th Street and 28th Avenue NW and 31st Avenue NW in Ballard. See the Phase 1 project map (pdf).
Rain gardens are designed with carefully mixed biorentention soils and densely planted vegetation, to infiltrate and filter stormwater flowing from the sidewalks and roadway, while also providing attractive landscaping. Rain gardens are located within existing city-owned planting strips, and, in some cases, may extend slightly into roadways.
If you live in Ballard and would like to explore the possibility of having a roadside rain garden installed by the city, please send your name, address, phone number and email address to the project manager at SPU_roadside_rain_gardens@seattle.gov. Your block may be considered for a future project.
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