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East Ballard sprouts planter boxes on 14th Avenue N.W.
Community members utilize Neighborhood Matching Fund for area improvement

May 4, 2010 (Seattle, WA) Before the East Ballard Community Associations Planting Partnerships Project, 14th Ave. NW was split with medians that were difficult for drivers and pedestrians alike, offering only bland concrete spacing with poor visibility between the nearby traffic and parked cars. Now, with the help of a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) award, the association and its supportive community members have finished the process of installing functional and beautiful planters between the NW 59th and 63rd intersections of the street. "The purpose for this project is to not only beautify our neighborhood, but to partner with our neighbors, schools and businesses to enhance our quality of life and add a sense of belonging in the East Ballard community," said project coordinator Dawn Hemminger.

A few years ago, community members joined together to form the Steering Committee for the 14th Ave NW Visioning project and discussed ways to clear up the busy streets and make them safer for all those who travel on them. One idea was to install planters to help beautify 14th Avenue NW and quell the traffic and accident problems on the street.

With an NMF award of $14,576 in hand, along with an additional $20,075 in resources, cash, and volunteer hours proposed by East Ballard, residents and project members have recently completed installation of all 23 planters. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities left to get involved with the upkeep of the planter box project! To follow the progress and hear more about involvement opportunities, visit their blog at http://www.eastballard.wordpress.com.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods' Neighborhood Matching Fund Program (NMF) was created in 1988. All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with the City. Every award is matched by neighborhoods or communities resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash. Since the program was created 22 years ago, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded over $45 million with a community match of more than $64 million. Projects have involved a total of nearly 78,600 volunteers who have donated over 400,000 work hours.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides programs and service that engage residents in civic participation, foster stronger communities, make government more accessible, and preserve and enhance the character of Seattles neighborhoods.

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