Ballard Natural Drainage
We’re walking and talking with residents on the most-promising streets in September. If you live on one of these streets (pdf) you should have received an invitation to a “walk and talk.” Please join us, or let us know if you can’t make it.
Over the summer, we’ve been knocking on doors to gather input from residents on these blocks. We’ve heard about trees and plantings, parking concerns, and many other things important to residents. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to share information with us. The project team is receiving updates every week and it’s helping us to develop options that address resident concerns.
How natural drainage filters pollutants (Sightline article)
Third Public Meeting – June 5, 2013
If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, take a look at the information presented about the project:
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 raingardens) began in 2009. Drainage swales were installed in the public right-of-way across 10 city blocks between NW 65th Street and NW 80th Street and 28th Avenue NW and 31st Avenue NW in Ballard. See the project map (pdf).
The rain gardens are designed with soils and densely planted vegetation to infiltrate and filter stormwater flowing from the roadway, while providing attractive landscaping. Rain gardens are located within existing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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