Groundswell NW records, 1989-2012

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Groundswell NW
Title
Groundswell NW records
Dates
1989-2012 (inclusive)
1989-1997 (bulk)
Quantity
5.67 cubic feet (7 boxes) plus 1 oversize folder
Collection Number
5894 (Accession No. 5894-001)
Summary
Materials related to the organization and working of Groundswell NW in Seattle
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Groundswell NW was founded in 1989 after Lillian Riley noticed children in her Ballard neighborhood playing in a construction pit. Inspired to make northwest Seattle a greener and more livable community, Riley and a group of volunteers created Groundswell NW. Over the course of twenty years, this nonprofit organization worked to create or improve fourteen different parks: the award-winning Webster Park, Baker Park, Crown Hill Glen Natural Area, Greg’s Garden P-Patch, Thyme Patch Park & P-Patch, Ballard Commons and skate park, Salmon Bay Natural Area, Ballard Corners, 6th Avenue Pocket Park, Salmon Bay School Sports Field, Kirke Park, 14th Avenue NW Park, Hazel Heights P-Patch, and Soundview Playground.

In 2009, the City of Seattle recognized Lillian Riley with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Administrative records for Groundswell NW, including documents related to grants and fundraising, surveys, events, membership and community organizing, photographs, posters and architectural drawings. Most materials relate to Groundswell NW's first project, the Webster Park project, but also include several subsequent projects.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Arranged in 7 series.

  • Baker Park
  • Groundswell NW
  • Webster Playground
  • Photos
  • Designs and drawings

Acquisition Information

Lillian Riley, 2015-02-23

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Baker Park Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Communication
1996-1997
1/2
Contract agreement
1987-1996
1/3
Financial
1995-1997
1/4
Flyers and Progress Reports
1995-1997
1/5
Media
1994-1996
1/6
Timeline
1997
1/7
Planning
1993-1997
1/8
Neighborhood Matching Fund
1997

Groundswell NW Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/9
ADA Requirements
Undated
1/10
Appeal Letters
1989-2011
1/11
Articles of Incorporation
1992
1/12
Awards
1998
1/13
Ballard maps used for acquisition
Undated
1/14
Board of Directors
1995-1998
1/15
Brochure
1989-1993
1/16
Business Licenses
1993-1995
1/17
Bylaws
1993
1/18
Communication
Undated
1/19
Communication
1990
1/20
Communication
1991-2000
1/21
Communication
2007
1/22
Communication
2009
1/23
Communication
2010
1/24
Communication
2011
1/25
Communication
2012
1/26
Communication
2013
1/27
Communication-Thank You
1995-1997
1/28
Complan
1991
1/29
Contact Info.
Undated
1/30
Financial Records
1991-1998
1/31
Financial – Income & Expenses
1993-2000
1/32
Flyers
Undated
1/33
Fundraising ideas & sources
Undated
1/34
Goals
1998
1/35
Grants
1999
1/36
Grant Ideas
1994-1997
1/37
Hazel Heights
2010
1/38
History
1991-1993
1/39
Impetus for GSNW
Undated
1/40
Interns
1990
1/41
Landerholm P-Patch
1998-1999
1/42
Lillian Riley-personal notes
Undated
1/43
Meeting Agendas
1993-1995
1/44
Media
199-2009
1/45
Membership
1993-1994
1/46
Membership
1995-1997
1/47
Minutes
1989-2000
1/48
Monkey Puzzle Park
2010
1/49
Monkey Puzzle Funding
2010
1/50
News & Annual Reports
1994-2013
1/51
Newsletter Prep
Undated
1/52
Objectives
1992
1/53
Original Conversations
1992-
1/54
Other Groundswells
1995-1997
2/1
Open Space & Park Inventory BOSC
Undated
2/2
Permit Process
1999
2/3
Petition
1989
2/4
Petition
1991-1992
2/5
Pledges and Resources
1994-1995
2/6
Plumis Park
1998
2/7
Seattle Dept. of Parks and Rec
1989-1994-
2/8
Seattle School Board
1990-1997
2/9
Seattle School District Memos
1981-1990
2/10
Shilshole Research
Undated
2/11
Shoreline Improvement
Undated
2/12
Song
Undated
2/13
Street Ends
1999-2000
2/14
Tax Free Status
1993
2/15
Vandalism
1998
2/16
“Walking” lists
Undated

Webster Playground Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/17
Adopt-A-Park Registration
1996
2/18
Art – Charles Bigger
1996-1997
2/19
Art Details
Undated
2/20
Attorney Consultation
1991-1992
2/21
Authorization & Contracts
1995
2/22
Awards
1993-1998
2/23
Ball Wall
1997
2/24
Bates, Doug – Notes
1995
2/25
Bids and Contracts
1993-1997
2/26
Brochure Prep
1995
2/27
Budget
1996
2/28
Calendars
1994-1995
2/29
Car Counts at Museum
1992
2/30
City Council
1991-1996
2/31
Communication
Undated
2/32
Communication
1990-1993
2/33
Communication- Endorsement Letters
1990-1994
2/34
Communication
1994
2/35
Communication – K.M. Mohseni
1994
2/36
Communication
1995
2/37
Communication
1996
2/38
Communication
1997
2/39
Communication
1998
2/40
Construction Details
1995-1996
2/41
Construction Minutes
1996
2/42
Contact Information
Undated
2/43
Department of Neighborhoods
1993-1996
2/44
Department of Neighborhoods – Final
1997
3/1
Designs
1991
3/2
Development Drawings of “Flex Zone.”
1994
3/3
Donation Sources
Undated
3/4
Donor Plaque
1996
3/5
Fact Sheet
1989
3/6
Financial Records
1993-1997
3/7
Financial – cost sheets
1997
3/8
Flyers
Undated
3/9
Flyers
1992-1998
3/10
Fundraising – Book Sale
1995
3/11
Fundraising –Broadside
1993-1996
3/12
Fundraising – General
1994-1997
3/13
Fundraising – Leaves (1)
1996
3/14
Fundraising – Leaves (2)
1996
3/15
Fundraising -- T-shirt contest
1995
3/16
Furnishings
Undated
3/17
Gardener Contact List
1997
3/18
Grant – Dept. of Neighborhoods
1998
3/19
Grants- General (Foundations)
Undated
3/20
Grants – IAC
1989
3/21
Grants – Webster Neighborhood Group
1993
3/22
Grist
Undated
3/23
Landscaping
1995
3/24
Landscape – Lee & Associates
1996
3/25
Lease – Seattle School District
1995
3/26
Lease – 25 year lease
1995
3/27
Letter of Agreement
1993-1995
3/28
Maintenance
1997-1999
3/29
Meetings with Facilities
1990-1992
3/30
Meeting Minutes
1993
4/1
Mandatory Site Inspection Tour
1996
4/2
Media (1)
1990-2011
4/3
Media (2)
1990-1996
4/4
Neighborhood Canvass
1993
4/5
Neighborhood Data
1990-1993
4/6
Nordic Museum – Bldg. Condition
1991
4/7
Nordic Museum – Lease from SSD
1991-1995
4/8
Nordic Museum – Misc.
1990-1996
4/9
Opening Day - Planning
1997
4/10
Originals
1990-1992
4/11
Parking Research
1993
4/12
Phase 1 - Request for proposals
1994
4/13
Planning Project
Undated
4/14
Playground Description & Decision
1995-1997
4/15
Presentation
1995
4/16
Project Manual
1996
4/17
Questionnaire
1993
4/18
Questions & Answer
Undated
4/19
Refurbishment Notes
2010-2011
4/20
Research
1991-1992
4/21
Schedule
1993-1997
4/22
SUAC – School Use Advisory Committee
1993-1995
4/23
SUAC – recommendations
1993
4/24
SUAC - Preparation
1993
4/25
SUAC - Report
1993
4/26
Site Plans
1994
4/27
Statement of Community Match
1994
4/28
Sundial
Undated
4/29
Tax Assessments
1989
4/30
Tiles – Order
1997
4/31
Volunteers - General
Undated
4/32
Volunteer Sign-in Sheets
1993-1999
4/33
Work Party Plans
1994

Physical Digital Media Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/34
CDs: Groundswell NW Board, headshots, group, meeting; Groundswell NW Photos, PL Format, Mark Davison
2000, 2001
4/35
Floppy disks: Groundswell NW Articles; Brochure Doc
Undated

Photos Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/1
Groundswell NW – Baker Park
Undated
5/2
Groundswell NW – Greenwood P-Patch
Undated
5/3
Groundswell NW - at Ballard Market
2009
5/4
Aerial Photo
Pre 1995
5/5
Webster Playground
Fall 1996-Winter 1997
5/6
Webster Playground – Committee Mtg.
1995
5/7
Construction Committee
Undated
5/8
Fundraisers
Undated
5/9
Ceremonial Groundbreaking
1995
5/10
Landscape Design Meeting
Undated
5/11
Landscaping
Feb-97
5/12
Negatives
Undated
5/13
Park Art Installations
1996-1997
5/14
Park Opening
Jun-97
5/15
Photos (unclassified)
Undated
5/16
Photos (unclassified)
1999
5/17
Playground Installation
Fall 1996
5/18
Presentation - Copies of Display Boards
Undated
5/19
Real Groundbreaking
Jun-96
5/20
River of Names Pour
Mar-97
5/21
T-shirt Contest & Office Equip. sale
1994-1995

Ephemera Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/1
Groundswell NW “SALE” banner
Undated
folder:oversize
Oversize folder
Laminated broadside for Groundswell NW meeting
Undated
Oversize folder
Laminated ice cream social broadside
Undated
Oversize folder
Decorative check for donation from Sloop Tavern Yacht Club
1995

Designs and drawings Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/1
Groundswell NW Webster Park designs
1991-1995
7/2
Groundswell NW Webster Park designs
1996-1997
7/3
Groundswell NW Public Survey Results
Undated
7/4
Seaview Property Drawings
1998
7/5
Display Board – Webster Playground Design
Undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Nonprofit organizations--History--Sources
  • Parks--Washington (State)--Seattle--History--Sources
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Recreation areas--Washington (State)--Seattle--History--Sources
  • Volunteer workers in environmental protection--Washington (State)--Seattle--History--Sources
  • Volunteer workers in parks--Washington (State)--Seattle--History--Sources

Corporate Names

  • Groundswell NW (Organization)--Archives
  • Groundswell NW (Organization)--History--Sources