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This spring, the Parks Department gave North Beach Park 1/4 acre of invasive plant clearance on steep slopes, an area volunteers are not allowed to work. I’ve always assumed it was a liability issue, which I think now is only partly the case. I now see it as a skill set issue as well.

I forgot about it until I was asked to review the contract a couple weeks ago. In the meantime, I had allowed a group of volunteers… um… to work on some steep slopes in the very area the crew was being contracted to work. Which caused some confusion we’re still resolving.

In the last week, the crew has come in and done some erosion control and some new invasion removal.

Erosion Control
Here’s a side view of some of the erosion control on the Headwaters Bowl slope.

The jute netting is rolled down the hill. Successive stretches of netting are stitched together. At the top of the slope, a narrow trench is dug, and the netting staked into it with 2×2 stakes. This is covered up when the trench is reburied.

Erosion Control
There were some restoration plantings at the top of the slope that they worked around. They also preserved some restoration plantings at the bottom of the slope. (After taking this picture, we mulched around the plants.)

Erosion Control
Here’s a side view of the HWB slope erosion control. It’s steeper than it looks from this angle. The wood and branches are laid on the jute to weight it down. Here is a view of the slope before removal, with some workers at the bottom to give a sense of scale.

The crew also did some work in another area of the park, even steeper, the North Slope.

Erosion Control
You can see the stitching a little better in this picture. The coir log is laid across horizontally to absorb any street run off from 90th St/25th Ave.

Here’s a side view of the North Slope work.
Erosion Control
It looks like this slope is even steeper than the Headwaters Bowl slope.

And here is the trash the crew got off the North Slope.
This seems about right, a few bags of cans’n'bottles, some fencing, a couple tires.

The full set of ten pictures is on Flickr.

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Groundswell NW invites community leaders and anyone interested in learning how to inspire grassroots change in their community to our 2013 Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 7 from 6 – 8 pm at the Sunset Hill Community Club. Featured speakers include Pomegranate Center founder, Milenko Matanovic, and Dawn Hemminger, East Ballard Community Association leader. All are welcome to attend this free event to learn about community building and how to combine a creative approach with effective grassroots community planning, expansive public participation, hands-on action, and leadership development. This is a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about how to inspire change and succeed in making improvements in your neighborhood.

WHAT: Creating Change in Your Community: Groundswell NW’s Annual Meeting
WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St, Ballard

Groundswell NW will also present its annual “Local Heroes” awards, which recognize fellow Ballardites’ efforts to create and enhance parks, public spaces, and habitat in our community. This is a free public event. Desserts and refreshments will be available; donations of desserts for the potluck are welcome!

NB: This is from Groundswell’s press release. North Beach Park will have a table there, come up and say hi!

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The usual details:

  • Saturday, January 26, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Meet at the main entrance to the park, 90th st. and 24th Ave. NW.
  • Wear mud boots and weather-appropriate layers that can get dirty. We’ll provide tools, gloves, and guidance.
  • Parking available north of 90th and east of 24th. Metro Route #61 stops near the park northbound.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.

More Plants for North Beach
Pictured here: Cascara, vine maple, silver spruce, tapered rush (for the wetlands) and others.

This month’s work party will be run by Drexie Malone and Tad Anderson, and they have a variety of plants ready for you to help place into the park. The plants come from Swansons Nursery‘s “Trees for Salmon” Program, the Parks Department, and private donations. Some are being introduced to the park, and others exist only because of previous restoration planting. Some are already found in the park growing wild.

Join us for what is likely to be the last planting work party of the season. Planting is part of the reward for the earlier work of removing invasives.

Can’t make a work party? Please consider donating to the Seattle Parks Foundation, which provides fiscal sponsorship to North Beach Park. Your donation to them is tax deductible and will go towards park projects. Click here to read about the park and donate.

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Thanks to Morry, one of the best and most active volunteers at North Beach Park, we now have a nice little kiosk at the entrance. He was helping to upgrade the kiosk at Llandover Woods, another park at which he is one of the best and most active volunteers, and thought the replaced one should go to North Beach.

Late this morning, we helped a little bit with some of the last bits of installing the new one at Llandover, then rescued and installed the old kiosk at North Beach this afternoon.

Morry provided all the tools as well as the impetus and oomph.

Here I am in my park clothes:

Here is the installed post with a map and a flyer for the next work party:

I’d forgotten the push pins at home, thus the inelegant yellow duct tape. There could still be some more work done, making sure the dirt around the hole is tamped in better, putting some larger plywood onto the kiosk for more room. But what the heck, pretty good for a day’s work.

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This morning Drexie and I put about five hemlock trees into various places in the park. We didn’t take pictures of all five, but this one in particular was so amusing to us I thought I’d share.


It’s not very apparent from this photo, but this tree is planted directly into a nurse log. This is, in fact, a situation in which you’ll see hemlock trees growing in the wild, so this just might work. This log may have been on the ground for decades. There was enough actual dirt where we planted the tree to give its roots good coverage.

The other places we planted hemlocks were also close to much coarse woody debris and rotted wood. And then the rains started up again! So they’ll get a good watering now, as well.

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Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m. to Noon
Meet at the entrance to the park.
We’ll provide tools, gloves, and guidance.
Bring your own water and snacks, and wear weather-appropriate layers that can get dirty.
Be safe, have some fun, and get some work done.

This month we’ll keep working on the entrance to the park and putting survival rings on trees in the interior.

The current plans for the rest of 2012: September will prepare for tree planting. And in October, we’ll plant the trees. November will be buttoning up the park for the winter. December has no work party.

Thanks! Hope to see you the 25th — there’s always plenty of work to do, so come on down.

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What first attracted me to North Beach Park was the trash in amongst the weeds. This bucket was uncovered during the June work party. That’s an ivy root rising out of the bucket.

The tree the ivy rose towards was so covered in ivy the little area looked like a jungle. Now it’s much more open and pretty.

Nature Intrudes

This picture encapsulates the idea of “Nature Intrudes.” Nature will break through, not always in ways that humans like or judge as pretty. But it will break through.

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I went for a walk in North Beach Park last Sunday. The park looked like a mess, there have been alder trees falling down, bindweed coming up in places it hasn’t before, knotweed and some other things coming back after supposed eradication. Volunteers can’t work on the slopes (except for survival rings) or in the stream, so we’re kind of hemmed in. I felt pretty discouraged until I saw this.

Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) berries
Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) berries

This was planted last fall. Seeing the berries on the new planting made me feel a little better. So did this.

Successful ivy ring
Successful ivy ring

Look at how bushy that is! That means the ivy was getting enough sunlight to probably sets fruit every season. This survival ring will have several benefits: Cut down on the Ivy seed rain, if infinitesimally so. The snag, now clear of ivy, will provide habitat and food for woodpeckers; when they move on, smaller birds will take over. Without the ivy, the snag will stand longer, and when it falls, it will be a nurse log.

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