Our blog hit the Greenlake Moms and Ballard Parents listservs yesterday (thanks to one of our neighbors) and was blasted out to approximately 2,000 in our community. She forwarded the response so far:
“Wow, I just checked the pictures and they’re ugly! I’m so sorry that this is happening in Ballard. The reason why I’m writing is to let you know that we do have rain gardens next to the new library on Seattle University’s campus. They’re filled with plants, grass, and some gravel too but they look great. Nothing like what the blog shows. Just letting you know in case some Ballard residents want to check these out to show the city how to do it right. (Note that the raingardens at SU were just built this summer so I don’t know if they’re doing their job right.)” – A.M.
“Thank you very much for sharing this, and I am really quite shocked to hear something negative about this–I have only heard great things about this from everyone in the neighborhood. With that said, the endeavor did look very problematic to me soon into the project. Taking a very long time and I just don’t see how it could have increased property value. I don’t understand why standing water should ever be present, furthermore I never knew that some amount of standing water was allowable. I really never thought of child safety in the project. Isn’t any amount of water dangerous for child safety? The Puget Sound experiences the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez spill every 2 years due to all the runoff from the city–this project is here to help prevent a lot of this runoff. Again, have never heard anything negative about this project and everyone wants this for our block. Looking forward to hearing other comments on this.” – D.K.
“I’d like to back up [neighbor] on this. I have a 20 month old son and am quite concerned about the rain gardens on our block. They contain stagnant, standing water for long periods of time, and are an eyesore and a hazard. I realize that the city has severe issues with run off, but this solution hasn’t so far delivered the promised result. I would strongly caution anyone considering signing up for the rain garden program to discuss the pros and cons with a homeowner with a rain garden.” – A.
“THAT’S what’s been going on????? I was wondering what that project was all about as we just moved back to the neighborhood last spring. I feel out of the loop so thanks for bringing this up. What a terrible idea! I understand why in theory it would work but to take away all the parking, cause elderly and all people to have a tough time manuevering around the muddy holes, making the street an eyesore and allowing kids or animals to get sick from drinking or playing near it is awful! Again, thanks. I am so mad right now.” – C.C.
Thanks for the support, everyone! Since the city planners maintain the project looks fantastic, we need lots of awareness and backing from the community.