Ballard Neighborhood Greenways Open House Aug 7

1 08 2014


In March, SDOT hosted a public meeting and gathered valuable input on building a north-south neighborhood greenway in Ballard from Salmon Bay to Soundview Playfield. From their evaluation and the input received, SDOT is recommending a new greenway along 17th Avenue NW from NW 90th Street to Russell Avenue NW and along NW Dock Place between Russell Avenue NW and Ballard Avenue NW.

To learn more about the Ballard Greenways project and about the proposed greenway along 17th, check out SDOT’s website  and then come join your neighbors at the Ballard High school next Thursday Aug 7 from 6-7:30 pm for the Ballard Neighborhood Greenways Open House.


August Night Out Next Tuesday

31 07 2014

This year marks the City of Seattle’s 30th Annual “Night Out Against Crime” celebration on Tuesday, August 5th. Recently, Mayor Murray laid out a comprehensive public safety plan for Seattle that underscores the importance of providing opportunities for youth and community members to enjoy their streets and public spaces citywide. The Mayor believes Night Out is a great example of the types of opportunities that exist for reconnecting community to Seattle streets.

Night Out, an annual national event hosted locally by the Seattle Police Department, shows that residents and City government can mobilize resources and energy together to move toward a safer and more connected Seattle. We hope you’ll join in making this Seattle’s best Night Out yet!

Check out the website for more information. View the map to find the block party nearest you or look for flyers on telephone poles (we’ve seen a few on NW 58th, NW 60th and 11th Ave NW in the past few days) or register your own event here!

Updated Drawing for the 14th Ave NW Park

7 07 2014


Just a quick note that Patrick Donohue, our Park Project Manager, recently provided us with an updated drawing of the 14th Ave NW Park that they are planning to present at their next meeting in submittal of 60% SIP (Street Improvement Process) to Seattle Dept of Transportation. Here’s a link to the presentation that better explains the lettered sections which make up the proposed rain gardens and plantings that will buffer traffic from the park. The little white stars are proposed seating areas and bollards. We also received an updated schedule with planned construction now scheduled to begin May 2015.

Small Batch Seattle’s first Food and Goods Swap next Sunday July 13

5 07 2014
The folks at Small Batch Seattle, a group of friends (a handful from East Ballard)  wishing they had more time to indulge in a homemade lifestyle,  are inviting you to join them next Sunday, July 13th for their first Small Batch Seattle Food and Goods swap. Bring something homemade or homegrown to swap among friends and neighbors and in return get new items to take home for your own pantry.
What: Small Batch Seattle’s Food and Goods Swap
Where: Kirke Park in Ballard (7028 9th Ave NW)
When:  Sunday, July 13th at 2pm

RSVP Required:

What to expect:
Bring as many or as few items as you want, packaged into portions of ~$5-10 amounts for easy swapping. You can bring anything homemade/homegrown like baked goods, jams, fermented foods, natural sodas, yogurt, grown vegetables, soaps, etc. We encourage you to bring ingredient lists and samples of your items to try where practical.
This will be a fun, casual event where we can exchange goods and ideas. We expect the event to take about 2 hours. You’re welcome to bring friends and family and forward this along to others, but only those that bring items to swap can participate. You must RSVP for each participating attendee as table space is limited.
More information can be found on our website at:

We hope to see you soon!

Small Batch Seattle

7th Annual Phinney Ditch Block Party next Saturday July 12

4 07 2014



phinney ditch block party

Fellow East Ballardite, Nicky Bradford, and her band of friends and neighbors have been organizing a community block party for the past 6 years that with every new year gets bigger, more outrageous, more fun,  and is starting to attract attendees from far beyond her block.

Next Saturday will be the 7th year for this event and it’s proving to be one that will “rock your socks-in-sandals off”. With activities to attract all ages, including a bounce house, cream pie jousting, BBQ potluck, live music, the Ballard pop-up food garden project, and a Curiosities section that’s bound to intrigue anyone, this is an event not to miss!

The organizers are seeking more local artists, business owners and practitioners who would like to set up a talk about what the love and do in the Curiosities section. Contact them at if you’d like to participate.

Ballard Corners Park Work Party this Saturday

24 06 2014

The Friends of Ballard Corners Park invite you to a work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW & NW 63rd Street) this  Saturday, June 28th from 9am – 12 noon, rain or shine. This will be a short and sweet work party (am only) with an aim to get the spring weeds under control. If you have your own gloves and weeding tools please bring them. Any questions, please contact Gabriella: or (206) 782-3238. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Sustainable Ballard’s 6th Annual Edible Garden Tour this Saturday

23 06 2014




Now in its 6th year, Sustainable Ballard’s Edible Garden Tour has been an inspiration to hundreds of gardeners every June. This fun walking/biking tour highlights neighborhood gardens, planting strips, containers, raised beds, chickens, bees and all sorts of creative edibles from fruit trees to berries to veggies galore. Each year, the tour visits a different quadrant of Ballard. Northwest Ballard will be featured this year.

Sustainable Ballard’s 6th Annual Edible Garden Tour
June 28, 2014 10am-3pm
Purchase tickets and map $10/person (kids are free) at 
Ballard P-Patch/Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church parking lot
NW 85th and 25th Ave NW, on the day of the tour.

for more information, visit Sustainable Ballard’s Edible Garden Tour Event Page


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