2019 Spring Clean Success!

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Thank-you Scarlet, Giulian, Nola, & Estelle for making 14th look so nice and helping us eat the yummy donuts donated by Top Pot!

Although it had rained throughout the week, the sun shone this Saturday as we set out to clean up 14th Ave NW! We had over 25 volunteers who picked up trash and weeded the medians and rain gardens along 14th. Coffee, donated by Woodland Coffee and donuts donated by Top Pot, kept us fueled as we picked up trash from NW 65th all the way to Leary Ave.

Big thank-yous go out to the following volunteers who went the extra mile to support this great event. If you want to be on the volunteer call-out list for next time, reach out to eastballard@gmail.com

  • Peter for organizing the crew
  • Peter for posting flyers and Linda for taking them down after the event
  • Linda and Peter who helped load up the car, set up the event, work the event and then break it down. Whew!
  • David and Cynthia at Blowing Sands Glass for letting us set up in front of their business
  • Loryn and Shelby for coordinating the refreshments
  • Linda for washing the work gloves afterward

…and thank-you to Rachel, Giulian, Scarlet, Nola, Estelle, Pam, Roxanne, Susan, Felix, Mary, Erin, John, Casey, Indu, Banu, Ellen, Leon and more who showed up and made a difference by helping us keep the neighborhood looking so nice! 

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Thank-you Roxanne, Susan and Felix!

Check out more pics in our Flickr album to see all the fun we had! Thank-you neighbors and we’re looking forward to seeing you again in the fall for our Clean Sweep event!

Join us this Saturday for EBCA Spring Clean

Join the EBCA as we clean up 14th Ave NW (now including Gemenskap park!) and tidy up the medians and planters. Bring your friends, bring the kids, we’ll bring the rest! This will be a rain or shine event, so come dressed for the weather and bring your sunscreen!

What: EBCA Spring Clean
Where: Blowing Sands Glass (5805 14th Ave NW)
When: Saturday May 18, 10AM-1:00PM

Vote to fund a greenway along 6th Ave NW for Your Voice Your Choice by May 31

(Greenway Example)

…the following is from from Groundswell NW’s May Newsletter

Greenways are a key component of the 2014 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan and provide  people of all ages and abilities with safe, calm and attractive residential streets for bicycle and pedestrian travel priority. A group of Ballard neighbors supporting the 6th Avenue NW Greenway project have submitted this project to the Your Voice Your Choice program for public approval.  It involves a section of 6th Ave NW that extends from NW 43rd Street to NW 50th Street, connecting to the Burke Gilman trail at NW 43rd Street. The first phase of the two part decision process involves public “scoring” which is available online (for people 13 years and older) through the YVYC website. Please consider voting for this project at this voting link. The voting link is available from May 1 through 31 for scoring. Scoring can also be done manually and for those 11 years and older, at the Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 on May 20 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

We’re ready for Saturday’s Spring Fling. We just need you to come!

Left to right: Holly, Casey, Peter, Scarlet, Stephanie

This past Sunday, the Friends of Gemenskap Park Steering Committee got together to fill eggs for this Saturday’s Inaugural East Ballard Spring Fling in Gemenskap Park. Let the party begin! If you’re interested in working with these fine neighbors to plan the next park event, please reach out to gemenskap.park@gmail.com or come by on Saturday and speak with one of our volunteers!

Join us from 10AM-1PM this Saturday April 20 at the south end of Gemenskap park for an old fashioned egg hunt for all ages. We’ll start off with the youngest kids around 10:15AM and then phase in the older kids after that. We’ll also have face painting, coffee and treats from the Ballard Market and games at the north end of the park. Bring your neighbors, friends and family, and enjoy a fun morning in the park. Bring the sun with you too while you’re at it!

Join us for a Spring Fling April 20 in Gemenskap Park!

WHO:: Families and friends of East Ballard & Gemenskap Park

WHAT:: East Ballard Spring Fling in Gemenskap Park with an egg hunt for all ages, refreshments, face painting, games, and community. Bring your kids and furry friends too! 

WHEN: Saturday, April 20th, 2019 from 10:00am – 1:00pm

WHERE:: Gemenskap Park – 14th Ave NW (Between NW 59th St/ NW 61st St)

WHY::  It’s a beautiful park to enjoy and we want to play in it now that the weather is getting nicer. 

Hope to see you there!

Reminder to provide your input on Ballard Light Rail options by Tuesday April 2

After we posted our reminder a few weeks ago, neighbors started reviewing the vast amounts of information provided on the Sound Transit Online Open House and came away with more questions than answers. Neighbor, Brian LeBlanc, helped us understand a bit more from his writeup after his visit to the open house at Ballard High School. Now, East Ballard neighbor, Kristin Doll, has posted an incredibly researched and in depth analysis of the Ballard Light Rail options under consideration. We encourage you once again to take a little time in the next couple of days to study the options, make your own decisions based on your own research and most importantly, participate in the process by providing your input by Tuesday April 2.

Significant potential impacts to 14th and/or 15th Ave NW by Ballard Light Rail options – provide your input by April 2

2 above-street options. Green along 15th, Brown along 14th. Both station options near Market St.

East Ballard neighbor, Brian LeBlanc attended the recent West Seattle/Ballard Light Rail options open house at the Ballard High school and put together a very helpful overview of the options under consideration, plus some insight into the possible impacts. In particular, the above street options could have a significant impact on East Ballard residents and businesses along 14th and/or 15th. Note that Brian’s blog post reflects his opinion and we are sharing in order to peak your interest and encourage you to carefully research the options yourself and provide your input by April 2 via the Sound Transit online open house.

Click here to view Brian’s post
Click here to download a PDF with visualizations of the options