Where to stay cool and things to do in Ballard this weekend

26 06 2015

cool off this weekend at the Ballard Commons Spray Park. pic courtesy of seattle.gov

It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend with temperatures expected to be in the high 80’s by Saturday. The City of Seattle has even issued an Excessive Heat Warning,  and in response has ensured that several public places will be open to the public to take refuge from the heat.

In Ballard, you can stay cool at these locations:

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) – 206-684-4089
Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
Ballard Commons Park Water Spray Park (5701 22nd Ave NW, open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

For a complete list of cooling centers open this weekend in Seattle and tips on keeping yourself and your pets cool, check out the City of Seattle’s website.

walk or ride your bike this Saturday visiting edible gardens! pic courtesy sustainableballard.org

Since it will be such a beautiful day on Saturday, what better way to spend it than taking a walk through the West Woodland/East Ballard neighborhood visiting edible gardens and supporting Sustainable Ballard? The 7th Annual Sustainable Ballard Edible Garden tour is a must attend event where you can get ideas from your neighbors on what could be possible in your own garden! Sign in anytime between 10am and 3pm and get your $10 ticket plus a map at West Woodland Elementary (5601 4th Ave NW).

Be sure to bring the sunscreen, a floppy hat and a bottle of water to stay cool on your walk or ride through the neighborhood, then, when you’re done, head over to Ballard Commons Park and cool down in the Spray Park!



Ballard Corners Park Work Party June 27

23 06 2015

photo from the work party in Spring – photo cred to Ballard Corners Park

The Friends of Ballard Corners Park invite you to a work party!

Ballard Corners Park Work Party
Saturday June 27 9AM-12PM
17th Ave NW and NW 63rd
rain or shine!

Some tools and refreshments will be provided.  If you have your own gloves and tools please bring them.  Any questions, please contact Gabriella: gabriella@seanet.com.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


Check out the newest little park in Ballard

17 06 2015


Last Thursday, Professor Winterbottom’s Landscape ArchitectureDesign/Build Class at UW held a dedication ceremony and potluck at the 11th Ave NW Street End Park they designed and installed in just a few months! That’s quite a feat considering what a gem of a little park they’ve given to our community.  This new park and view point is just a hop skip and a jump from the Burke Gilman on the west side of Fred Meyer. Take a few moments out of your day to check it out and you won’t be disappointed. On a bike? Then try out the new bike racks. Like the connection to water? Then set a spell on the boardwalk. Like birds? Then watch to see who nests in the brightly colored purple martin bird houses strung along the park. Coming by at night? The solar powered totem should guide your way.

Check out pics from the dedication and visit today!


Construction for Street improvements at 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th starting soon

14 06 2015

Click on graphic for downloadable PDF

The project to build pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place as part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Neighborhood Street Fund and Safe Routes to Schools programs is planning to start construction as early as June 15. 

You can learn more about the project background and impacts by visiting the project webpage at www.seattle.gov/transportation/WestWoodland.htm.  

Don’t hesitate to contact Kate Cole with any questions or call 206-615-0925.

Neighborhood Street Fund Program

If you need this information translated, please call 206-684-7623.

Si usted necesita esta información traducida al español por favor llame al 206-684-7623.


Burke Gilman Missing Link EIS Open House on June 18

11 06 2015


Project Website
2003 Seattle City Council Resolution 30583
Seattle Bike Blog review of EIS scoping process

EIS Open House – Thursday June 18th, 6-8pm
Ballard High School Cafeteria
1418 NW 65th St
Presentation at 6:30pm


11th Ave NW Street End Park potluck this Thursday

8 06 2015


The UW students in Professor Winterbottom’s Landscape Architecture Design/Build Class have been hard at work installing the new public shoreline park we gave you a sneak peek to back in March. They’re putting the final touches on the project right now and have invited the community to come celebrate at their dedication and potluck Thursday June 11, 3:30PM-5:00PM, which will be on site at the 11th Ave NW street end (just follow 11th Ave NW south across Leary and continue walking until you hit the water). It’s a beautiful hidden little spot and the perfect place to get a little connection to nature when taking a walk or ride along the Burke Gilman or stopping in to shop at the Fred Meyer.

If you want to get your hands dirty, (PLANTING HAS BEEN POSTPONED, WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED) they’ll be planting all day Tuesday June 9 from 8AM-5PM and would love to have the community drop in during the day to help. Note that the planting date is subject to plant delivery, so it might change to Wednesday. We’ll keep you posted!

Dedication Flyer

Join Sustainable Ballard and Abbey Arts for Ballard Rain Fest!

3 06 2015

pic courtesy of Sustainable Ballard


Join Sustainable Ballard and Abbey Arts  on June 13th at Ballard Homestead (6541 Jones Ave NW) for a celebration of WATER! Fun for the whole family!

Family-friendly fun! Check out RainWise demos, along with water-themed games, art, and science activities! Meet RainWise contractors and learn how to get a RainWise rebate.

Bring your neighbors. Featuring food carts, ice cream, prizes, and more!

3-4:30 PM: Early show – Yaima (Pepper Proud]
All ages concert + Kids music workshop after the show
$5 early discount, $8 at the door, kids 12 & under free

7:30 PM: Evening show with Tomo Nakayama [Grand Hallway}, St Kilda [Joshua Morrison}, Levi Fuller
$8 advance, $10 door

For tickets: www.AbbeyArts.me, www.BallardHomestead.org

Festival presented by Sustainable Ballard with RainWise, a program of Seattle Public Utilities and King County.

Concerts presented by Abbey Arts and Ballard Homestead. Ballard Homestead is a new non-profit space for community, managed by Abbey Arts.


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