Spring Clean while distancing May 16-31 – Sign up today!

This is our bi-annual neighborhood clean up event with a little twist due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Instead of a one-day event with a large group of volunteers, we are asking that you commit to a section of the neighborhood to pick up trash and/or weed the rain gardens and medians along 14th Ave NW.

Sign up today via SignUp Genius where you can adopt a section or 2 or 3 of your choice and commit to a task to be completed from May 16 to the end of the month (dates are flexible). Join in the fun by maintaining a safe distance and share your pics on Instagram with #ebcacleanup.

Guidelines for safe participation
– Wear a mask
– Maintain 6′ distancing – Check here to see what that looks like
– Wear a safety vest
– Bring your own tools and bags or arrange to pick up from EBCA*
– Be smart and check out additional Covid-19 resources from the state of Washington
– Post photos to Instagram #ebcacleanup or email to eastballard@gmail.com.

What are you waiting for?
Sign up today to help keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful.

*Vests, bags, gloves and picker uppers are available upon request.
Please contact Dawn at eastballard@gmail.com to schedule a pick up.

Make a wish!

East Ballard neighbor, Roxanne Baechler-Gill’s five-year-old really wants to be a wizard, and a wishing well somehow figures into this. Accordingly, they have posted a wishing well on a tree outside their house, just across from Gemenskap Park (near NW 59th on the west side). If you’re nearby, please consider dropping a coin and/or a written wish (for anything you want!) to assist a child’s wizardly wish-granting dreams! They’re checking the wishing well every morning, just in case there are any wishes to grant.

Autumn Clean while distancing -Extended until all volunteer slots are filled

We had a great volunteer turn out for our Autumn Clean. Many Many thanks to Jen and her daughters Clara and Lydia, John and Erin, and Peter who weeded the rain gardens in Gemenskap Park. Thank you to Christy who weeded the rain gardens at NW 58th, and Dave, David, and Peter who picked up trash along 14th Ave NW!

There are still more opportunities to help clean up the neighborhood. We will keep this going until all the slots are filled. Click on the SignUp Genius link and volunteer today! Vests, bags, gloves and picker uppers are available upon request.

Got a student at home who needs volunteer hours? This is a great opportunity for them to give back to the community!

Please contact Dawn at eastballard@gmail.com to get your gear, get your volunteer form signed or to answer any questions you may have!


Join in the fun by maintaining a safe distance and share your pics on Instagram with #ebcacleanup.

Guidelines for safe participation
– Wear a mask
– Maintain 6′ distancing – Check here to see what that looks like
– Wear a safety vest
– Bring your own tools and bags or arrange to pick up from EBCA
– Be smart and check out additional resources from the state of Washington
– Post photos to Instagram #ebcacleanup

Autumn Clean while distancing Sign up Nov 21-29

This is our bi-annual neighborhood clean up event with a little twist due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Instead of a one-day event with a large group of volunteers, we are asking that you commit to a section of the neighborhood to pick up trash and/or weed the rain gardens and medians along 14th Ave NW.

Sign up today via SignUp Genius where you can adopt a section or 2 or 3 of your choice and commit to a task to be completed between November 21 and November 29. Join in the fun by maintaining a safe distance and share your pics on Instagram with #ebcacleanup.

Guidelines for safe participation
– Wear a mask
– Maintain 6′ distancing – Check here to see what that looks like
– Wear a safety vest
– Bring your own tools and bags or arrange to pick up from EBCA
– Be smart and check out additional resources from the state of Washington
– Post photos to Instagram #ebcacleanup

What are you waiting for?
Sign up today to help keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful.

Vests, bags, gloves and picker uppers are available upon request.
Please contact Dawn at eastballard@gmail.com to schedule a pick up.

Reminder to sign up for Spring Clean while distancing – May 30-June 14

We’ve received great response from you, our neighbors, to help clean up East Ballard in June while continuing to maintain physical distancing.

There are still some sections along 14th Ave NW for you to Sign up today via SignUp Genius. This is also a great opportunity to pick up trash anywhere in your neighborhood while you’re walking your dog or going on a neighborhood adventure with your kids!

More Details
Instead of a one-day event with a large group of volunteers, we are asking that you commit to a section of the neighborhood to pick up trash and/or weed the rain gardens and medians along 14th Ave NW.

Sign up today via SignUp Genius where you can adopt a section or 2 or 3 of your choice and commit to a task to be completed between May 30th and June 14. Join in the fun by maintaining a safe distance and share your pics on Instagram with #ebcacleanup.

Guidelines for safe participation
– Wear a mask
– Maintain 6′ distancing – Check here to see what that looks like
– Wear a safety vest
– Bring your own tools and bags or arrange to pick up from EBCA
– Be smart and check out additional resources from the state of Washington
– Post photos to Instagram #ebcacleanup

What are you waiting for?
Sign up today to help keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful.

Vests, bags, gloves and picker uppers are available upon request.
Please contact Dawn at eastballard@gmail.com to schedule a pick up.

Spring Clean while distancing – Sign up May 30-June 14

This is our bi-annual neighborhood clean up event with a little twist due to the current state of emergency as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Instead of a one-day event with a large group of volunteers, we are asking that you commit to a section of the neighborhood to pick up trash and/or weed the rain gardens and medians along 14th Ave NW.

Sign up today via SignUp Genius where you can adopt a section or 2 or 3 of your choice and commit to a task to be completed between May 30th and June 14. Join in the fun by maintaining a safe distance and share your pics on Instagram with #ebcacleanup.

Guidelines for safe participation
– Wear a mask
– Maintain 6′ distancing – Check here to see what that looks like
– Wear a safety vest
– Bring your own tools and bags or arrange to pick up from EBCA
– Be smart and check out additional resources from the state of Washington
– Post photos to Instagram #ebcacleanup

What are you waiting for?
Sign up today to help keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful.

Vests, bags, gloves and picker uppers are available upon request.
Please contact Dawn at eastballard@gmail.com to schedule a pick up.

Spring Fling postponed & some little things we can do while our lives are turned upside down

It’s the little things that can brighten up someone’s day. How about creating an uplifting picture or message in chalk in Gemenskap Park?

It probably goes without saying that we’ve had to postpone the EBCA Spring Fling. We’re were looking forward to bringing all our friends and family together in the park for a big event this summer. In the meantime, we’re all figuring out in our own little way how to weather the Coronavirus storm. Our lives have been turned upside down and we’re truly inspired by our neighbors who are figuring out ways to keep our way of life as normal as possible and still strive to keep all of us safe and healthy.

During these times, let’s come together as a stronger community, look out for each other, and lend a helping hand where you can. Please help our small businesses stay afloat, check on your neighbors who may need some assistance and say hello to people you walk by on the sidewalk or in the park (while remaining 6 feet apart of-course).

The following is a very short list of things we can do to help support our neighborhood. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means, but something to start with. Please send us things to share and we’ll do our best to post.

Support our local businesses
Ballard Farmers Market online ordering
Support Ballard restaurants
Tom Douglas Pop up Charitable event this Friday, Sat & Sun,(14th Ave NW and NW 52nd) 12pm-5pm

Culture
National Nordic Cultural Museum digital archives
Seattle Symphony broadcasts and recordings
Seattle opera video and audio streams
UW cherry blossom cam

Volunteer
A neighbor on Nextdoor has posted a spreadsheet where you can sign up to get help and to offer help.

Consider volunteering at the Ballard Food Bank or Ballard Urban Rest Stop

One last note
The Public Affairs team at the Seattle Fire Department has asked our assistance in distributing the following messages to provide guidance to people who may be hesitant to fully report their symptoms when calling 911, fearing that firefighters may not respond. They want to assure the public that having accurate information allows them to send the right resources, and they can trust we will be there to assist them.

The Seattle Fire Department wil respond to all life-threatening emergencies. If you suffer from a fever or shortness of breath, it doesn’t always mean you have COVID-19. If you believe your symptoms are life-threatening, please call 911. Tell the dispatcher all of your symptoms so they can better assist you.

Join us for a Spring Fling April 11 in Gemenskap Park! Volunteer and giving opportunities too!

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

WHAT:: This year’s East Ballard Spring Fling in Gemenskap Park will kick off with a spring bonnet parade, followed by our 2nd annual egg hunt for all ages. We’ll have refreshments, face painting, games, prizes and community. Bring your kids and furry friends too! 

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 2020 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

Volunteer & Giving Opportunities

This is an all-volunteer run event that we’re funding with donations and time. We would love for YOU to join us! Here’s how you can help. Contact as at eastballard@gmail.com if you’re interested in any of the following:

  • Participate in our planning meetings. The next one will be March 12 at 7PM. Contact us for location.
  • Help us on the day of the event (set up, break down, coordinate games, keep the refreshments table in order, and more)
  • Bring a healthy snack to share at the event
  • Be part of the entertainment – we’d love to hear your idea and get your help
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to support this and future events by donating to Groundswell NW (our fiscal sponsor) and adding a note that your giving to the East Ballard Community Association – http://www.groundswellnw.org/donate
  • Save your Ballard Market Receipts and bring to EBCA events or drop off at Blowing Sands Glass. Ballard Market donates 1% of the purchase to EBCA!