Seattle Parks and Recreation staffer Doug O explores Gemenskap Park, the first Swedish-named park in the Ballard neighborhood. How the heck is it pronounced, anyway? Watch and find out.
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 email@example.com to schedule a pick up.
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.
National Nordic Cultural Museum digital archives
Seattle Symphony broadcasts and recordings
Seattle opera video and audio streams
UW cherry blossom cam
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Since we last posted information regarding 2020 Your Voice Your Choice, we’ve received responses from neighbors who have posted their great ideas on the Map. Below are the submissions we found for East Ballard as of March 7. Take a look, write comments and click on the ‘heart’ icon if you like the idea. Is your idea missing? Then what are you waiting for? Submit by March 18. If you’re having trouble with the interface, contact us at email@example.com and we’ll help.
The map won’t let us provide direct links, so you’ll need to navigate to the map, select the Category (Accessibility, Bicycle, Maintenance, Other, Park Equipment, Paths and Natural Areas, Pedestrian Crossing, Vehicle or Walkway) and either select the idea in the list or click on the dot on the map at the address listed below.
- Bicycle > Idea @ 6TH AVE NW & NW 58TH ST
Extending the 6th Ave NW Greenway, from NW 50th to NW 58th St., connecting with neighborhood schools and the NW 58th St. Greenway. Includes speed humps, speed-limit signage, stop signs at all east-west intersections, and crosswalk upgrades at NW Market St.
- Bicycle > Idea @ 6742 DIVISION AVE NW
Remove bike lane on 8th Ave NW heading south, replace with sharrows. bicyclists are moving too fast to safely use the bike lane without risking getting doored.
- Bicycle > Idea @ 4513 11TH AVE NW
Make signage/road features to stop drivers driving down bike lane
- Bicycle > Idea @ 4300 8TH AVE NW
Redesign the intersection of 8th, Burke Gilman and NW 43rd St
- Maintenance > Idea @ 6TH AVE NW & NW 43RD ST
Prune and shape the beautiful plum trees between Leary Way NW and NW Bright St. on 6th Ave. NW.
- Other > Idea @ 1451 NW 46TH ST
Close off road between Ballard Blocks and PCC/West Marine to vehicle traffic
- Other > Idea @ 1102 NW 57TH ST
traffic circle NW 57th and 11th needed.
- Other > Idea @ 1102 NW 56TH ST
traffic circle NW 56th and 11th needed
- Park Equipment > Idea @ 6102 14TH AVE NW
Off Leash Dog Park extension north of Gemenskap Park.
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 6500 8TH AVE NW
They should remove or inactivate the pedestrian prompt crosswalk buttons and just imply that people want to cross (at least during peak pedestrian hours) like they do at NW 15th and 65th St.
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 1103 NW MARKET ST
Pedestrian and Bicycle activated crossing signal at the intersection of 11th Ave NW and Market St.
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 716 NW 60TH ST
Crosswalk at 8th Ave NW and NW 60th St
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 602 NW MARKET ST
Bicycle traffic light trigger. Not enough time to cross the intersection and have bicyclists have to jump on sidewalk to push pedestrian crossing button
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 800 NW 50TH ST
Signalized crossing and/or curb bulbs at NW 50th St and 8th Ave NW
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 4360 LEARY WAY NW
Pedestrian-only light on the east side of 8th–>Leary doesn’t activate unless button pushed. Request for an automatic pedestrian light.
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 4300 8TH AVE NW
Stop light on NW 43rd St and 8th Ave NW
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 599R NW 42ND ST
Reprogram light to be a shorter wait and not require a button to be pushed
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 4601 LEARY WAY NW
Extremely hazardous intersection for pedestrians and drivers.
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 1416 NW 46TH ST
Add a pedestrian crosswalk to cross 46th St between 15th Ave NW and 14th Ave NW. Currently pedestrians are crossing from the Ballard Blocks to the PCC shopping center in the middle of the street and across heavy traffic.
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 1505 NW 60TH ST
Upgrade crossing signal and lights. People have to wait several minutes for the light to change and miss buses (it is a rapid ride stop).
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 5801 15TH AVE NW
The walk signal is very short to cross 15th Ave NW
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 5501 15TH AVE NW
This intersection requires me to push a beg button
- Pedestrian Crossing > Idea @ 1446 NW LEARY WAY
Improve pedestrian environment at 15th Ave NW and Leary
- Vehicles > Idea @ 11TH AVE NW & NW 62ND ST
Traffic Circle. Drivers don’t stop for other cars or pedestrians
- Vehicles > Idea @ 5615 15TH AVE NW
Ban left turns from 15th Ave NW onto NW 57th St
- Vehicles > Idea @ 5500 8TH AVE NW
Remove parked cars about 2 blocks north and south of Market St and re-allocate that space to bus lanes.
- Vehicles > Idea @ 4902 6TH AVE NW
Traffic diverter / street park at 6th Ave NW and NW 50th St
- Vehicles > Idea @ 3930 LEARY WAY NW
Stoplight for left hand turns from 3rd Ave NW onto Leary Way
- Walkway > Idea @ 1505 NW 60TH ST
The crosswalk signal is slow and the stop lights are out of date. (Similar to Pedestrian Idea@ 1505 NW 60TH ST)
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is again engaging community members to democratically decide how to spend $2 million of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. This is the fourth year of Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC): Parks & Streets.
Idea collection is open right now through March 18. Community members are encouraged to submit an idea online at seattle.gov/yvyc or in-person at any Seattle Public Library branch. Projects could include park benches, trail improvements, flashing beacons, and curb ramps to name a few. The only criteria are the ideas be physical improvements for Seattle’s parks or streets, benefit the public, and cost $150,000 or less. Even if you don’t have an idea, take a moment to review, comment or vote on existing ideas by selecting the like button for those you’d like to see come true!
What’s your great idea to improve streets and parks in East Ballard? If you submit an idea, please share with us and we’ll help spread the word!
We’re kicking off the new year by getting organized and setting dates for this year’s EBCA events. Mark your calendar and get ready to work and play in the neighborhood this spring!
If you’d like to help us organize these events, please reach out to Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org to join a committee.
EBCA Spring Fling in Gemenskap Park
April 11, 2020 10AM-1PM
This will be our 2nd annual egg hunt for all ages with lots of family activities and fun in the park.
EBCA Spring Clean along 14th Ave NW
May 9, 2020 10AM-1PM
We will be celebrating our 15th year cleaning up 14th Ave NW from NW 65th to Salmon Bay. Come join a tradition!