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.

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!

Save the date for 2 EBCA events this spring


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 eastballard@gmail.com 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!

“Public Safety for All” event Sunday Jan 26 at Ballard Commons Park

Join your neighbors at Ballard Commons park from 12:00pm-1:30pm this Sunday Jan 26, along with Kick It Boutique in Ballard. District 6 Council member Dan Strauss has been invited and has promised to show up and speak. The media has also been invited. 

The following is an excerpt from the Facebook event page:
“Bring the kids, bring the pets, bring yourselves for an hour and a half peaceful demonstration on asking our new leadership for D6 what is the Public Safety plan for Ballard; specifically the areas that we all work, live, and go about our lives. Bring signs with tasteful slogans, and link arms with like minded individuals who are wanting answers to address the safety concerns in the neighborhood”.

Celebrate NW Seattle Parks with Groundswell NW Jan 29

If you’ve been reading this blog over the years, you probably already know what a huge role Groundswell NW has played in mentoring the EBCA and advocating on our behalf with the City to create our beloved Gemenskap Park, and if you haven’t heard of them, well, you have a chance to learn about this great nonprofit, meet the people who drive this all-volunteer venture, and start working on your New Year’s resolution to get more involved in your community!

Incite Action. Create Community. Celebrate!
Thursday January 29, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center (Lower Brick Building)
6532 Phinney Ave N

After a short Groundswell business meeting, guest speaker, Courtney Sullivan, will share the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) top 10 City for Wildlife designation for Seattle. This designation recognizes cities that are not only taking direct action to help wildlife, but whose residents are also creating wildlife habitat in their backyards, balconies, at schools and throughout their communities.

The Seattle region currently has a total of 974 Certified Wildlife Habitats, out of which 33 are Schoolyard Habitats. Sustainability plans such as the Seattle Climate Action Plan and the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan seeks to restore green spaces, creeks and urban areas. “Seattle maintains over 6,400 acres of parklands, 2,500 of which are forested and undergoing intensive restoration efforts,” (Seattle Parks Department) With large, contiguous parks such as Discovery, Lincoln and Warren G. Magnuson Parks, as well as smaller gems distributed throughout the City, Seattle provides good habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species, and continues efforts to improve these animal homes. Being both an Urban Bird Treaty City and a Bee City, Seattle acknowledges the value of wildlife and healthy habitats, and is working to provide a safer home for wildlife through its policies and actions.”

Courtney joined the National Wildlife Federation in April 2008, where she engages and develops community stewards and formal and non-formal educators, advocates for educational policies, and supports coalitions for sustainable environmental education and stewardship. For more information visit: www.nwf.org/Garden-for-Wildlife.

After Courtney’s presentation, Groundswell NW will announce this year’s local heroes and there will be plenty of time to mix, mingle, enjoy refreshments and visit with community partners. The EBCA will have a table, so please come by and say hello!

Learn more about this event and the amazing achievements of Groundswell NW on their website, their 2020 report which has a great article about Gemenskap Park, and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook! Looking forward to seeing you at the celebration!

Reminder: Fall Festival Nov 2

Join the EBCA November 2 for a Fall Festival in Gemenskap Park. There will be fun for all, including a pets and people costume parade, a pumpkin patch, story telling, treats, lawn games and more!

What:    EBCA Fall Festival
   Saturday November 2 10:30AM-12:30PM
Where:  Gemenskap Park (6000 14th Ave NW)

2019 Fall Clean Sweep Success!

Thank-you Indu and Emmett for making the park look so nice!

Although the clouds and wind were a little ominous, the sun did come out for a bit this Saturday as we set out to clean up 14th Ave NW and Gemenskap Park! We had 20 volunteers who picked up trash and weeded the medians and Gemenskap Park rain gardens along 14th. Coffee, donated by Tim from Ravenswood Apts, homemade scones from Chris, and fruit from Linda, kept us fueled as we picked up trash from NW 65th all the way to 50th Ave NW.

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 to help organize this event, reach out to eastballard@gmail.com

  • Rob, who donated printing for our flyers!
  • Linda, Casey and Holly who posted flyers throughout the neighborhood
  • Linda and Dawn 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
  • Casey for picking up the coffee
  • Linda for washing the work gloves afterward

…and thank-you to Jody, Rob, Casey, Kenny, Chris, Indu, Emmett, Laura, Waylon, Leon, Mary, Ellen, Mary Pat, Andrew, Sue, Akira, Cy, Pam, Jon, and more who showed up and made a difference by helping us keep the neighborhood looking so nice! 

Thank-you Pam and Mary. Nice photo bomb in the background Linda!

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 this coming Saturday our 2nd annual Fall Festival in Gemenskap Park!