Free Theater for Children in Ballard Parks This Summer

29 06 2017

Theater For Young Children, sponsored by an Arts in the Parks Grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation, will be bringing their summer show to Ballard Commons and Salmon Bay Parks this July. 

Ballard Commons on Friday, July 14th at 6 PM and Saturday, July 15th at noon.
Salmon Bay Park on Friday July 21
st at 6 PM and Saturday, July 22nd at  noon.

Families are encouraged to bring blankets, a picnic lunch/dinner, and sit and enjoy 45 min. of theater in the park.  All shows are FREE, with a suggested $5/person donation.

This summer’s show is Tales from the African Continent and features stories, games, and songs gathered from many countries and cultures.  They will be performing the Tanzanian Folk Tale: Two Ways to Count to Ten and from West Africa: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. Their interactive storytelling allows children of all ages to participate by singing along to songs by famous Smithsonian Folkways artist, Ella Jenkins and join them on stage to play the Liberian children’s game Who is in the Garden.

Summer Flyer2017Theater for Young Children is an outreach division of Sweet Pea Cottage Enterprises and part of the North Seattle Arts Initiative. For more information about our programming or initiatives please visit or contact Cara Anderson-Ahrens at

14th Ave looks amazing! Thanks to you…

26 05 2017

Fun for the whole family!

We got a lot accomplished last Saturday, May 20 for Adopt-A-Street Cleanup & Rain Garden Restoration along 14th Ave NW. The sun was out; 35 volunteers worked between NW 65th all the way to Shilshole Ave. A big thank you to our awesome neighbors for collecting 25 bags of trash, 25 bags of yard waste, 1 tiny figurine and 1 old weedwhacker! Neighbors also pitched in to help dig out the rain gardens, including the 6 ft yucca in front of Blowing Sands Glass. Because of the huge scale of the rain garden project, we ran out of time to prune the shrubs in the planters. We will get to that in a few weeks; email us at if you want to help. What a great job of making our neighborhood look beautiful!

We would like to extend our gratitude:

Thanks to Cari of Urban Systems Design and Roseann of Aster Rosa Ecology & Design for their amazing leadership of & commitment to getting things done with the Rain Garden restoration. Thank you to all the rockstars of Dirtcorps who came out & tackled a much bigger job than expected.


The Dirtcorps Rockstars

Thank you to David & Cynthia of Blowing Sands Glass for letting us camp out in front, use there space, & for helping us out.

We would like to give a thank you to Seattle Dept of Neighborhoods for the $3500 grant to make all this a reality. And for Groundswell NW, we are grateful that they were our fiscal sponsor.

A big thank you to our steering committee: Sue, Mary, Chris, Peter, Linda, Rachel & Dawn for organizing & setting this shindig up.

Check out the pics in our Flickr album to see all the fun we had! Be sure to click on the individual photos to read the captions. Thank-you neighbors and we’re looking forward to seeing you again in the fall for our next Adopt A Street Clean up event!

May 20 Adopt-A-Street Cleanup & much more!

8 05 2017

The EBCA invites you to our bi-annual Adopt-A-Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW and Rain Garden Restoration event on Saturday May 20. We will also be celebrating the 1 year anniversary of East Ballard GreenStreet.

What: Adopt-A-Street Cleanup & Rain Garden Restoration Event
Where: NE corner of 14th Ave NW and NW 58th
When: Saturday May 20, 10AM-1:30PM

What: East Ballard Greenstreet celebration
Where: SW corner of 11th Ave NW and NW 58th
When: Saturday May 20, 1:30PM

Come join us, rain or shine, and bring your favorite gardening tools. We’ll provide gloves and vests. This will be a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, learn how rain gardens contribute to environmental health, and help cleanup 14th Ave NW from Ballard High School down to Salmon Bay.

Thanks to the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods matching grant program, the EBCA is bringing in the talents of Cari Simson from Urban Systems Design and DirtCorps, who we partnered with on the East Ballard Greenstreet. Cari will be leading a team of volunteers, including you, in restoring the rain gardens at 14th and 58th.

Coffee and treats will be on hand to keep you well-fueled!


Gemenskap Park is out for construction bid

30 04 2017


We’re pleased to announce that Gemenskap Park just went out for construction bid last week. Bid opening will begin May 17 with plans to start construction this summer. This is a huge milestone for this park which was first conceived by the community over 12 years ago! We’ll continue to keep you posted as we learn more. Check out the final engineering drawings here.

Gemenskap, pronounced Yuh-MEN-skawp, means community in Swedish and truly reflects the perseverance of the East Ballard Community these many years to stick with our dreams, push Seattle Parks and SDOT to work outside of their comfort zone, and demonstrate that with patience and tenacity, our dream of creating a safe, beautiful, and innovative linear park along a former trolley line can come true!

Ballard Corners Park Work Party April 8

27 03 2017


Ballard Corners Park is having a work party Saturday, April 8 from 9AM-2PM, rain or shine. There will be fun work to do for all ages and abilities to keep this gem of a park beautiful and an admiration of the community!

You’ll be spreading wood chips and getting the park ready for spring. Some tools and refreshments will be provided. If you have your own gloves and tools please bring them.  Any questions, please contact Gabriella: or (206) 782-3238. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

What: Ballard Corners Park Work Party
When: Saturday April 8, 9AM-2PM
Where: 1702 NW 62nd St

Groundswell NW has a long and rich history with Ballard Corners Park and continues to support the activities of the Friends of Ballard Corners Park through fiscal sponsorship and mentorship. Click here to learn more about this park and how you can get involved.

Update on Gemenskap Park

1 02 2017


We recently received an update from Seattle Parks that they are still on schedule to begin work on Gemenskap Park this Spring. Final corrections to the bid documents are in process. When complete, these documents will be sent to City Contracting. It then typically takes 2-4 weeks for review before they can advertise the bid. They are planning for a 4-week advertisement period with plans to hire a contractor and start construction in April. The time between bid opening and actual contracting will fluctuate based on contractor response time and the time it takes for them to prepare bonding and insurance requirements. We’ll continue to provide updates as we learn more. 

Speak up to support 6th Ave NW Greenway at Bicycle Advisory Board Meeting Feb 1

30 01 2017


The 6th Ave NW safety corridor that had been prioritized for safety improvements next year is now on hold for the foreseeable future — unless you act now!

Who: Anyone who lives, works, or travels near 6th Ave NW and wants their street to be safer
What: Send email to and/or make a public comment at a meeting of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB)
Where: Seattle Municipal Tower 5th & Cherry Room 3832
When: Wednesday, Feb 1 at 6PM

Talking Points:

  • Families and elders already use 6th Ave NW as a quiet, convenient street to walk through the West Woodland neighborhood
  • There is lots of fast cut-through traffic on and across 6th Ave NW. With just a small investment, an important neighborhood street will be safe for all ages
  • SDOT needs put 6th Ave NW back on the schedule to make it safer for our children and elders
  • 6th Ave NW is an important safe routes to school connector for Pacific Crest Elementary, West Woodland Elementary, Greenwood Elementary and St. John’s Elementary

Our community worked hard to get a safer crossing of NW 65th and 6th Ave NW funded through a neighborhood grant. 

Several community walks affirmed that 6th Ave NW was a slow street that families already use now to walk and bike to Pacific Crest Elementary, West Woodland Elementary, Greenwood Elementary and St. John’s Elementary schools.

This Wednesday, February 1 at 6PM is one of your few chances to get this project back on track and scheduled for safety improvements.

The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) meets on Wednesday from 6 to 8PM in Seattle Municipal Tower 5th & Cherry Room 3832. Public comment is first on the agenda and you could leave by 6:30 if you didn’t want to stay for the whole meeting. SBAB will discuss the SDOT work plan this month and also next month March 1st, same location.

If you feel strongly that you’d like to see safety improvements to slow vehicles to 20 MPH on 6th Ave NW and cannot attend either meeting, you can write to your City Councilmember Mike O’Brien — he also chairs the Transportation subcommittee.