Ballard Market 30th Anniversary Party!

20 04 2016

Happy Birthday Ballard Market!

West Woodland, Ballard

ballard market

Ballard Market, 1400 NW 56th Street,  is celebrating 30 years in Ballard and you’re invited to the party!  On Saturday, April 23rd, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, the public is invited to enjoy free food, music, memories, and more.  The event is a also a thank you to the community of Ballard!

Date:  Saturday, April 23
Time:  1:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Ballard Market, 1400 NW 56th Street
Event Information:

History of Ballard Market:

The Market was originally a Lucky Grocery Store, but was purchased by Town & Country Markets and re-opened as Ballard Market in March of 1986.  The Market became famous in those early days for “Singles Night,” a way for single people in the community to meet in the grocery store. It eventually fell victim to its own popularity when the fire department requested it be discontinued because of overcrowding.

The Ballard Market originally had a gigantic…

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Ballard Corners Park Work Party this Saturday

7 04 2016



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

Ballard Corners Park Work Party
Saturday April 9 9AM-3PM
17th Ave NW and NW 63rd
rain or shine!

Join your neighbors in weeding, spreading wood chip mulch and cleaning up debris at Ballard Corners park this Saturday. If you have your own gloves and tools please bring them.  Any questions, please contact Gabriella: or (206) 782-3238.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund Program – CALL FOR PROJECTS

31 03 2016

Do you have an idea for a transportation project in your community?


The Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program pays for transportation projects identified and prioritized by the community. Projects range from crossing improvements to creating unique public spaces. Learn about past projects.

What kinds of projects can be submitted?

Projects qualify if they meet the following criteria:

  • Large, but not too large (generally between $100,000 and $1 million to design and construct)
  • Related to transportation
  • Located within SDOT right-of-way (city streets and sidewalks)
  • Have the support of their local neighborhood District Council

Projects that change the number of lanes on a roadway or propose a change to traffic control (stop signs or traffic signals) must also be evaluated by SDOT for feasibility.

How can I learn more?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about the application process. SDOT staff will be attending District Council meetings in March to discuss the program. We encourage potential applicants to attend one of these meetings and to work with members of their District Council to develop their proposals. Once we confirm these and additional meetings, we’ll add them to our Upcoming Meetings page.

How are projects funded?
In November 2015, Seattle voters passed the Levy to Move Seattle. The 9-year, $930 million levy provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.

The levy includes $24M to continue the Neighborhood Street Fund program over the next 9 years.  Before 2016, funds for this program came from the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy, passed by voters in November 2006.

What’s the timeline from start to finish?

The NSF program will have three 3 year cycles to select, design, and build projects.  The schedule for the first of these cycles is as follows:

February 23, 2016 Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) call for applications
March 2016 Briefings for Neighborhood District Councils on NSF Program
April 17, 2016 Deadline for submitting NSF Proposals to SDOT
May 2016 Screening of proposals by SDOT and selection of 5 projects by each of the 13 Neighborhood District Councils for further evaluation
June – August 2016 SDOT conducts a high level design & cost estimate of the 65 projects selected by the neighborhood District Councils.
September 2016 Each Neighborhood District Council prioritizes its own list of projects.
September – October 2016 The Move Seattle Citizen Oversight Committee evaluates all proposed projects and makes funding recommendations to the Mayor & City Council.
November 2016 2017 Budget adopted
2017 SDOT designs projects
2018 SDOT builds projects


If you have questions, additional translated material, or need help with accessing the application, please contact us at or 206-733-9361.

The 14th Ave NW Park could actually break ground this year!

29 03 2016


We are encouraged to share the following email message from Jesús Aguirre, our new Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, that was sent to a few members of the EBCA who had written to him and City Council asking for their support in ensuring that the 14th Ave NW Park doesn’t suffer from any more setbacks. Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Debora Juarez have also pledged their support for the park. We appreciate the support and are looking forward to working more with the City as this project moves toward completion. If you’re interested in seeing the latest engineering drawings, click here.

From: Aguirre, Jesús
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:42 AM

Subject: Re: 14th Ave NW Park – Where’s the green?

An update from our Planning and Development Division:

Plans for the new Park are currently going through the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Street Use Street Improvement Permit, or SIP process, for approval since the new Park is in Street Right of Way.  We have resubmitted corrections to our 90% plans on March 11 and are now waiting for SDOT to complete its normal review correction cycle.  They have indicated to us that internal comments will be due by 3/31/16 and are planning to turn them around for correction consideration as soon as possible after the due date.  

Once this review cycle is completed we make any necessary corrections required to obtain the SIP permit.  We will then proceed directly to preparing the final bid documents for review by City Contracting, then advertisement for bid, bid opening, award contract, preconstruction meeting and notice to proceed .   Once the SIP permit is received we expect the remaining tasks to take approximately five months before construction actually begins.   We expect to receive the SIP permit in April which would result in a construction start in early September 2016.  

Seattle Parks and Recreation is committed to this project and is very excited about adding open space in the Ballard neighborhood.

Thank you!

Jesús Aguirre
Seattle Parks and Recreation

The latest tally for naming the 14th Ave NW Park

22 03 2016


Thank you neighbors for your thoughtful contributions for naming the 14th Ave NW park. We’ve put together a word cloud above that shows the combined suggestions collected from last September’s Ballard Summer Parkways event and from your recent recommendations via our Facebook page and email. The larger names in the graphic reflect repeated suggestions (or likes). Here’s a complete list of the suggested names as originally submitted.

According to the criteria set by the City, naming the park should take into consideration geographical location, historical or cultural significance, distinctive natural or geological features, and should not be named after someone still living. Looking through the list, there seem to be a few themes that bubble up based on the criteria:

Suggestions that are historically and geographically significant for East Ballard

The Trolley Line , Trolley Park,  Trolley 27 Park or The Park @ Trolley  27
Naming the park after the #27 Trolley that used to run along 14th Ave NW from Salmon Bay up to NW 70th would be historically and geographically significant. The tracks used to run up the middle of the street, where the medians are today. The long term vision for this park is to run the full mile from Ballard High School to Salmon Bay, like the Trolley Line did. Check out Vintage West Woodland’s recent article about the #27 Trolley here.

Augusta Gay Boulevard Park
There used to be a majestic red farmhouse that stood on the SE corner of NW 60th and 14th Ave NW for 98 years. It was the home and office of former real-estate and insurance agent, Augusta Gay. In 2002, this home was moved to a location further east on NW 60th and replaced with the town homes that are there today. Many people in the neighborhood refer to this  home by the women’s name (The Augusta Gay House). Naming the park after Augusta Gay would be historically and geographically significant, and named after someone significant to the neighborhood who is no longer living. Here’s a link to a 2002 article about moving the house, a pic of the house today and what the neighborhood map looked like in 1904 (14th was Railroad Ave and NW 60th was E. Baker St).

Suggestions that are historically and culturally significant to Ballard, but maybe not to East Ballard

Edith Macefield Park
Edith Macefield
 was a real estate holdout when the Ballard Blocks were developed along 14th Ave NW south of Leary. She was a very strong lady who gathered the support of her community and brought people together by the common goal of doing what was right. They built around her but didn’t break her spirit. 

Charles Treat Park
Charles Treat was the first Mayor of Ballard before the city became a part of Seattle (due to the need for fresh water). It seems a “treat” to have a new park in Ballard.

Shilshole Park
Named in honor the first settlers of this area, The Duwamish Tribe, who lived off the plentiful salmon and clams in the region. Shilshole is Duwamish for “Threading the Needle”.

Leaf-Air-N-Sun Park
A play on Leif Erikson, an Icelandic explorer considered by some as the first European to land in North America. Leif is a very well known historical figure in Ballard and a symbol of the strong Nordic Heritage in this community.

Hyggelig Park
In keeping with Ballard’s Norwegian heritage, hygge or hyggelig means the good feeling of spending time with family and friends. Shared time that warms the soul. This suggestion was submitted by a neighbor who lives close to the new park whose family is from Norway and she’s lived in Ballard for over 45 years.

It’s been fun learning more about the history of our neighborhood and to see some excitement growing about the park. We will be sharing this information with the Parks Department this week and will continue to report back as we learn more!


Big Win! Two neighborhood projects move forward.

12 03 2016

West Woodland, Ballard

A group of children running outside

The West Woodland neighborhood scored a major victory at Wednesday’s Ballard District Council meeting.

On the agenda, TWO public works projects that would enhance our neighborhood’s safety & livability. Both voted to move to the next round of reviews by the Council.

Proposal Descriptions:

1. Off-Leash Dog Area at Gilman Park: Proposal created by Susan Barth would provide dog owners much needed pooch play space right here in the heart of Ballard. Currently, dog owners must commute to Golden Gardens or Lower Woodland Park. Read more here:

2. Safety Enhancements at 6th Ave NW & NW 65th Street: Proposal created by Chris Saleeba of Ballard Greenways would create a safe crossing on the future 6th Ave NW Greenway, at NW 65th. Currently there is NO safe way to cross at this location. Read more here:

Next Steps:

Seattle Department of Transportation, City Neighborhood Council, and…

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Greenwood explosion relief efforts

10 03 2016

photo courtesy of Seattle Times

In response to the explosion at 85th and Greenwood yesterday, the Phinney Neighborhood Association and the PNA Business Advisory Group have come together to create an action plan. They are in contact with the City and various community members and are consolidating information as they know more. We are grateful to be part of a community that quickly steps up to help.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to the fund for those affected by the explosion here. 100% of the money raised by the PNA will go directly to relief efforts.

Checks can be made out to Phinney Neighborhood Association with “Greenwood disaster relief” in the memo and sent to:

PNA – Greenwood Relief Fund
6532 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103

There are also several fundraising events starting today and through the next week that we invite you to participate to show your support for our neighbors. A complete list of activities and opportunities to volunteer are being kept up to date on the Phinney Neighborhood Center site, here. Some of these activities are right here in Ballard:

Lucky Envelope Brewing will be donating $1 from all full pours and $2 of all growler fills to the fund on Thursday, March 10 (3-9 pm), and will be accepting monetary donations for the fund for the next week.

Populuxe Brewing and Stoup Brewing will be donating $1 per pint to support relief efforts.

Domanico Cellars will be donating $1 for each glass and bottle they sell to help out the business that were affected.



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