Check out the newest little park in Ballard

17 06 2015


Last Thursday, Professor Winterbottom’s Landscape ArchitectureDesign/Build Class at UW held a dedication ceremony and potluck at the 11th Ave NW Street End Park they designed and installed in just a few months! That’s quite a feat considering what a gem of a little park they’ve given to our community.  This new park and view point is just a hop skip and a jump from the Burke Gilman on the west side of Fred Meyer. Take a few moments out of your day to check it out and you won’t be disappointed. On a bike? Then try out the new bike racks. Like the connection to water? Then set a spell on the boardwalk. Like birds? Then watch to see who nests in the brightly colored purple martin bird houses strung along the park. Coming by at night? The solar powered totem should guide your way.

Check out pics from the dedication and visit today!


Construction for Street improvements at 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th starting soon

14 06 2015

Click on graphic for downloadable PDF

The project to build pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place as part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Neighborhood Street Fund and Safe Routes to Schools programs is planning to start construction as early as June 15. 

You can learn more about the project background and impacts by visiting the project webpage at  

Don’t hesitate to contact Kate Cole with any questions or call 206-615-0925.

Neighborhood Street Fund Program                                    

If you need this information translated, please call 206-684-7623.

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Burke Gilman Missing Link EIS Open House on June 18

11 06 2015


Project Website
2003 Seattle City Council Resolution 30583
Seattle Bike Blog review of EIS scoping process

EIS Open House – Thursday June 18th, 6-8pm
Ballard High School Cafeteria
1418 NW 65th St
Presentation at 6:30pm


11th Ave NW Street End Park potluck this Thursday

8 06 2015


The UW students in Professor Winterbottom’s Landscape Architecture Design/Build Class have been hard at work installing the new public shoreline park we gave you a sneak peek to back in March. They’re putting the final touches on the project right now and have invited the community to come celebrate at their dedication and potluck Thursday June 11, 3:30PM-5:00PM, which will be on site at the 11th Ave NW street end (just follow 11th Ave NW south across Leary and continue walking until you hit the water). It’s a beautiful hidden little spot and the perfect place to get a little connection to nature when taking a walk or ride along the Burke Gilman or stopping in to shop at the Fred Meyer.

If you want to get your hands dirty, (PLANTING HAS BEEN POSTPONED, WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED) they’ll be planting all day Tuesday June 9 from 8AM-5PM and would love to have the community drop in during the day to help. Note that the planting date is subject to plant delivery, so it might change to Wednesday. We’ll keep you posted!

Dedication Flyer

Join Sustainable Ballard and Abbey Arts for Ballard Rain Fest!

3 06 2015

pic courtesy of Sustainable Ballard


Join Sustainable Ballard and Abbey Arts  on June 13th at Ballard Homestead (6541 Jones Ave NW) for a celebration of WATER! Fun for the whole family!

Family-friendly fun! Check out RainWise demos, along with water-themed games, art, and science activities! Meet RainWise contractors and learn how to get a RainWise rebate.

Bring your neighbors. Featuring food carts, ice cream, prizes, and more!

3-4:30 PM: Early show – Yaima (Pepper Proud]
All ages concert + Kids music workshop after the show
$5 early discount, $8 at the door, kids 12 & under free

7:30 PM: Evening show with Tomo Nakayama [Grand Hallway}, St Kilda [Joshua Morrison}, Levi Fuller
$8 advance, $10 door

For tickets:,

Festival presented by Sustainable Ballard with RainWise, a program of Seattle Public Utilities and King County.

Concerts presented by Abbey Arts and Ballard Homestead. Ballard Homestead is a new non-profit space for community, managed by Abbey Arts.

Seattle City Council District 6 candidates forum is June 6

30 05 2015

The Phinney Ridge Community Council and Phinney Neighborhood Association are hosting a candidates forum for the new Seattle City Council District 6 from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Incumbent Councilmember Mike O’Brien and challengers Catherine Weatbrook and Jon Lisbin will answer questions on zoning, land use, development, transportation, environment, civic engagement, public safety, etc.

District 6 covers Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard and Fremont. Click here for a PDF map of District 6. Click here for information on all districts.

Department of Neighborhoods People’s Academy for Community Engagement – applications due May 29

23 05 2015

The People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is a civic leadership development program that builds the skills of emerging community leaders. During the 12-month program, 26 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, inclusive engagement, and accessing government from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations, and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

PACE Curriculum

These topics will be covered in the 2015-2016 program:

Accessing Government
Community Organizing
Meeting Facilitation
Sustaining Involvement
Conflict Management
Public Speaking
Approaches to Leadership
Inclusive Outreach & Public Engagement
Each session is taught by facilitators from community and nonprofit organizations, along with city of Seattle departments, who have expertise in the topic and in facilitating group discussion.

Sessions and Community Projects
Sessions are held on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-9 p.m. at Seattle University. They begin in September 2015 and go through May 2016.

From May through August 2016, participants work in teams with neighborhood groups to plan, engage in, and implement community projects.

Tuition is $100. It is payable upon receipt of invoice after acceptance into the program. Tuition assistance is available.

PACE Application Process
Visit to apply online (after April 13). The application deadline is May 29. Notifications of acceptance will be issued by July 10, 2015.

Learn More
Visit for details and the online application. For questions, contact:

Wendy Watson
phone: 206-684-0719

Download a flier HERE!


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