2016 Pedaler’s fair kicks off with a free bike party in Ballard July 3

3 07 2016


What:  FREE BIKE: ten days of summer bike fun and a July 3 block party in Ballard
When: Festival, July 1-10. FREE BIKE Party and Pedaler’s Fair, July 3.
Where: The festival will be all over the Seattle area. The FREE BIKE Party is on NW 49th Street at 17th Ave NW
Cost: Free!
Who: People of all ages who want to celebrate biking and local bike businesses

FREE BIKE Party is the biggest highlight of the ten-day FREE BIKE festival. It’s an all-day street party in Ballard with:

Play Streets in East Ballard

26 06 2016


This past year, Seattle Department of Transportation kicked off a pilot program to introduce Plays Streets in Seattle.

A play street closes a neighborhood street to traffic so that kids (and adults) can have more space for play and physical activity. School play streets provide additional space for recess or other special activities, like a field day. Community play streets help neighbors create more space for play during the summer or after school.

The summer has been successfully kicked off and we’ve heard that a very successful community play street along NW 58th St between 11th and 14th Ave NW has started up again this week and neighbors are inviting families in the ‘hood to join them and see what it’s like. Maybe it’ll inspire you to start up your own play street!

When: Every Thursday 5:30pm-9pm
Where: NW 58th St between 11th and 14th Ave NW
What: Come meet your neighbors, let the kids play in the street. Bicycles are welcome especially since it’s along the Greenway!

According to the Play streets map, there are a few more in the neighborhood. If you’d like us to help spread the word, please contact us!


Find the BGT Missing Link – Public Meetings — West Woodland, Ballard

19 06 2016

The Burke-Gilman Trail (BGT) is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling facilities in Seattle, a vibrant trail connecting multiple neighborhoods and other city and regional trails. It serves as a major transportation corridor for commuter and recreational bicyclists. The Burke-Gilman Trail Extension (Missing Link) Project would connect two existing portions of the […]

via Find the BGT Missing Link – Public Meetings — West Woodland, Ballard

8th Annual Sustainable Ballard Edible Garden Tour June 25th

16 06 2016

Sustainable Ballard invites you to a walking/biking tour of SW Ballard food gardens. Now in it’s 8th year, the Edible Garden Tour has been an inspiration to hundreds of gardeners every June.

Date: Saturday June 25, 2016
10 am – 3 pm
Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW
How: Buy your Tickets / Map at the start point on the day of the tour
Cost: $10 per person (kids are free).

Grow, don’t mow!

The goal for this event is to educate and inspire folks to grow food by giving examples of creative uses of parking strips, containers, raised beds, bee houses, chicken coops, goats, fruit trees, berries and more!  Meet the gardeners and ask questions.  This self-guided tour includes more than a dozen gardens to explore within walking distance of the Ballard Community Center.  Your $10 supports Sustainable Ballard’s community projects.

Check our more info on Sustainable Ballard’s website.


Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs Drill this Saturday

6 06 2016


Earthquakes on Your Mind?

Come see what your community is doing to be prepared in the event of a major disaster. you are invited to participate in the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs Drill this Saturday, June 11, 9 AM – noon (see location & time details below) Join your neighbors in a simulated earthquake neighborhood response drill of the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs. The larger Cascadia Rising Drill, conducted by state, county and city agencies is running all this week, and Ballard is doing its part to be prepared by conducting drills at Ballard Commons Park and Ballard Shilshole Marina this Saturday.

Stop by and ask to be “put to work”. Volunteering as a Citizen Actor, you will draw a short script from the Bowl of Misfortunes and put the crew to the test. Your participation will test how the team accomplishes their mission and will help you learn how you can be ready to help in the event of a disaster!

Participating Hub drill locations

Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave NW
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Ballard Shilshole Marina
7001 Seaview Ave NW
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Broadview Lutheran Memorial Church
13047Greenwood Ave N
9:00 am – 11:00 am

High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way SW
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Lake City Fred Meyer south parking lot
13000 Lake City Way NE
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Phinney Community Center
6532 Phinney Avenue N
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Rainier Beach Community Club VFW Hall
6038 S. Pilgrim
9:30 am – noon

West Magnolia Playfield
32nd Ave W & W Smith St
9:00 am – 11:00 am

West Queen Anne Playfield
150 W Blaine St
9:00 am – 11:00 am

New Hub locations that are holding an open house booth:

Lakewood Seward Park Community Club
4916 S. Angeline Street
10:00 am – noon
New Hub! Info table only

Madison Park
42nd Ave E and E Howe St
9:30 am – 11:30 am
New Hub! Info table only

Alaska Junction Hope Lutheran Church
4456 42nd Ave SW
9:00 am – noon
New Hub! Info table only

See the detailed map on Seattle Emergency Hubs home page  for locations, specific times, and learn more about the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.

Name for the 14th Ave NW Park announced by Seattle Parks

17 05 2016

It takes gemanskap to build a park!

Readers may remember that back in March, Seattle Parks and Recreation asked the community to submit name suggestions for the 14th Ave NW Park. The Park naming committee received over 60 unique name suggestions and after long deliberation announced their decision in a press release yesterday afternoon.

The new name for the 14th Ave NW park will be Gemenskap Park (pronounced Yuh-MEN-skawp), which is the Swedish word for community. The name was chosen “because this was a community initiated project and because of the area’s Swedish history and influence, the Park Naming Committee believes this unique park will help build community by turning parking into park space. While there are several Ballard parks that have Norwegian names, this is the first with a Swedish name.”

Now that the park has a name, let’s hope that it’s a good sign that the City will be breaking ground in the near future! We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.




An awesome turnout for last Saturday’s Adopt A Street Cleanup

16 05 2016

Click on the pic to view the album

We had a great turnout for Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW last Saturday. Even though the weather was iffy, we had 28 volunteers walk along 14th Ave NW between NW 65th all the way to Shilshole Ave and collect 13 bags of trash, 23 bags of yard waste and 1 lawn mower engine! Plucky neighbors also got out the shears and pruned down the shrubs in the median south of NW 58th to improve visibility. Many of the shrubs in the planters north of 58th were pruned as well. All this accomplished in just 3 hours!


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 October for our next Adopt A Street Clean up event!