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!

17th of May Festival Syttende Mai — West Woodland, Ballard

12 05 2016

Next Tuesday is Ballard’s popular celebration of Syttende Mai [Soot-n-duh My] 17th of May Festival for Norway Constitution Day. Syttende Mai has been celebrated in Ballard since 1889, and the annual event is one of the largest 17th of May celebrations outside of Norway. List of Events & Venues: Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th Street Free […]

via 17th of May Festival Syttende Mai — West Woodland, Ballard

Join us for Adopt A Street Clean up along 14th Ave NW this Saturday

10 05 2016

Tell your neighbors and Friends! See ya this Saturday 10am-1pm for Adopt A Street Clean up along 14th Ave NW. Meet us at Blowing Sands Glass (corner of 14th Ave NW and NW 58th St), meet your neighbors over a cup of coffee and help clean up your neighborhood!

2016_Adopt-a-street flyer

GiveBig today to support EBCA

3 05 2016

The Seattle Foundation has organized the biggest-ever “day of giving” called giveBIG to raise money for local nonprofits. We’re asking you to giveBIG TODAY to support EBCA’s mentor organization and nonprofit fiscal sponsorGroundswell NW.

Your tax-deductible donation to Groundswell NW through Seattle Foundation’s giveBIG event today will support Groundswell NW’s mission to empower NW Seattle to create, activate and care for parks, open space and habit. Supporting Groundswell NW today will enable them to continue providing mentorship, fiscal support and advocacy for community groups like the EBCA.

All contributions to Groundswell NW will be matched proportionally during this 24 hour period – in other words, the more friends and supporters like you who give to Groundswell NW, the more The Seattle Foundation will stretch those gifts from their own GiveBIG pool, increasing the impact of every donation made today (May 3).

Please show your support for the East Ballard Community Association and Groundswell NW today!

Jane’s Walk Habitat Crawl – Saturday May 7

2 05 2016


Join Groundswell NW this Saturday, May 7 from 10AM-11:30AM for a leisurely Jane’s Walk tour through the West Woodland/East Ballard neighborhood. Jan Satterthwaite, landscape architect and Groundswell NW board member will guide you on a walking journey through NW Seattle, looking at how the built and natural environment shapes the experience of wildlife and people sharing our neighborhoods. Together, you will discover unique local plants of use for wildlife and share wildlife experience stories. The tour will start at the West Woodland Elementary (5601 4th Ave NW) playground rain garden. From there  you will walk approximately 4 blocks to the East Ballard rain gardens on 11th Ave NW/NW 57th St. From there you will walk about 12 blocks to the 11th Ave NW Street End Park and then circle back to West Woodland Elementary. The grade is flat most of the way, so the habitat crawl should be easy for most salamander and small mammal-types.

For more information about this walk and more happening throughout Seattle during the weekend, check out the official Jane’s Walk site at:


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