Mark your calendar for Nov 18 Fall Clean Sweep on 14th Ave NW

8 11 2017

Join us as we clean up 14th Ave NW and tidy up the medians and planters. Waffles, coffee and hot apple cider donated by the Ballard Market will be on hand to get you motivated! Bring your friends, bring the kids, we’ll bring the rest! This will be a rain or shine event, so dress for the weather.

What:    EBCA Fall Clean Sweep
   Saturday November 18 10AM-1PM
Where: Blowing Sands Glass (5805 14th Ave NW)


Update on Gemenskap Park

12 10 2017


We heard from our Parks Project Manager, Toby Ressler, this week who shared with us some good news on the construction plans for Gemenskap Park. Here’s what we know:

  • As of Friday Oct 6, Seattle Department of Transporation (SDOT) has approved and issued the Street Improvement Permit (SIP) for construction of the park.
  • Construction start date is tentatively set for January 2, 2018, however, Seattle Parks are in discussion with the contractor, Jansen Inc., to outline the best time to begin construction while still providing safe pedestrian and vehicle accessibility on 14th Ave NW during construction.
  • Construction will require a 2-3 month detour route on 14th Ave NW between NW 58th and NW 60th.
  • Jansen Inc. anticipates completing the project in late spring 2018.

It looks like this is actually going to happen, and soon! We’ll continue to keep you informed as we receive new updates!

In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday Nov 4 10AM-1PM for our Clean Sweep event along 14th Ave NW. We’ll be posting an invite soon with more details!

Update on Gemenskap Park

5 09 2017


We are getting very close to seeing this park that was conceived on a back of a napkin back in 2004 actually get built! We recently heard some good news from our Parks Project Manager, Toby Ressler, that Parks intends to sign a contract with Jansen, Inc to construct the Gemenskap Park! If all goes well, work could begin before the end of this year. We’re still trying to nail down the exact date with the Parks Department. We’ll continue to keep you posted..

If you’re new to the neighborhood and are curious about the details of the park, here are some highlights…

If you’re not an engineering geek and your eyes just glaze over at the site of all those lines in the engineering drawings, then no worries, we sat down with our designers at Mithun and compiled the following overview to help you out:

What’s the park going to look like?
Gemenskap Park (formerly 14th Ave NW Park) will be a 2 block linear park that runs along the east side of 14th Ave NW from NW 59th St to NW 61st St. The current sidewalks on the east side (for these 2 blocks) will be replaced with brand new 12′ wide concrete sidewalks that will be wide enough for walking and wheeled activities. The park will include rain gardens that will not only filter stormwater before entering Salmon Bay, but will also provide a buffer between park users and vehicle traffic. Vehicle traffic will run side by side on the west side (no longer separated by a median) between NW 59th and NW 61st.

How are cars going to be diverted at NW 59th and NW 61st traveling north?
Speed limit on 14th Ave NW between Market and NW 65th will drop down to 20 mph (today, it’s 30 mph). This significant drop in speed will allow for vehicle transition to be done at stop signs. There will be a 4-way stop at NW 59th, NW 60th and another at NW 61st. If you are traveling north, you will stop at NW 59th, transition diagonally to the west alongside south bound vehicles, stop at NW 60th and then stop again at NW 61st where you’ll transition back to the east side with vehicles separated by a median again. If you’re traveling south, you’ll stay in the same lane along 14th and will stop at NW 61st, NW 60th and NW 59th.

What about lighting?
Pedestrian scale lighting will be provided along the 2 block park that should provide adequate lighting of the walkway without affecting neighboring homes. The existing street-scale lighting will remain as well. It’s not clear what’s going to happen with the light between NW 59th and 60th that’s strung in the middle of the median. We’re pretty sure that’ll get replaced with pedestrian-scale lighting.

June2014_drawingWhat’s going on at the NW 60th intersection?
The intersection at NW 60th will have a 4-way stop and will be raised to sidewalk level so that people driving across the intersection will encounter a bump up when approaching and a bump down when leaving. People walking or biking along the park’s sidewalk through the intersection (north/south) will not experience an elevation change. There will also be bollards on the north and south sections of the intersection on the park side to provide a buffer from vehicles.

What about the trees?
Some existing trees will be removed and replaced with a mixture of larger and smaller trees where it makes sense. The significantly large tree near NW 59th on the east side will remain in place and accommodations will be made for its root system in the new sidewalk design.

Will there be play structures?
Not at this stage of the project. There will be a few grassy mounds to play/roll around on, plus the rain gardens will be accessible for learning and play. There will be grass space for lawn games as well. Once the park is complete and the community has played in it for a while AND there’s a strong interest for structured play equipment, this could be added at a later time.

What about an offleash dog park?
Sorry, no offleashing in this park. It’s really not big enough. You and your leashed dog will be more than welcome to enjoy the park!

Additional information about this park project and how to get in touch with our Parks Project manager can be found on the Parks Department website. You’re also welcome to contact us at the EBCA and we’ll do our best to get you the info you’re looking for.

If  you want to learn more about the 12 year history of this community-inspired park, check out the Gemenskap Park page on our site. If you’d like to get involved with the park or have East Ballard community project ideas, please contact us at

Support NW Seattle Parks at Reuben’s Brews July 27!

23 07 2017


Taste great beer and support NW Seattle parks! Join Groundswell NW (EBCA’s fiscal sponsor and mentor) at Reuben’s Brews in Ballard for a fundraising event. For each pint purchased, $1 will be donated to Groundswell NW to benefit parks in NW Seattle. Visit with Groundswell NW Board members Thursday July 27 4pm-8pm to talk about open space issues, neighborhood parks, and learn how you can change your gardening practices to encourage nature into your garden.

Invite your friends, bring the kids, dogs and all. Come enjoy beer and summer in Ballard!

What: Thank-you Thursday for Groundswell NW
When: July 27 11AM-10PM (Groundswell NW board members will be on hand 4PM-8PM)
Where: Reuben’s Brews 5010 14th Ave NW


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!