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Mayor to help clean up Ballard Saturday

Posted by Geeky Swedes on April 30th, 2009

It’s time for some spring cleaning in downtown Ballard.

As part of the Mayor’s “Clean and Green Seattle initiative,” Marvin’s Garden Park and the surrounding area will get spruced up this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Mayor Nickels, city workers and volunteers will be cleaning, painting over graffiti, removing old posters from utility poles and pruning the landscaping within the area bounded by 24th Ave NW, 20th Ave NW from NW Market to Shilshole NW. As Rob Mattson, the Ballard District Coordinator puts it, volunteers are needed “to roll up their sleeves for a couple hours to put a spit shine on our well-used and sometimes abused heart of Ballard.” Everyone is welcome to help out (we’ll be there, too). If you have any questions, you can contact Rob at

Earlier: Petition aims to fight crime at Bergen Place, Marvin’s Garden

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29 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 IntegralPoker // Apr 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    What?!?!? I just did a spit-take with my can of seltzer here… did you say that Mayor Nickels is coming to Ballard? And he's doing it without being coerced or at gunpoint or otherwise against his will?

    No… no… I don't believe it.

  • 2 Anthony // Apr 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Will McCheese & his posse arrive in that gus guzzling SUV?

  • 3 chopper_74 // Apr 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I have two good hands, so I'll be there.
    It could certainly use some tlc, thanks Swedes.

  • 4 spiffy // Apr 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    just thinking about the mayor coming makes me Grimace.

  • 5 Born right the first time // Apr 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Actually, I know some people who are deeply involved with helping to combat homelessness in Seattle and according to them, Nickels has been a great help and a tireless advocate..give the guy a break, he's finally doing something good for your community so be glad, not unpleasent and mean…
    that having been said…now that they are planning on cleaning up Marvin's park will anyone be willing to camp out there so that the drug dealers and other undesireables will not simple comeback to set up camp in the nice newly cleaned up park??

  • 6 Trix // Apr 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I think Mayor Knucklehead has earned a little 'unpleasant and mean.'
    That said, this is actually a good thing. Both 'parks' in downtown Ballard could use a clean-up effort. Thanks for the heads up, Geeky Swedes!

  • 7 SPG // Apr 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    You should offer to take him on a tour of Ballard's meth houses. The abandoned house behind Kinko's, 7-11, and the old Denny's site are all within a short walk. In all seriousness it might be the kind of wake up the mayor needs.

  • 8 chopper_74 // Apr 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I'll be focused on the goal of cleaning up the park. Also, if any of you know me, you'll see me, but it won't be chopper 74 showing up…just so you all know.

  • 9 TTTCOTTH // Apr 30, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    So fat boy is coming to Ballard for a visit and photo op. In his chauffeur driven car I'm sure. It's nice that he visits the Plebeians every once in a while.

  • 10 kim // May 1, 2009 at 12:06 am

    make him start in bergen park and then move to the other unsavory places. give him a first hand pov!

  • 11 Ballard_Sucks_Now // May 1, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Mayor? Ballard? Spit?

    I'm having thoughts of the best way to combine these three words…

  • 12 Ballard_Sucks_Now // May 1, 2009 at 12:11 am

    He should come back — without his security detail — and get beat up by thugs later that night…

  • 13 Edog // May 1, 2009 at 12:25 am

    The May0r is coming to Ballard, and all Ballard_Sucks_Now can do is play word games with spit!

    How about that?

  • 14 BallardDINK // May 1, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Holy cow, what an incredible opportunity to speak to the mayor about our needs in Ballard.

    Also, Rob Mattson might be a good person to meet. According to, his job is to bring our needs to the City's attention. That site hasn't been updated since 2007, but the fact that this event is happening on Saturday shows that he's still active.

  • 15 chopper_74 // May 1, 2009 at 1:09 am

    sigh…like I can make anyone do anything…

  • 16 Geeky Swedes // May 1, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Here's the new Ballard District website –

  • 17 Trix // May 1, 2009 at 1:38 am

    I feel your frustration, Chopper_74. But I think most of my fellow cranky butz know how important this is and will be there.
    I just hope it's t-shirt weather on Saturday.

  • 18 chopper_74 // May 1, 2009 at 2:48 am

    well, if you believe the forecast,
    mostly cloudy, low 50's, no rain until evening…

  • 19 Ballard_Sucks_Now // May 1, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Well, I'm thinking it would be great to line up a bunch of vikings and hawk a collective loogie at hizzonor, but I doubt people here have the cajones….

  • 20 The Norwegian // May 1, 2009 at 5:30 am

    So the corpulent one is coming to Ballard eh? BFD. Another photo-op. That and a good yada yada yada session no doubt too. Being a mere figurehead, it's not up to him to clean much of anything, let alone cool the planet. Driving (unfortunately) to Bellevue the other day I was reminded exactly what he and others “leaders” have NOT accomplished. As in fixing 520 or the viaduct. And again WTF are we all waiting for as far as decent signals along Market St? Current ones are from the 60's-70's. Is he going to fix this? We all drive don't we? Or is Market St just a joke? Like Hizzoner, McCheeze. I hope a bird poops on him Sat

  • 21 chopper_74 // May 1, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Hey trix

    so now…four or so hours later…

    this site says t-shirt weather ;-)

    who knows…

    We might just get the mayors good side?

  • 22 chopper_74 // May 1, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Thank you, Geeky Swedes!

  • 23 chopper_74 // May 1, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Yes dink, it is.
    btw, I've been told that the phrase 'Holy cow' is objectionable to some…
    go figure…

  • 24 XY-47 // May 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    last time I saw the mayor do this in Ballard he worked really hard for 3min while the cameras were on then he stopped and left. So Sad…

  • 25 alittlebirdie.... // May 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Cleaning up the park is fine and dandy but what we really need is to get the crime, drugs, booze and transient problems dealt with. If the mayor is going to use the park cleanup as an excuse to claim that he's dealt with the real problems then this is an empty gesture for us and a photo-op for him.

  • 26 Trix // May 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Of course it's an empty gesture and a photo op for Mayor Knucklehead. Empty gestures and photo ops are his specialty.
    But these parks are both a major mess. It doesn't have to be empty for those of us who live here. So pack up your paint brushes and your garbage bags and meet us all down there. It's just a small step but it's a step.

  • 27 Edog // May 1, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Well, as I made a snide comment about him not being around in Ballard on another forum, I have to give him respect for coming to town. Thanks Greg, glad your are stoping by!

    I hope you get to see the bizarre, truly surreal, mix of a happy families living in a great neighborhood mixed with the new and emergent population of transient homeless.

  • 28 Ballard Ave. Resident // May 1, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Is this why we can't park on Ballard or 22nd from 9pm to 6am now? I wish they'd at least let us park on Shilshole during the night in the meantime, but no, still can't park on Shilshole from 2-5 AM. I live on Ballard Ave., what the hell do I do with my car?

  • 29 nwcitizen // May 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    The no parking from 2-5 AM was done to keep homeless people who are living in their cars from parking there. The same was done on 14th NW and around Fred Meyer in Freelard.

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