To encourage people to use our parks, the Parks Department is waiving the fees for some uses of Bergen Place and Marvin’s Garden.
Generally, a group must pay $75 for a permit, but not for community events at these Ballard parks. “There may exist uses which we may not be able to permit (anything lewd or objectionable or unsafe),” Dan Iverson with the Community Parks Program says,”or which we cannot waive fees on (exclusive use and private benefit are the general areas Parks needs to be careful about), but on the whole the intention is encourage activity, which generally means Parks is predisposed to waiving fees whenever possible.” In order to bypass the fees you need to go through him (firstname.lastname@example.org) not through the traditional channels. This announcement comes on the heels of Seattle Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher creating an exclusion zone at the three parks.
Clarification: While all three of the downtown Ballard parks are part of the exclusion zone, the fees can be waived at Bergen Place Park and Marvin’s Garden and not Ballard Commons Park.