Belltown is moving ahead with plans to create a four-block “park boulevard” along Bell St. — a project that’s closely watched by Ballard residents who have similar plans to transform 14th Ave. NW. The Belltown project will feature fountains, lights, trees and play areas designed to provide a safe pedestrian corridor. Ballard organizers envision eliminating the center median along 14th and converting the bumpy road into a new boulevard with large open spaces for broad walkways, trees, bike paths and even gardens.
This is a very preliminary sketch from several months ago. Organizers of the 14th Ave. Visioning Project will be presenting their plans at this Wednesday’s Ballard District Council meeting, which runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meanwhile, construction in Belltown could begin as early as this summer.