The East Ballard Community Association (EBCA) is hosting a meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. to educate the community about upcoming projects along 14th Ave NW. The meeting will be at St. Alphonsus School Cafeteria, 5816 15th Ave NW. The EBCA is pursuing two different projects that will improve the Ballard neighborhood.
The first project, Planting Partnerships on 14th Ave NW, brings the community together to plant and care for the new planters at the median ends along 14th Ave NW north of Market St. These planters will be installed in April. Participants can learn about the current status of the planters and about volunteer opportunities. The volunteer hours for this project will contribute toward the Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Grant.
The second project is to pursue Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy funds to transform two blocks of 14th Ave NW between NW 59th and NW 61st into an urban park boulevard as part of the first phase implementation of the 14th Ave NW Visioning Project Plan. This is a unique opportunity to create community open space in the east Ballard neighborhood and the community is invited to help shape the future of this design.
Adds Dawn Hemminger, president of the EBCA in comments: “One of the purposes of this meeting tonight is to get this kind of input. The drawing is just a starting point to help people visualize the area. We’re going to set aside a portion of the meeting for brainstorming and discussion about how the park could be configured and what elements/activities the park should have. We want this to be a community park designed by the community and used by the community. In order to position this project favorably for Parks funding, we also need to show that the community wants a Park Boulevard. The meeting tonight is an opportunity to show this. It’s also an opportunity to meet your neighbors and participate in a community event where you can have a voice and make a difference.”