Fireworks canceled, no show this Fourth of July

The annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza over Lake Union has been canceled after the organizer was unable to find a title sponsor.

The Elliott Bay show was canceled last year, so this is the first time in 46 years that Seattle will not have a fireworks show on the Fourth. My Wallingford has the story and neighborhood reaction, which as you might imagine, is one of disbelief — as well of concerns that illegal fireworks may take center stage.

Updated: Click here for updated piece on the effort by citizens and businesses to save the annual show.

Construction planned for NW 80th on Thursday

If you travel along NW 80th on Thursday, you may be detoured. Seattle Department of Transportation crews are taking advantage of spring break to work on NW 80th between 21st Ave NW and 22nd Ave NW. The crews will replace two concrete panels and plan to work from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Flaggers will assist westbound traffic past the construction area, while the eastbound traffic will be detoured at 24th Ave NW to NW 85th St. SDOT advises drivers to select alternate routes. The sidewalks will remain open during construction. If the weather is lousy, this project may be postponed.

Hole at 28th & Market now filled

As we wrote a week ago, the vacant lot at 28th and Market, which has been filled with water for at least a year will soon be put to use.

The property as it was being drained last week.

Robby sent us this updated photo today of the now-filled-in vacant lot. The property owner plans to make this land a monthly paid parking lot. (Thanks Robby for the photo!)

Egg hunts scheduled around the area this weekend

Several places are hosting egg “hunts” this weekend and we put “hunt” in parenthesis for a reason. The hunt last year at Loyal Heights was over and done with in about 30 seconds.

Photo of kids preparing to dash for eggs and goodies at the 2009 Loyal Heights egg hunt.

  • The Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) invites kids 18 months to 10 years old to participate in their spring candy and egg hunt. Kids two and younger will be in the gym while the older kids will be outside. The event takes place rain or shine and starts at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday morning. Non-perishable food donations will be collected.
  • The Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) will also host an egg hunt for kids 2 to 10 on Saturday morning. Fun starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Non-perishable food donations will be collected.
  • On Sunday, neighbors are invited to the Easter egg hunt at Ballard Corners Park. Bring plastic eggs filled with goodies to hide in the park at 10:15. Kids will be let loose at 10:30 a.m. in waves from youngest to oldest.
  • Woodland Park Zoo hosts its annual Bunny Bounce for ages 1-8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. There are crafts, bunny encounters, entertainment and other animal enrichment programs throughout the day. It’s included with zoo admission. “For the health and well being of zoo animals, candy will not be placed inside the eggs – egg hunt participants will receive their treats as they exit the zoo,” the zoo release states.

    (Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.)

    Egg hunts at the zoo for ages 3 and under will be in the Picnic Shelter near the North Meadow continuously from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Egg hunts for ages 3-5 and 6-8 will be in the North Meadow at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

  • Put out that garbage despite possible strike

    Despite the possibility of a garbage strike by Thursday, the city wants you to go ahead and put out your trash, recycling and yard waste as usual.

    In a release Tuesday afternoon, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) asked customers to observe their regular pickup days. If there’s no pickup, leave it out an extra day, Andy Ryan with SPU says. If it’s still not collected that next day, put it out the following week on your regular day.

    The dispute is between Teamsters Local 174 and Waste Management, the company that provides pickup service for about half of Seattle, including Ballard and Crown Hill. A map of Waste Management’s service area is here.

    Over the weekend the drivers voted to authorize a strike if they don’t have a new contract by Thursday. The current contract expires at midnight Wednesday.

    The city’s contract with Waste Management requires continuation of services, and the company has announced it is lining up replacement drivers.

    If you’re wondering what to expect if the union does strike, the Seattle Times has a write-up about how it could affect you.

    Sewage overflow options to be discussed tonight

    In older parts of the King County sewage system, both rain water and sewage travel down the same pipes to the wastewater treatment plant. During heavy rains, these pipes often overflow sending the untreated water directly into Puget Sound. This is called “Combined Sewer Overflow” or CSO. One of the trouble spots is in the North Beach area.

    One of three options to be presented tonight.

    Three alternatives to combat CSO in the North Beach area have been identified. The King County CSO Beach Project team is looking for suggestions, concerns and questions from the community. There will be a community meeting on this project on tonight at the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. If you can’t make it to tonight’s meeting, you can fill out this form until April 16th.

    Sunset Substation project shows off three options

    Three different options for the Sunset Substation Park project were released at the last community meeting. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, organizers would still like your input. “Each scheme seeks to balance solar power generation with community park space and does so in distinct ways,” Matt Hutchins writes on the Sunset Substation blog.

    The first option, above, is called “The Big Roof.” The rooftop consists of 131 solar panels with gaps in between to let in north light.

    The second option, shown above, is called “The Pair.” The plans call for two rooftops consisting of 160 total solar panels, with a courtyard space in the middle.

    “The Wedge” is the third option, shown above. This scheme has a stepped-up green roof with 114 solar panels jutting out from the top of the steps.

    All three options include a multi-purpose room which can be used for community meetings, storage, art classes, etc. The options also include a storage area for emergencies. “We belief that one of that valuable opportunities to embrace in this project is that the solar power could be used in a crisis to run a generator, power cell phones, temporary medical clinic etc. It would act as local clearinghouse for information, and a drop point for supplies,” Hutchins writes.

    The full write-ups on each of the options can be found here. Organizers are looking for your feedback which can be left on their blog. The next meeting will be April 20th at 6:30 p.m. Robert Drucker, one of the organizers, tells us that CAST Architecture will present a single design that combines the best of the three and addresses the community’s comments. “The next phase is the cost estimating and working with another consultant to study grant possibilities,” Drucker tells us, “though our preference has always been to convince City Light to keep the property.”

    Grammas for Ganja public forum tonight

    Tonight is the Grammas for Ganja public forum in Ballard. The executive director for Grammas for Ganja, Jeanne Black-Ferguson, will be hosting the event which she hopes will raise awareness surrounding marijuana law reform. As an advocate for the use of medical marijuana, 36th District Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles will be attending the event. During this legislative session, Sen. Kohl-Welles sponsored Senate Bill 5798, which passed both the state house and senate and has been delivered to Governor Gregoire’s desk (bill as it passed in the Legislature .pdf.)

    During tonight’s public event, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal from the University of Washington will be talking about the medical aspects of Cannabis and Jacqueline Merringer, Manager/Buyer of “Terra Hemp” in Wallingford, a natural fiber clothing and accessory store will speak about the various uses for the plant. 36th District Representative Reuven Carlyle was also invited to attend but his staff has informed us that he cannot make it.

    The event will be held tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ballard House Community Room (2445 NW 57th St.)

    Structures to be removed at 9th Ave NW Park

    The house, dormitory, two sheds and garage that sit in the middle of the future 9th Ave NW Park will soon be removed.

    A fence has been put up around the houses at 7028 9th Avenue NW and the siding has been removed from the dormitory, which is the large southern structure. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is working with Eco Compliance, Long Painting, and the Seattle Conservation Corp. on this project. Signs on the fence explain that the Seattle Conservation Corp. plans to demolish the dormitory and the sheds sometime this week. We spoke with Kellee Jones, with the Parks Department who tells us they are still waiting on permits from the city to begin demolition.