McDonald’s accident victim identified

We’ve learned the identity of the man who was run over Monday in the McDonald’s parking lot on Market Street. 67 year old George Ketah was killed when a driver ran over him as she was backing out of a parking space.

The medical examiner says Ketah had lacerations to the lung, liver, and spleen. He also had rib and spinal fractures. His death was ruled accidental and the driver was not arrested.

City won’t appeal ‘Missing Link’ ruling

The City of Seattle made it official this morning, deciding not to appeal a judge’s ruling on the missing link of the Burke-Gilman Trail. Instead, the city will follow this judge’s order to conduct an environmental review of a small section of the missing link that was left out of the original study. SDOT tells us the review on Shilshole Avenue from 17th Ave. to Vernon Place will take about six months.

A group of businesses fighting the proposed missing link lost in court on 8 of the 9 issues that went before the judge. Once this environmental review is complete, the group can still appeal those 8 issues. Attorneys for the businesses tell MyBallard they haven’t decided what steps to take, but they continue to push for an alternative “cycletrack” through downtown Ballard.

Bridge painting to affect pedestrians & bicyclists

This summer, Seattle Department of Transportation crews will paint one half of the Ballard Bridge, affecting pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Rick Sheridan with SDOT tells us that pedestrian access on either the east or west side of the bridge will be shut down entirely during the painting. The other side of the bridge will remain open. No word on when painting will start or which side of the bridge crews will work on first. The side that isn’t painted this year will be painted next year.

Community center at risk of being shut down

Seattle Parks and Recreation is facing a $2.5 million budget shortfall this year, which means at least one of our neighborhood community centers is at risk of being closed down. According to KING 5 News, either the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) or Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) face the possibility of closure because of their close proximity.

“Our family has played & volunteered at Loyal Heights Community Center for over 20 years,” My Ballard reader Eli emailed us when he heard the news. “Parks are a large part of what keeps our neighborhood great.”

There are two public meetings scheduled for people to voice their opinion on the possible closure, as well as other cuts that are expected this year. Those cuts, according to KING 5, include closing 24 of 27 wading pools and closing two to three community swimming pools.

“We’re asking neighbors and patrons to attend one of these hearings and to share their positive experiences about the center’s programs,” said Melissa Valenzuela, the Recreation Center Coordinator at the Loyal Heights Community Center in an email to My Ballard. “While we do not know how Loyal Heights Community Center will be impacted, we hope patrons will speak on behalf of all recreation programs and facilities, including nearby Ballard and Bitter Lake Community Centers. We hope patrons will tell our city leaders about what would happen if Seattle Parks no longer offered low-cost fitness programs, no longer offered preschool classes, no longer offered teen programs, or no longer offered activities for patrons over age 55.”

The first hearing is tonight, April 28th at the New Holly Gathering Hall in South Seattle (7054 32nd Ave S). The second meeting, which is closer to Ballard will be held Tuesday, May 4 at North Seattle Community College Cafeteria (9600 College Way North). Sign-in for both meetings starts at 5 p.m. with the public hearing at 5:30 p.m.

Earlier this week, Seattle Parks and Recreation chief Tim Gallagher resigned his post. Parks and Recreation faces cuts of more than $10 million and more than 100 full-time positions in 2011, reports the Seattle Times.

Nordic fashion hits the catwalk at Nordic Heritage Museum

On May 8th, the auditorium at the Nordic Heritage Museum will be full of fashionistas watching the catwalk at the Arctic Summer: A Nordic Fashion Show. Unfortunately, the show is so popular that it’s already sold out.

Danish brand Molo Kids.
Organizers have lined up nearly 20 Scandinavian designers who haven’t yet made their mark in Seattle. “It’s everything from more wearable, casual to more out there, extreme ‘high fashion'” Stina Cowen with the Nordic Heritage Museum tells us. Organizers have worked hard to bring in names that you can’t find here, like Nudie Jeans (Sweden), Spaksmannsspjarir (Iceland) and Molo Kids (Denmark). “Design is such an important component of Scandinavian life and culture and we wanted to take the opportunity to share that,” Cowen says.

The fashion show is timed with Sweden Week, which celebrates contemporary Sweden. In attendance at the fashion show will be honored guests Swedish Princess Madeleine (shown right) and Sounders Mid-fielder Freddie Ljungberg, who hails from Halmstad, Sweden.

There are quite a few events scheduled during Sweden Week, May 2-9th. For an entire rundown, click here.

Bop Street Records moving to Market Street

There’s a moving sale going on at Bop Street Records (5219 Ballard Ave NW) as owner Dave Vorhees prepares for a short move to the former Tableau space at 2220 NW Market St.

Bop Street has been a Ballard institution since 1984 and has been in the Ballard Ave location since 2001. “I’m looking forward to being moved,” Vorhees laughs, “But I’m not looking forward to the move itself.” To make the move easier, Vorhees has marked down everything in the store through the end of May with the majority of the records in the basement marked at $3.

The last day for Bop Street on Ballard Ave is June 30th. Vorhees hopes to have the grand opening at the new location on July 1. “I think it’s going to be fantastic,” Vorhees says about the new location, “I think I’ll have a lot more people coming in.”

Vorhees drying off records after the basement of his current location flooded.

Vorhees says this move has absolutely nothing to do with the flood that damaged some of his collection last year. (Thanks Caryn for the tip!)

‘Dining out for Life’ on Thursday

The 17th Annual Dining Out For Life is this Thursday, April 29th and several Ballard businesses are participating. Dining Out is an annual charity fundraiser to support Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the care services they provide to the community, which includes delivery of fresh meals and groceries to the hungry. According to the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, on this one day, thousands of Seattle area residents dine out in droves and restaurants donate back 30% of each diner’s bill back to Lifelong. Participating Ballard restaurants include Volterra, Bal Mar, Ballard Brothers Seafood, Lombardi’s, Pasta Bella, and more. For a complete list of participating restaurants click here.

Traffic note: Ballard Bridge repairs this week

The Seattle Department of Transportation sent out the following release:

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27 and 28, Seattle Department of Transportation crews will make repairs to the lighting on the Ballard Bridge. Tomorrow, the right lane northbound on the bridge will be closed for the repair work from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, during the same work hours, the right lane will be closed southbound on the bridge. Motorists should plan on possible delays resulting during the lane closures.

Fatal accident in McDonald’s parking lot

Police say a man was killed this afternoon in the McDonald’s parking lot at 14th and Market. Detective Jeff Kappel with Seattle Police tell us that a 67-year-old man died and investigators are trying to determine the cause.

Police first got the call at 12:15 p.m. When officers arrived on scene they saw the man pinned under the car. A group of officers lifted the car off the man and medics with Seattle Fire attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The traffic collision investigation squad is on scene trying to determine how the car ended up on top of the victim. Kappel tells us that the 37-year-old female driver had backed out of a parking spot and headed south toward the exit when she ran over the victim. “We don’t even want to say that she hit him,” Kappel says. He says investigators are trying to determine if the man may have already been on the ground.