Nominate a movie for Neighborhood Movie Night

The Whittier Heights Community Council is getting ready for the second annual Neighborhood Movie Night and organizers want help selecting a movie.

Last year’s inaugural movie night featured Wall E.

The movie night will either be held Saturday, August 7th or Friday, August 13th at Kirke Park, depending on permits, Brad Wakeman with the WHCC says. Kirke Park is the new name for the park on 9th Ave NW between NW 70th St and NW 73rd St. To nominate a movie, email brad at or leave a suggestion in comments below.

City looking at Ballard for future P-Patch sites

Ballard has been identified by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods as a potentially good neighborhood to grow the P-Patch Community Gardening Program and they’re looking for location suggestions.

Greg’s Garden P-Patch on 14th Ave NW.

Back in 2008, voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy which allocates $2 million to expand the P-Patch program. “The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods wants to use this money in order to serve areas that are getting denser, have relatively high percentages of under-represented populations and are currently underserved by the P-Patch Community Gardening Program, as well as areas that are specifically called for in the Parks and Green Spaces Levy,” a release from the Department of Neighborhoods states. Ballard fits the criteria.

According to the Department of Neighborhoods, a good site is:

  • Publicly owned (or easily leasable at low or no cost)
  • Mostly flat and sunny
  • At least 5,000 square feet
  • If you know of a potential location in the Ballard area that might be a good fit, you can submit your idea here.

    ‘Kidical Mass’ heading to the Tour de Fat

    Kidical Mass, the family-friendly, law-abiding bike ride, will be celebrating the two-wheeled mode of transportation in a ride from Ballard to Gas Works Park on Saturday.

    The ride will take off from Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave. NW) at 9 a.m. (sharp), head to Fremont to take part in the 3-mile New Belgium Tour de Fat bike parade which finishes up at Gas Works for the family-friendly Tour de Fat event.

    “Bring your freak bikes, your kids, and a fly outfit or costume. The Tour de Fat looks to be a lot of fun, and we’ll arrive in time for their 10am bike parade, which is ‘a costumed celebration of human-powered transportation,'” the Totcycle website states. To save yourself some time, Kidical Mass organizers encourage participants to print out the parade registration form (.pdf) and drop it off when you get to Fremont. (Photo courtesy Julian Davies.)

    Crown Hill ‘skatedot’ design meeting on Monday

    One of the features of the new Crown Hill Park at Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW will be a “skatedot,” a 1,500 square foot area with “skatable” terrain. Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for public input for the design.

    This coming Monday, Aug. 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crown Hill Center (9250 14th Ave. NW), share ideas with designers on what you’d like to see in the skatepark. Pillar Design Studios, a firm who specializes in skateparks, will be gathering all the input to create the space.

    Click here for more information on the new Crown Hill Park.

    Fans line up to meet Sounders FC star Kasey Keller

    Fans lined up at the QFC on 24th Ave NW on Thursday afternoon to meet Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

    The 40-year-old soccer star, who was recently named to the MLS All-Star Team, showed up to a line of about 60 people waiting to meet him and get his autograph, MyBallard reader Glenn tells us.

    Glenn shot these photos and says, “Keller was cheerful and chatty, and had a good time with fans, especially the kids. A fine representative for the team.”

    New Henry mural pops up along 8th Ave overnight

    Ryan “Henry” Ward was up late last night painting a mural along 8th Ave NW.

    Our sister site, received this email from one of their readers:

    “Henry” painted a middle-of-the-night mural (three enormous walruses riding three tiny bicycles) last night on the west side of 8th NW, between 65th and 67th. It was formerly a different Henry mural (one with lots of eyeballs) that had been painted-over black about a week ago. Then last night, I saw him out there with spotlights, and this morning the new mural is done.

    Developers eyeing old library for multi-use building

    Developers have plans to replace the old Ballard Library (5711 24th Avenue NW) with a multi-use building. The building across from the new QFC has sat empty since Abraxus Books moved out in June of last year. Two months later the property owners put a fence around what some neighbors called an eyesore with graffiti and abandoned shopping carts.

    The Department of Planning and Development has announced an Early Design Guidance Meeting for the property. Plans call for a “commercial, live-work and apartment building with below-grade parking,” the meeting notice states.

    More details on the development will be available at the meeting on August 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard High School library (1418 NW 65th St).

    A year ago today – the hottest day in Seattle. Ever.

    Do you remember last year at this time? It was one year ago today that Seattlites experienced the hottest day in Seattle’s history.

    Golden Gardens on July 29, 2009.

    With the mercury topping out at 103 degrees, many people headed to the beach at Golden Gardens to take a nice, refreshing dip in the water.

    Today things are much different. The forecast calls for “cloudy with local drizzle this morning… becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest wind to 10 MPH.”

    Golden Gardens on July 29, 2010.

    We headed back down to Golden Gardens and it was quite the juxtaposition. Only a few people were at the beach and they wore long pants and jackets, not swimsuits and sunblock.

    Emergency fund set up for fire victims

    A week ago, six people were displaced after a fire destroyed the four-plex at NW 67th St. near 23 Ave. NW. Two of the residents were injured. One jumped out a window, another ran through the fire to escape.

    Ballard Realty is the property management company for the building and has set up an emergency fund for the victims. All funds donated will go towards medical expenses and helping the tenants find new homes.

    You can donate to the emergency fund at:

    Ballard Realty
    1702 NW Market St.


    Viking Bank
    2237 NW 57th St
    Account number: #1016041137

    What is that yellow helicopter?

    Several people have emailed us about the yellow helicopter that’s been flying over Ballard for the last few months. Turns out it’s Seattle Helitours, which takes people on aerial tours of major attractions in the city – including the Ballard Locks and the Ship Canal. We spoke with Amanda at Seattle Helitours who says the company has been around since the ’80s and they operate both the yellow helicopter and the blue/white one that flies the same route. Thanks to recent Groupon and Living Social promotions, they sold more than 900 tours, which means they’ve been pretty busy this summer. (Photo courtesy Seattle Helitours. Thanks to for tracking this down!)