Development Update February 7: subdivision decisions and demolition of Grace Gospel Chapel

A few decisions for development applications in Ballard have been made this week by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

Check out the most recent applications and decisions from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin:


8771 15th Ave NW

An appealable decision has been made to subdivide the site into six unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of the decision must be heard by February 17.

418 NW Market St

An appealable decision has been made to subdivide the site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of the decision must be heard by February 17.

2052 NW 64th St

An appealable decision has been made to allow the demolition of a 4,800 sq. ft. religious facility (Grace Gospel Chapel). Appeals of the decision must be heard by February 20.

Ballard Little League registration event set for this Saturday

Ballard Little League is hosting a registration day at Secret Garden Books (2214 NW Market Street) this Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The club is celebrating its 61st year of helping kids learn life lessons through playing baseball and fast pitch softball and is looking for new members.

“Now that the Seattle Seahawks have made Seattle sports history, we’d like you to think about helping Ballard Little League make a little more history,” writes Ballard Little League.

If you are interested in finding out more before the registration day click here.

Over $15,000 raised to fix Pioneer Square pergola: #HowSeattleRiots

995721_1391488234.5891#HowSeattleRiots has been taken to a new level by the creation of a Go Fund Me account raising funds to repair the damage to the Pioneer Square pergola that was inflicted on Super Bowl Sunday.

My Ballard reader Libby emailed in to let us know that the account was created on Monday and that donations had already reached $10,000 within the first 24 hours. The donations have since surpassed the $15,000 goal and are now at $16,046.

Check out the message on the Go Fund Me page from organizer Amanda Gallagher Quinn:

On Sunday February 2nd, the Seattle Seahawks made history by dominating Superbowl XLVIII and the 12th Man roared in triumph. From Bothell to the U-District, Ballard to Pioneer Square, we filled Seattle streets with our dancing, cheers, and Seattle’s iconic polite style of celebration. Polite or not, there was a party foul in Pioneer Square. Seattle’s historic Iron Pergola was damaged to the tune of $25,000. Now it is time to clean up after ourselves, because this is truly #HowSeattleRiots.

Let’s give the parks department some help in replacing the things we broke, and show that the Seahawks truly have the best fans in the league.

Gallagher Quinn was totally overwhelmed by the support of the Seattle community and wrote the following thank you message to supporters on the Go Fund Me page. “Thank you all so much, I am speechless with gratitude for the response that this fund received in such a short time.”

Now that the goal has been reached Seattle Parks have asked for the page to be taken down. However, as Gallagher Quinn writes, “just because this fund is closed does not mean that you cannot show your support for Seattle, Seattle’s beautiful parks and show your 12th Man spirit.”

Once again, as there was in Ballard on Sunday, another fantastic example of #HowSeattleRiots.

Image courtesy of Go Fund Me.

City of Seattle on the lookout for tree lovers

Do you dream of living in a tree house? Do you eagerly await the first leaf buds in the spring? Do you love to lie on your back and watch branches dancing in the breeze? If so, you may be the perfect person to apply for a Tree Ambassador position as part of The City of Seattle’s reLeaf program.

The City of Seattle is on the lookout for new Tree Ambassadors who have the fantastic opportunity to nurture Seattle’s trees through their involvement in a variety of project areas. Volunteers are trained within a project area and have the opportunity to attend a variety of fun and informative workshops on topics like pruning, tree identification, and community engagement.

Tree Ambassadors also get opportunities for unique experiences like learning to climb trees with professional rigging and tours of local botanic treasures.

The reLeaf program is currently recruiting new Tree Ambassadors in the following areas:

  • Tree Walks: Show off your favorite trees in your favorite part of Seattle. You’ll learn the basics of making maps, identifying trees, and creating walking routes to engage your neighbors and coworkers in the urban landscape. Check out the tree walks created by current Tree Ambassadors here! Next training: Wednesday, March 12 and Saturday, March 15 (attend both)
  • Landscape Renewal:  Does seeing a tree choked by ivy drive you crazy? This project track is for you. This project track will teach you to plan and organize small-scale renovation projects. Renovation work includes removing invasive plants, planting trees and understory plants, and mulching. You’ll learn how to develop a plan, recruit volunteers, and lead work parties. Next trainingWednesday, April 2 and Saturday, April 5 (attend both)
  • Street Tree Stewardship: Never fear young street trees, the Tree Ambassadors are here! Volunteers in this project area adopt street tree plantings and help the City’s young street trees thrive. Tree Ambassadors learn to plan work parties and recruit volunteers to mulch, weed, and care for the trees that are essential to making Seattle’s neighborhoods walkable, sustainable, beautiful, and healthy. Next training: May 17.

No previous tree experience is necessary to get involved in the reLeaf programm. If you are interested in learning more or applying to become a Tree Ambassador, click here. If you have any questions about the program contact Seattle reLeaf at (206) 615-1668 or email

Swedish Ballard “My Health” series features final post on cancer care and prevention

Swedish Ballard kicked off the new year by offering locals weekly health tips through their four part “My Health” Series. Every Wednesday, Swedish Ballard health experts have offered helpful hints to help locals maintain their long list of new year’s resolutions.

The series has featured information on important topics including women’s health, nutrition, sports medicine and cancer care and prevention.

Local businesses including Ketch Shop (5317 Ballard Ave NW), Olympic Athletic Club (5301 Leary Ave NW) and Suite 300 Skin Care (5424 Ballard Ave NW #300) are sponsoring My Health and have also offered weekly promotions such as clothing discounts and gym passes to series participants.

The fourth and final installment of the My Health series focused on the five tips for cancer screening and prevention.

Suite 300 Skin Care (5424 Ballard Ave NW #300) is offering a free skin consultation for new customers and 10% off any service for existing customers for locals who schedule an appointment before February 12 and mention #MyHealth.

Swedish blog. Locals can also follow the conversation on Twitter via @Swedish and #MyHealth.

(Full disclosure: Swedish is an advertiser on My Ballard)

Unprecedented crowds pack the streets of 4th Ave for Seahawks Parade

Huge crowds lined the streets of 4th Ave to celebrate the Seahawks victory today exhibiting an overwhelming  amount of 12th Man Pride.

The My Ballard team were there soaking up the excitement and the high fives! Check out some shots from the event below:


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Click here to check out our Facebook album filled with photos emailed in by My Ballard readers.

Do you have great photos from the parade? Email them to and we will post them!

City of Seattle opens registrations for Seniors Training Seniors computer classes

DCF 1.0Registration for the City of Seattle’s Seniors Training Seniors computer classes has now opened.  If you are an older adult looking for a place to learn how to use computers in a fun and stress-free learning environment sign u for the classes that run from February through April.

The classes are sponsored by the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens which is part of the Seattle Human Services Department. Seniors Training Seniors offers classes such as “Introduction to Computer Basics,” where students learn basic skills including beginning word processing, Internet skills, and e-mailing.

For those already familiar with the basics, there is a “Beyond the Basics” class, which teaches more advanced skills.

The closest Seniors Training Seniors sites to Ballard are in Wallingford and Greenwood. Seniors Training Seniors computer classes are open for adults age 50 and above and are taught by fellow seniors. Class fees are modest.

To register or hear more information about class dates, contact Patti-lyn Bell at the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens, at (206) 684-0639 or email

Photo courtesy of The City of Seattle.