Mayor praises Ballard for post-Super Bowl politeness on Twitter

Twitter feeds have been jam packed today with the hashtag #HowSeattleRiots, describing the polite and considerate way in which Seahawks fans celebrated after the Super Bowl win. Our very own celebrations in Ballard, complete with lack of jay-walking and all, have been featured all over the internet today.

The celebration by the crowd at Market and Leary even drew special attention from Mayor Ed Murray. He posted the tweet below in response to a video of fans in full celebration mode, while at the same time obeying the law and only crossing to high five when the pedestrian light flashed green.

The Stranger also featured a post on the post Super Bowl celebrations in our ‘hood commenting on the “revelers in Ballard rioting without jaywalking.”

The My Ballard team was there to witness the joy, excitement and the extreme amount of high fives exchanged as fans crossed Market St (only when the light was green of course). Check out some photos and a video below:

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Overall, it was a fantastic victory for Seattle and a fantastic night of celebration in Ballard. So, in closing, as Mayor Murray said, “good job Ballard!”

Seattle Times initiate second press run following Seahawks victory

Due to overwhelming demand following the Seahawks victory last night our news partners The Seattle Times has initiated a second press run for today’s newspaper.

If you missed out on grabbing your very own piece of history papers will be available at normal retail outlets tomorrow morning, February 4, along with the Tuesday edition.

Normally, Monday retail (non-home delivered newspapers) sales run at approximately 27,000 copies. Although The Seattle Times printed an additional 106,000 copies of today’s newspaper it still wasn’t enough. They are now in the process of printing 35,000 more newspapers in the second press run.

The last time The Seattle Times performed a second press run was  September 11, 2001.

Ballard Locks set for closures this week

Ballard Locks (3015 NW 54th St) have scheduled closures this week on Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 5 for diver operations.

The large lock will be closed from 8 a.m. until noon on Tuesday for a pump plant cofferdam install dive. Divers will be in the water during this period which will prevent the large lock from operating. The small lock will be in operation while the divers are completing their work.

The divers will then move to the small lock for another operation that will close the lock for the rest of Tuesday and Wednesday.

Click here to find out more about Ballard Locks and to find out about scheduled closures.

The week in sports at BHS

The young athletes at Ballard High School are preparing for another huge week of competition after the Seahawks victory last night. Head out and show your 12th Man pride at their games.

Monday, February 3:

  • Basketball: Boys C Team vs. Redmond High School at Ballard High School 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 4:

  • Basketball: Boys JV vs. Redmond High School at Redmond High School 5:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Varsity vs. Redmond High School at Redmond High School 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 5:

  • Basketball: Girls JV vs. Redmond High School at Redmond High School 5:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys C Team vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School 7 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Redmond High School at Redmond High School 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 7:

  • Swim and Dive: Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Invitational at UW Swimming Pool 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Wrestling: Varsity KingCo Championship at Bothell High School 3:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls JV vs. Roosevelt High School at Ballard High School 3:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys C Team vs. Roosevelt High School at Roosevelt High School 3:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys JV vs. Roosevelt High School at Ballard High School 5 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at Ballard High School 6:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at Ballard High School 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 8:

  • Wrestling: Varsity KingCo Championship at Bothell High School 9 a.m.
  • Swim and Dive: Boys Varsity and JV KingCo Championship at UW Swimming Pool 3:45 p.m.
  • Gymnastics: Varsity and JV Championship at Woodinville High School at 5 p.m.

Ballard celebrates as the Seahawks crush Denver

Updated 9:30 p.m.: It’s not just Pioneer Square and the U District, fans are celebrating here in Ballard, from Market St. to Old Ballard. A crowd at Bergen Place turned a Market St. crosswalk into a roving party:

And here’s Leary and Market:

And Old Ballard:

Here’s another video of the celebrations at Bergen Place:

Earlier: Fireworks, car horns and hollering echoed around the neighborhood as the Seahawks closed out the Super Bowl in grand fashion, trumping the Denver Broncos 43-8. Congratulations Seahawks and the 12th Man!

The City of Seattle says the victory parade will be on Wednesday.

Enjoy it and stay safe everyone!

BikeSport moving to make room for 7-story building

Just one street north of Market in Central Ballard, NW 56th St. is best described as a quiet collection of small businesses, banks and strategic parking spots, anchored by the Ballard Library. But a sudden spike of development activity will soon transform the street into a high-density hub.
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The latest case in point is 56th at 24th Ave. The massive Mark24 development is under construction between Market and 56th (left), enveloping the Spirit Gas Station. Behind the Mark24 is BikeSport, a small business that’s moving to make room for a proposed 7-story assisted living complex.
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“We’ve been in Ballard 20 years, and we’ll be in Ballard another 20, just off the trail,” said BikeSport’s James Wilker. Off the trail will be at 4550 9th Ave., next to Bevmo. Wilker says they plan to move in the next couple weeks or so.
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The new development will be a senior living resident owned by Merrill Gardens, a Seattle company that has 10 other residences in the state of Washington. Here’s an early look at the proposed design from the corner of 56th and 24th:
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And the view along 56th, behind the Mark24:
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“Each Merrill Gardens community is different in physical structure, reflecting the characteristics of the area where it is located and the needs of residents,” the company explains on its site. The Ballard facility will feature 104 units with parking for 64 vehicles. Retail space will be available on the 24th Ave. side.

You can download the early design deck (.pdf)