Sewer upgrades detour traffic in North Beach

Starting today, King County sewer utility crews will begin construction on a new pollution control facility that will result in up to a year of traffic detours for North Beach/Blue Ridge neighbors and park visitors.

Crews will be closing the intersection at Triton Dr NW, NW Blue Ridge Dr, NW Neptune Place, and NW 100th St (see orange shaded area in photo below) to enable construction on the North Beach Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Project.


The roadway restrictions will affect access through the intersection. Pedestrian access to Blue Ridge Park will be maintained during this time.

King County Metro Routes 61 and 18X will not be using the 28th Ave NW stops during the construction. Passengers will be instead be picked up and dropped off at North Beach on 24th Ave NW. Click here to check out the map of relocated bus stops.

When completed in 2015, King County’s North Beach CSO Project will protect public health and water quality by controlling stormwater and wastewater that would otherwise overflow into Puget Sound during heavy rains. The project entails building an underground storage tank in the public right-of-way that will hold flows when treatment plants are too full.

In addition to underground storage, crews will also build new odor control and electrical facilities on King County’s existing North Beach Pump Station (9921 Triton Drive NW) during the project.

If you have questions or need additional information about the project, call the 24/7 construction hotline at (206) 296-7372 or visit the project website.

Cupcake Royale celebrates free scoop day

cupcakeThe team at Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) is celebrating free scoop day from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. today!

How do you get your free scoop? Simply download the F.O.C.R. (Friends of Cupcake Royale) App on your smartphone and you are good to go.

“Free Scoop Day is perhaps our favorite day of the year,” said Cupcake Royale Owner Jody Hall. “We love seeing friends and familiar faces lined up to enjoy our delicious ice cream and to sample the new flavors of the season,” says Hall.

Click here to check out more information about the F.O.C.R. App.

What’s on this weekend

The last weekend in April is here! Enjoy it in Ballard at these great events.

Friday, April 25:

  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, April 26:

  • Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Spring Kids Sale at Phinney Neighborhood Center ( 6532 Phinney Ave N) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! Click here for more details.
  • Growing Tomatoes Seminar at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Discover the secrets of growing juicy, bountiful tomatoes in the Northwest with Master Gardener Tracy Turner, of Westwind Gardens. Cost is free.
  • Let’s Meet at Sunset Beer Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser at Sunset Hill Community Association (3003 NW 66th St) from 7 p.m. Click here for more details.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, April 27:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Container Design Seminar at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join local garden designer Wendy Welch for a fabulous introduction to creating stunning containers. Cost is free.
  • Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking Info Fair at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Try out the bike blender, make a poster and connect with local biking and commuting organizations as you learn about about bike maintenance and future Sound Cycling programs. Click here for more information.
  • Seattle Canoe & Kayak Club Open House at Green Lake Small Craft Center (5900 West Greenlake Way N) from 1 p.m. Get to see the competitive Junior Team finish their training session, meet the coaches of this exciting sport and then climb into the boats with our team members to get a feel for what it is like to be in an Olympic style Sprint Kayak or Canoe. Click here for more details.
  • Screening of “A Place at the Table” at Our Redeemer’s Church (2400 NW 85th St) at 4:30 p.m. A Place at the Table shows us how hunger and obesity pose serious economic, social, and cultural implications for our nation and how food access issues could be solved. All are welcome.
  • Mostly Nordic Concert Series: Norwegian and Danish Songs by Foreigners at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) at 5 p.m. Soprano Laura Loge, specialist in Scandinavian Art Song graduate of Stavanger Conservatory, St. Olaf College, and New England Conservatory, is joined by Seattle Opera Chorus Master Beth Kirchhoff and Seattle Symphony and Seattle Chamber Players’ Laura DeLuca. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets. Ticket prices start at $22.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on, or email the information to to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

Stoup Brewing awarded silver medal at 2014 World Beer Cup®


Local favorite Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) recently won the silver medal in the Robust Porter category at the 2014 World Beer Cup®. The award is a huge honor for the brewery that is barely six months old.

According to Stoup, The World Beer Cup, which is often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” is the most prestigious beer competition in the world. The Cup first started in 1996 and, every two years, a professional panel of beer judges awards gold, silver and bronze medals to the top three beers in nearly 91 categories.

“It is a great honor that the judges at the World Beer Cup recognized our hard work and passion for brewing quality beers so early on in our history,” said Brad Benson, head brewer and co-founder at Stoup.

According to Benson, Stoup’s Robust Porter is rich in color and character. The beer contains a complex malt profile that includes chocolate malt, roasted barley, roasted wheat and roasted rye.

“When we were planning the brewery we noticed that our favorite porters were disappearing from the market,” co-owner Lara Zahaba said. “We were determined to make and showcase this favorite style which makes a win in the Robust Porter category all the more satisfying.”

During this years Cup, Stoup’s Porter stacked up against competing beers from all over the world the world and was said to be “an excellent example in the Robust Porter category that maintains close adherence to the style and displays excellent taste, aroma, and appearance.”

Stoup was one of nine breweries from Washington State that earned top honors at the 2014 World Beer Cup.

Congratulations to the team at Stoup!

BHS Principal named WA Principal of the Year

bhsprincBallard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop has been named this year’s Washington State High School Principal of the Year.

The decision was made by a panel of principals representing the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals (WASSP), a component of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP).

Wynkoop was surprised with the award during a TPEP staff meeting on April 23, attended by AWSP Executive Director Gary Kipp and AWSP Director of High School Programs Scott Seaman.

Wynkoop’s connection to Ballard High School has been lifelong, both professionally and as a student. When he came to BHS as assistant principal in 2005 he was already part of the community as a third generation BHS graduate.

Wynkoop took over as principal in 2010 with the goal of making all families, no matter their socio-economic status or culture, feel the special connection to the school that he feels. To make this goal a reality Wynkoop worked with Ballard High’s alumni association, the Ballard Foundation, to strengthen support of struggling students.

To increase and strengthen support for all students Wynkoop created the GAINS Program (Graduation Assistance Identifying the Needs of Students) that was funded by the Foundation. “The program is in its second year and making a difference in the lives of students that might have been otherwise forgotten,” says Wynkoop.

Since arriving back at BHS as the Assistant Principal, Wynkoop has also advocated for the Link Crew mentoring program which assists students with the transition into high school. The program pairs incoming freshman with seniors to make sure all students are supported through the transition period.

The program first began in 2005 and, since it was implemented, has created some dramatic changes in the school community. The number students in ninth grade with at least one failing grade dropped from 89 in the program’s first year to 46 in the 2012-13 school year. The number of ninth grade suspensions has also dropped from 30 to 18, with three years of only seven suspensions.

“Not only does a student benefit from this program as a freshman when we learn time management, organization and problem solving skills, but also as a [senior] mentor to understand how to lead a group and gain valuable knowledge about working with a classroom,” says recent Ballard graduate Anna Cechony.

Overall, Wynkoop has clearly has guided BHS with positivity and support for both students and staff alike. “Keven has embraced the ideology that every student can and will be successful at Ballard High School and is working diligently to create the best climate and culture possible for his students,” says Scott Seaman.

“Keven shows a lot of trust in his staff and he guides them to fulfill their duties while allowing them the freedom to take ownership in their decisions,” says teacher Michael James.

Wynkoop is now eligible for the 2015 NASSP National High School Principal of the Year award. The program, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, annually recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals.

From the state winners, six finalists (three middle level, three high school) will compete for the award in Washington, D.C., later this year. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to Keven Wynkoop and the entire BHS community!

Photo courtesy of Seattle Public Schools.

Ballard named hottest real estate neighborhood in Seattle

According to a report by Seattle Met, Ballard is Seattle’s hottest neighborhood for real estate. The article published earlier this month, refers to Ballard as “Stealth Urbanites” with Loyal Heights coming in a close second in the top ten.

The article makes mention of the explosion of the “nearly dozen” new condo and apartment buildings along Market and 15th.

“It’s time to retire the Ballard stereotype of strollers, starter homes, and backyard beehives because the condos have changed Ballard’s literal landscape, and its cultural reality,” writes Allecia Vermillion

Vermillion spoke to Redfin Real Estate agent Sabrina Booth who recently had one of her clients loose out on a one-bedroom condo listed for $289,000 after submitting a $300,000 cash offer. The successful offer was $305,000 with a waived inspection.

“There are more people wanting to purchase than there are available homes,” Booth told Seattle Met.

Despite the boom in the real estate market Booth told Seattle Met that the “madness hasn’t undercut the community feel that drew people here in the first place.”

“Urban people feel like they’re in a small town; they can support their local businesses and get to know their neighbors,” said Booth.

Check out the Ballard stats mentioned in the article below:

  • 25% Owner Occupied
  • Population: 7,718
  • Walk Score: 91

Throwback Thursday: Newspaper clippings from yesteryear

This week we thought we would take a look back at some newspaper clippings from the days of “old” Ballard. They provide a unique insight into the happenings of our neighborhood back in the day.

The clipping below shows a black and white photo of a Ballard Field House Tap review from 1936. The clipping refers to the “Review of the Months” show and the caption reads “the Lovers’ Tap – Representing the month of February.”

field house

The clipping below from April 29, 1922, appears under the headline “Boy Pitchers Break Records at Ballard”. The caption reads “total registration for twelve playfields to date in The Times Boy Pitchers’ Contest exceeds 2,200.”


The below clipping was featured in the April 14, 1951, issue of The Seattle Guide, which according to My Ballard reader Greg Trudeau, was a give-away at hotels and restaurants for tourists.

“It contained jokes, editorials, building locations, and most of all, advertisements.  It was about 2 1/2″ X 7 1/4″ when folded,” writes Trudeau.

The below clipping includes an advertisement for the Lockhaven Apartments, “Located Above Salmon Bay”. The ad states that rentals start at $77.50 and include all electric kitchens, landscaped grounds, elevator service and many more amenities of modern living. Times have definitely changed a bit!

Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society. Seattle Guide clipping courtesy of My Ballard reader Greg Trudeau.

Metro service cuts certain after voters reject Proposition 1

The King Country Transportation District Proposition 1 was rejected by voters this week. After the second count of ballots on Wednesday, Proposition 1 is behind with 54.5 percent of voters voting no.

According to King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County must prepare for reduction of Metro transit services starting this fall.

“We gave the voters a choice, and presented a proposal for saving Metro Transit and maintaining our roads. They have chosen a reduced level of service, and we will carry out the will of the voters. Tomorrow I will transmit legislation to the King County Council to reduce service by 550,000 hours and eliminate 72 bus routes,” says King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Here in Ballard, as we reported on Monday, now that the measure has failed, Metro will be cutting and reducing many routes that service our neighborhood (click on image below).

According to Metro’s website, local routes 61, 62 and 28 will be cut entirely and routes 17x, 18x, 28x, 29, 40, 44 and the D Line service will be reduced or revised.


“The defeat of Proposition 1 means King County will make the adjustments necessary to ensure that Metro Transit provides service with the funding that’s available,” says County Council Chair Larry Phillips, chair of the King County Transportation District (KCTD).

If approved, Proposition 1 would have implemented a $60 vehicle fee and increased the King County sales tax by 0.1%. The revenue from the increases would have been directed toward maintaining Metro Transit bus service at its current hours and supporting road repair and maintenance.

Now that the proposition has been rejected, starting in September, Metro will eliminate 72 bus routes and reduce or revise another 84 routes around the city to maintain service with reduced revenues.

The County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will be hosting a series of special night meetings to receive public comment on the Executive’s proposed legislation. The My Ballard team will keep readers informed of the details of the meetings when they are known.

With the failure of the proposition, local group Friends of Transit has proposed a Seattle-only property-tax initiative that would raise $25 million dollars a year for six years at a tax rate of $22 per $100,000 of property value.

According to our news partners at The Seattle Times, the group is the set to file the initiative by the end of this week.

Executive Constantine commented on the announcement of Friends of Transit’s initiative in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

“We welcome and encourage efforts that would protect bus service and avoid major disruption to our riders. Unfortunately, in the near term, we will still need to transmit major service cuts if Proposition 1 fails,” says Executive Constantine.