Throwback Thursday: Ballard’s parks of yesteryear

This week we take a look at Ballard parks of the past.


A group of boys waiting to take turns sliding down a playground slide at an unknown Ballard park in 1910.


A group of kids on swings at a Ballard playground in 1910.


Kids on a swing/seesaw set in an unknown Ballard park in 1910.

1910 photo taken at Golden Gardens. Harry Whitney Treat is in horse-drawn carriage with a Ballard streetcar in the background.

All photos courtesy the Ballard Historical Society

Ballard Development Update: another subdivision application

One subdivision application makes up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6453488. 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.

Outdoor movie night at Ballard Commons park this Friday

Sweet Mickey’s candy shop will host their annual movie night in the Ballard Commons park this Friday, August 28. They’ll be showing “The Lego Movie,” which will begin at dusk (about 8 p.m.). The event is free and open to the public.

Last year’s movie night at the park (Photo courtesy Sweet Mickey’s)

“We will be providing Kukuruza Popcorn, Bluebird Ice Cream, soda, water and of course, Lego Candy for all the kiddos,” Sweet Mickey’s owner Randy Brinker tells us.

Ballard Goodwill disputes rumors of losing their lease

There’s been some buzz on our forum about the Ballard Goodwill closing to make way for new development, but the Goodwill Seattle headquarters say that’s not true.

Forum user Marigold says she heard the rumor last week that it would be closed and redeveloped. However, spokeswoman for Seattle Goodwill and Ballard resident Katherine Bouli disputes the rumor saying that she hasn’t heard anything about a loss of lease.

“Eventually, we’ll have to renew our lease,” she says, adding that the current lease itself is not in danger of being lost to a developer. Bouli was unsure where the claims of the Ballard Goodwill closing were coming from, but that she had heard these rumors before.

“You’re not the first person to call about this,” she said. “It would be a big deal for the Ballard location to close.”

Books on Bikes brings library services to Golden Gardens for the afternoon

CNXNOi4UsAEEZtTBooks on Bikes pedals a partial library to Seattle public parks using customized book-carrying bicycle trailers. For today, August 26, the Seattle Public Library program is at Golden Gardens today from noon– 3 p.m.

The program began back in May 2013 and offers park attendees around the city some afternoon reading and limited library options including signing up for a Library card, available in six designs.

The Books on Bikes fleet is made up of 16 team members and three trailers. One of the original trailers was developed and constructed by Colin Stevens of “Haulin’ Colin” in Seattle. This trailer is designed to handle a good amount of weight and has built-in shelves for book display. Seattle-ready, an umbrella holder is attached to keep books dry in case of weather.

Two more trailers are designed by Seattle artist Eroyn Franklin: one is a compact flat-top trailer with an urban cityscape and another a covered “reading wagon” trailer featuring a kid-friendly design.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Public Library at today’s event

Ballard Library hosts all-ages game night tonight

It’s game night at the Ballard Library and tonight (August 26), a professional photographer will be taking photos of the monthly event.

The all-ages board game night goes from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library’s meeting room, which can comfortably accommodate about 40 people. Food and drink are allowed the game space.

“Bring your friends and family, or come alone and join in playing a vast array of board games,” says Adult Services Librarian Jonathan Koroshec.

Some of the games available will include Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America and more. Attendees are welcome to bring their own games as well.

All are welcome to attend; no registration is required. “The fun thing is that we get both young and old playing games together,” says Koroshec. “Some are more serious gamers, some are just there to play.”


Open forum in Ballard to discuss affordable housing

Next week, city and state representatives and community members will come together to discuss affordable housing options in Seattle. The “Open the Door to Affordable Housing” forum will be held Wednesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (6512 23rd Ave NW).

The forum will invite speaker of the House Frank Chopp, Seattle City Council Member Nick Licata and Low Income Housing Institute Executive Sharon Lee, who will discuss the recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee.  “Join us for a lively discussion of housing affordability, the HALA recommendations, what the recommendations mean for our community and the city’s low income residents,” the organizers write.


City urges residents to cut back on water use

The city’s water supply has taken a hit because of the hot and dry summer, so they’re asking residents to cut back water usage by 10 percent. The City of Seattle suggests that people let their lawns go dormant, limit their plant watering to twice a week, and wash only full loads of dishes and laundry to help alleviate the situation. They’ve put together the infographic below to help with ideas on how to cut back.


For more info on the water situation in the city and ideas for cutting back on water use, click here.