West Woodland parents still frustrated with temporary portable classroom

West Woodland Elementary has outgrown its building, and parents are still frustrated that the district hasn’t added the portable classrooms for the start of the school year. My Ballard reader David Guthrie sent us the following picture of the current temporary portable unit that will be used as a classroom until the larger portables arrive.

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Current portable classroom at West Woodland Elementary. Photo courtesy David Guthrie.

“It is nothing more than a construction job trailer, and it’s not even big enough for the teacher to put tables in for students to sit at, yet it has been hard wired into the school for electrical, phone and wifi, while at the same time taking up half of the teacher parking lot,” Guthrie writes, frustrated that the school district chose this solution as opposed to speeding up the arrival of full portable classrooms.

We have contacted Seattle Public Schools for an update on the arrival of the new classrooms; their original estimate for delivery was September 19, and they expect it to be fully operational by the 21st.

 

King County water taxis could expand to Ballard

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 9.52.48 AMOne day in the not-so-distant future, it could be possible to get from Shilshole to downtown Seattle via water taxi. King County is looking at possibilities of expanding their water taxi services, and one of the expansion areas is Ballard.

According to an interim expansion report from the King County Marine Division, the route would be from Pier 50 in downtown Seattle to Shilshole Marina. The report details that both Pier 50 and Shilshole would require, “minimal in-water improvements as current infrastructure is in place.” Shilshole would require some work on the dock designated for pickups and dropoffs. Additionally, signage, ticket machines, and some security equipment would be installed. Other additional expansion routes include Kenmore (Log Boom Park) to University of Washington (Waterfront Activity Center), and Kirkland (Marina Park) to University of Washington (Waterfront Activity Center). The Ballard to Pier 50 service would require the least amount of improvements to become operational, according to the report.

The report compares the commute via car and transit to the water taxi option, and estimates it would take 29 minutes to travel by boat versus 34 minutes by road. The report also projects that in its first year, a water taxi could have an annual ridership of 59,433 passengers.

The interim report was recently reviewed by the County Council’s TrEE Committee (Transportation, Economy and Environment); the council will be presented with a final report at the end of this month based on feedback from the interim report. If the expansion plans move forward, there will be an environmental permitting process, which includes public and agency input.

Thanks for the tip, Alex!

 

No deal yet: city to offer all-day camps if strike delays first day of school

The first day of school could be delayed if teachers go on strike tomorrow, so the city is offering all-day camps at community centers. Ballard Community Center is one of those 16 designated centers, and children aged 5 to 12 who are already enrolled in the Parks and Recreation before- and after-school program are eligible to attend at no extra cost.

As of this morning a deal between the union and the school district has still not been made, according to King 5. Both sides reported progress in negotiations, but are stuck over teacher salary.

The community centers will provide the extra day care on September 9, 10, and 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents whose children are not yet enrolled can do so via phone or at their home community centers. Registration is first-come, first-served, and all before- and after-school program registration paperwork must be completed to be eligible, according to the city.

Children who attend are asked to bring a sack lunch, and parents should drop their enrolled children off by 9 a.m., otherwise they’ll activate the waiting list. They say there will be a 1:15 ratio of child to staff during the program.

Information about Seattle community centers is available here.

 

 

Ballard greenway construction at NW 85th St and 17th Ave NW to start tomorrow

BallardGreenwayMailer-mapAnother phase of construction for the new north-south Ballard greenway begins tomorrow (Wednesday) on 17th Ave NW and NW 85th St. Crews with the Seattle Department of Transportation will be reducing traffic to one lane in both directions and restrict access at 17th Ave NW and NW 85th St. The work will be to improve pedestrian access for the neighborhood greenway being developed in the area.

SDOT says work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9 and last for approximately six weeks. There will be traffic restrictions in place at all hours.

From SDOT:

Local access to 17th Avenue Northwest is accessible on Northwest 87th Street via 15th Avenue Northwest or 18th Avenue Northwest for the first three weeks of construction. For the last three weeks of construction, those needing local access to 17th Avenue Northwest are encouraged to use NW 83rd Street via 15th Avenue NW or 18th Avenue Northwest. Through traffic is encouraged to use 15th Avenue Northwest as a detour.

During construction at this intersection, temporary pedestrian paths will be clearly marked and temporary ADA ramps will be installed.

For more information please visit the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway project web page and amap of Seattle’s completed and planned neighborhood greenways.

Labor Day: what’s open and what’s closed

For Labor Day, buses will be running less frequently and several city services will be closed or operating on a different schedule.

King County Metro says buses will be running on a holiday schedule, which is the same as the Sunday schedule. Sunday fares are in effect on all Metro buses today.

 

In Ballard, the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW), typically open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, and the Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th St) will both be closed for Labor Day. The Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) will also be closed for the day.

Garbage collection isn’t affected, so if Monday is your day, have your trash ready at the curb by 7 a.m.

What’s on this Labor Day weekend

It’s a long holiday weekend ahead, with plenty of family friendly events such as the second-to-last weekend of free concerts at the Locks, and a car show on Monday at the Ballard Elks. It’s also Bumbershoot weekend, which means thousands will be flocking to the Seattle Center for the annual arts and music festival.

As a reminder, Seattle Metro buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day Monday.

Here’s what’s on in Ballard:

FRIDAY, September 4

  • Live Music
    • “Stompgrass” and Americana jams at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Dodgy Mountain Men and Tekla Waterfield. Tickets $8.
    • Blues/Country/Folk at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Bluesrock Jackrabbit Starts w/ Sunderheed, The Blue Tracks, Big Splash Champion. Tickets $8.
    • Alternative rock at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Bod, Aan, Versing, and Pleasures. Tickets $8.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      Featuring Vocalists Carrie Wicks and Aria Prame, with Nick Allison on piano at 7 p.m. Hot Minute at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SATURDAY, September 5

  • Free yoga in the park: Every Saturday starting July 25th a free yoga class will be held in Ballard Commons Park with instructors from the Ballard Health Club. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through September. Bring a yoga mat! All levels of experience welcome.
  • Live Music
    • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks Botanical Gardens: 2 p.m. Featuring Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukele Group.
    • Indie Rock at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The Hard Pans (feat. Jimmy Smith of The Gourds), Country Dave, and TBD. Tickets $10.
    • REBIRTH Brass Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets $25-40.
    • Motown and alt-rock at  Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band, Surrealized , The Western Red Penguins. Tickets $8.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      Featuring Dorothy Rodes at 7 p.m. Scenes, with John Bishop (drums) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, September 6:

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Live Music

LABOR DAY MONDAY, September 7:

  • Ballard Elks Annual Car Show: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family-friendly event with a beer garden, burgers and hot dogs. Entry $20.
  • Free burgers at Li’l Woody’s (2-5 pm)

 

Want to see your event listed here? Email us at tips@myballard.com

Ballard Development Update: subdivisions and design meetings for large residential buildings

A flurry of subdivision applications on NW 61st St and two upcoming meetings on larger residential buildings are in today’s development update as posted in the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

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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 #6452806. 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.

MapForNotice204092420 NW 61ST ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6451827. 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.

MapForNotice20415806 NW 49TH ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6470867. 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.

Decision:

819 NW 70TH ST

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: X) 557.8 sq. ft., Y) 526.4 sq. ft. and Z) 555.9 sq. ft.

Notice of Design Review Board Second Recommendation Meeting:

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A Land Use Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 48 residential units with no parking will undergo another public board recommendation meeting on Monday, September 21 at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) at 8 p.m.

The Director will accept written comments on the design in preparation for the Design Review Recommendation meeting through September 21, 2015. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project. Comments and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or

City of Seattle – DPD – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting:

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A proposal for a 4-story structure containing 23 residential units will be reviewed at an upcoming meeting on Monday, September 21 at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) at 6:30 p.m.

The Director will accept written comments on the design in preparation for the Design Review Recommendation meeting through September 21, 2015. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project. Comments and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or

City of Seattle – DPD – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Update on Carkeek Park poisoned meat scare

On Thursday, we posted a tip we received about a dog that was put down after coming into contact with poisoned meat. After speaking with Seattle Police, the information was refuted; no dogs have been put down for a number of years at Carkeek for this reason. However, because the story popped up again on social media, we thought it best to follow up and understand why it resurfaced as a recent story.

The story originated from a post yesterday morning in a public Facebook group called Parents in Magnolia, Ballard and Queen Anne. In the post, a woman wrote that her father, an SPD officer, had heard that a friend had “just” put their dog down after it had been poisoned and therefore wanted to spread the word. However, after we posted the story, she followed up with her father: as it turns out, the friend’s version of “just” was 18 months ago, meaning there is absolutely no imminent danger for dogs at Carkeek.

We at My Ballard aim to inform the community to the best of our ability, and we sincerely apologize for any scare we invoked. We exist as a service for the people of Ballard, and we want to know what’s important to you. To that end, please contact us at any time about issues you’d like to see investigated or covered by our publication at tips@myballard.com.