Leary Ave closed to one lane for construction 12/29 and 12/30, 8am-4pm

Traffic on Leary Avenue Northwest will be intermittently reduced to one lane of traffic throughout the day today Dec. 29 and 30 between 8 am and 4 pm.

This is in addition to the closures already in place at the intersection of Northwest Dock Place and Leary Avenue NW.

“The Seattle Department of Transportation is installing an enhanced pedestrian/bicycle signal, curb ramps and crosswalks at the intersection of Northwest Dock Place and Leary Avenue Northwest as part of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway Project.”

Read more about the project here.

Lost 5-month old kitten on Shilshole O-Dock

UPDATE: Kitty has been found and is home.


There is a lost cat on Shilshole O-Dock. Details below:

“Our 5 month old mischievous kitten got out last night. We live at Shilshole on O-Dock. He was last seen at 11pm on 12/27/2015. He was not wearing a collar, and weighs about 5-6lbs. He is pretty shy. Grey & white tabby with pink and black nose.

Please help us find our cat! He is a loved member of our family.

Call 206-229-0186 if you have any information.
Thank you”

Mama sloth bear gives birth to baby cub at Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo is happy to announce the birth of a sloth bear. The baby cub was born on Saturday, December 19th in an off-view cozy maternity den.

The cub is offspring to 3-year mother Kushali and 15-year-old father Bhutan.

Tasha, Randhir, Kushali, cub, climbing on back

Woodland Park Zoo’s sloth bear Tasha with her 4-month-old cubs Randhir and Kushali (the mother of the current cub) who were born in December 2012.

“The mother and newborn cub will remain off view to allow for maternal bonding and continued nursing. Animal care staff is monitoring the new family via den cam to ensure the cub continues to thrive.”

The staff at Woodland Park Zoo are happy to say that mother and baby are doing well, but the cub will continue to be monitored for the first few months to ensure the cub remains healthy and growing.

Click here for den footage.

Click here to read more about the birth and cub on their blog.

Photo and caption of Woodland Park Zoo.

Special events this week at Card Kingdom, for children and adults


There are some special events happening at Card Kingdom (5105 Leary Ave NW) this week for both adults and children, who are looking for fun activities for the holidays.

This is a great way for parents to take a break from the hustle of the Holidays, or just get out of the house and try something new with your children.

Tuesday, Dec. 29th, 1pm-4pm, FREE: Talented, local artist, Sophia Marie will be doing face painting.

Wednesday, Dec. 30th: There will be a wand building craft station for the kids. “Whether children want a fairy princess wand, or the wizarding world of Harry Potter is more your speed, your child will be able to assemble their own wand with guidance from one of their employees!”

Thursday, December 31st, starting at 6pm: Looking for a fun way to start off your New Years Eve? “There will be party games in the cafe with a moderator, and in our private rooms there will be a special session of the hit convention game 2 Rooms and a Boom! This deduction and intrigue game about secret factions, intrigue, and hostage negotiations is a lot of fun and requires no time at all to learn. You are free to drop in and out as you please.”

View the event on their Facebook Page.

Photo courtesy of DesignLeisure.com

The 2015 Christmas Day Roundup


The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays!

Check out the Ballard Christmas Day Roundup below:

What’s Open:.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Christmas Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule. Click here to check out more details about the holiday schedule.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Christmas Day. Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the Christmas Day holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for Christmas Day 2015 in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com.

Image courtesy of John Carrington.

What’s on this weekend: December 25th-27th

It’s a light weekend for events around Ballard this weekend. If you want to add your event to the schedule, email us at tips@myballard.com.

Enjoy the last full weekend in 2015!

FRIDAY, December 25:

  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St.) will be open Christmas Day at 12 noon and our kitchen will open at 4p!  Eat, drink and be merry with us!
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Lockspot Café (3005 NW 54th St) is open from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m
  • Live Music
    • Country Dave does Christmas, 9:00pm – 11:00pm, at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW)

SATURDAY, December 26:

  • Live Music
    • Local Indie Folk: Edmund Wayne w/ Home Sweet Home & Echo Ravine, 9:30pm, $8 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW)

SUNDAY, December 27:

Throwback Thursday: Merry Christmas!

From the team at My Ballard, wishing you all a merry Christmas!


Black and white photo of a Christmas tree. Uknown date. It is decorated with tinsel, lace handkerchief, period greeting cards, photos, dolls, etc.


On a rainy December 12, 1948, crowds gathered to watch Ballard’s annual Children’s Parade. The parade was just one highlight of the Seattle district’s annual Scandinavian Christmas Festival .
This photo, taken during the 1948 Ballard Scandinavian Christmas Festival, shows a line of children getting ready to march in the annual parade. Many of the children wear folk costume and clutch raincoats in case it starts to rain again.


Santa Claus surrounded by children, Seattle, 1949

Photos and captions courtesy of Ballard Historical Society and MOHAI Museum.

Development Update: Dec. 24th, three applications and one Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting

Three applications and one Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


1547 NW 61ST ST


Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6464328. 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.

2629 NW 63RD ST


Land Use Application to allow one 3 story, 4-unit row house structure. Surface parking for four (4) vehicles to be provided. Existing single family residence to be removed. To be considered with project #3022581 for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

2626 NW 62ND ST


Land Use Application to allow three single family residences. Surface parking for 3 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be removed. To be considered with Project #3022582 for shared access. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting:

1443 NW 63RD ST



The proposal is for a 4-story apartment building consisting of 30 dwelling units. Existing structures to be demolished.


Date:            Monday, January 11, 2016

Time:            8:00 p.m.

Location:      Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave NW
Sunset/Captain Ballard Room

All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. Translators or interpreters provided upon request. Please contact the Public Resource Center at prc@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8467 at least five business days prior to the meeting to request this service.


The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidancethrough January 11, 2016. 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