SDOT seeks feedback as Greenway construction reaches completion

SDOT is looking for local feedback now that the construction of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway is complete.

“Thanks to all for their patience during construction. Please take a few minutes to complete our online post-construction communications survey and let us know how we did communicating with you during construction,” writes Ballard Greenways Project Manager CJ Holt.

SDOT confirms that there are still a few minor tasks to complete along the greenway and locals may still see crews in the area.

Some of the tasks include:

  • Completion of sign installation and road striping
  • Making drainage repairs at the northeast corner of 17th Ave NW and NW 65th St
  • Installation of additional signs on 17th Ave NW at NW Market St to further clarify new traffic restrictions at the intersection
  • New signal at NW Dock Pl and Leary Ave NW to be turned on by Seattle City Light

The SDOT Neighborhood Greenways program will complete an evaluation of the greenway later this spring/summer to help decide if any adjustments need to made.

“Throughout design and construction we’ve heard from suggestion from many of you about areas and features to evaluate. We’ve passed those comments along to the greenways program for consideration during their review” says Holt.

Locals who have questions or additional comments the greenway can contact the Neighborhood Greenways Program Manager Summer Jawson at (206) 684-8264 or via email at

Google to fund free WiFi for community centers

In collaboration with Mayor Ed Murray’s Digital Equity Initiative, Google is offering grants that will provide free WiFi to Seattle community centers and affordable housing projects.

According to Mayor Ed Murray’s office, at least 15 percent of Seattle residents have no Internet service at home.

“Too many Seattle residents have no regular access to the Internet, and find themselves disconnected from the wealth of educational and community resources the Internet offers,” says Darcy Nothnagle, head of external affairs for the NW at Google. “These grants aim to help bring access to those who need it most.”

Through the grant, Seattle Housing Authority will provide internet to 800 very low income K-12 students and their families who live in SHA housing. The project will focus on providing connectivity to students in grades K-12 in the NewHolly, High Point, Rainier Vista, Lake City Court and Yesler Terrace communities.

Google will also provide funding for WiFi at all 26 Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Centers including centers in Ballard and Loyal Heights. This grant will enable internet access for public meetings and events, classes, and digital civic engagement and learning programs.

As a member of the City of Seattle’s Digital Equity Action Committee, Google shares the committee’s vision of “Seattle as a city where technology’s opportunities equitably empower all residents and communities – especially those who are historically underserved or underrepresented.”

Development Update March 31: a communication utility, a subdivision and a four story building

An application, a decision and a streamlined design review notice make up today’s development update, provided by the City of Seattle’s Department of Constructions and Inspections Land Use Information Bulletin.


5310 P Ballard Ave NW


An application has been submitted to locate a minor communication utility (Verizon) on a new Seattle City Light utility pole #1374905 within the right-of-way. The project includes attaching two panel antennas to the new pole. Final decision on placement of antennas will be made by Seattle City Light.

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (Seattle DCI) has received an application for a siting review of the Class II attachment described above.  Following review, Seattle DCI will make a recommendation to Seattle City Light (SCL) to grant or deny the request.  SCL will make the final determination on the proposal.

The comment period ends April 13, 2016 but may be extended to April 27, 2016 by written request.  All comment letters will be posted to the Seattle DCI web site.  To submit written comments or to obtain additional information, contact the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Contact by phone (206) 684-8467 or email  Be sure to refer to Master Use Project #3023873.


907 NW Ballard Way

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: Y) 51,351 sq. ft. and Z) 28,951 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

Appeals of these decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 4/14/2016.

Notice of Streamlined Design Review:

8509 14th Ave NW


A Streamlined Design Review is being conducted for an application to build a 4-story building containing 6 apartment units and 18 small efficiency dwelling units (for a total of 24 residential units). Existing building to be demolished.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through April 13, 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. Please note that this is the only opportunity to comment on this proposal.

Comments should be submitted to or by mail to

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

Fill the Goodwill truck BHS fundraiser on this Saturday

Are you running out of space in your closets, garage and other storage spots in your home? Just box or bag those items you no longer need and drop them off at the Goodwill Truck fundraiser for the Ballard High School Performing Arts program.

The truck will be parked in the BHS parking lot on NW 67th Street from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 2.

“You did it in January. It was easy and fun. Ballard Performing Arts made $1000! Let’s do it again,” says Ann from BHS Performing Arts.

Locals are encouraged to bring electronics, used cell phones, clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen items and small furniture.

Rodeo Donut to celebrate first birthday


Rodeo Donut (2052 NW Market St) is celebrating one year of making fresh, gourmet, small batch brioche donuts and want locals to be involved in the celebrations.

All day this Sunday, April 3, the Rodeo team will be offering buy one get one free on their brioche donuts and will also be giving away free Rodeo Donut merchandise.

“We wanted to change the way Seattle looked at donuts by starting over and building it the way we want to enjoy a donut,” says Rodeo pastry chef Nicki Kerbs.

The celebrations will feature the most popular flavors including Huckleberry, Rodeo Caviar ‘n’ Creme, Tiramisu, Peanut Butter Potato Chip, Blood Orange and Honey, Ginger sugared Rhubarb, Passion Fruit with Ghost Pepper, Strawberry Buttermilk,  Cinnamon lassos, Deep Dark Chocolate Glazed and the Apple Bourbon Bacon Fritters.

The Ballard location will also be serving Stumptown NITRO cold brew on tap throughout the event.

Happy 1st Birthday to the Rodeo Donuts team!

Nearby news: Green Lake alum treatment to begin next week

We wanted to inform local Green Lake regulars that alum treatment, to preserve the health and safety of the lake, is set to start on April 4.

HAB Aquatic Solutions will be implementing the treatment and will close the parking lot north of the Green Lake Small Craft Center (5900 West Green Lake Way N) to stage alum treatment equipment.

Staging and treatment is anticipated to take two weeks beginning Monday, April 4, and be completed by Monday, April 18.

The 2016 alum treatment is intended to reduce phosphorus levels in the lake, limiting cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms and improving recreational use of the lake.

The alum treatment is applied from a barge on the lake.  The treatment is pumped from a truck staged in the parking lot through hoses that will run over the Green Lake path to the barge. These hoses will require a small ramp to allow Green Lake path users to travel safely over them.

The alum will be applied near the water surface and it removes phosphorus from the water column as it forms small clumps and settles. It then covers the bottom sediments to further prevent the internal release of phosphorus from the sediments. The alum treatment is effective immediately upon application.

Previous lake-wide alum applications in 1991 and 2004 effectively limited algae blooms and improved water quality. The alum treatment is expected to be effective for up to 10 years.

The alum treatment plan was developed as part of the 2016 Green Lake Phosphorous Management Plan.

Click here to learn more about the treatment.

The weeks in sports at BHS

It is another huge week for the talented athletes from Ballard High School. Go Beavers!

Wednesday, March 30

  • Baseball Varsity: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Seattle Prep, at Steve Cox Memorial Park
  • Boys Soccer C Team: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Ingraham High School, at Ballard High School
  • Boys Soccer C Team: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Roosevelt High School, at Roosevelt High School
  • Boys Soccer Varsity: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Cleveland High School, at Van Asselt Field
  • Baseball JV: 3:45 p.m., Ballard vs. Seattle Prep, at Whiman Middle School
  • Baseball C Team: 4 p.m., Ballard vs. Skyline High School, at Pacific
  • Softball Varsity: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Eastside Catholic High School, at Lower Woodland Park
  • Boys Lacrosse JV: 5 p.m., Ballard vs. Garfield High School, at Loyal Heights Elementary
  • Boys Lacrosse Varsity: 5 p.m., Ballard vs. Garfield High School, location TBD
  • Girls Lacrosse: 5:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Stadium High School, at Ballard High School

Thursday, March 31

  • Boys Track: 2:40 p.m., Varsity meet at Southwest Athletic Complex
  • Boys Tennis: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Franklin High School, at Rainier Playfield
  • Girls Tennis: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Franklin High School, at Lower Woodland Park

Friday, April 1

  • Baseball JV: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. West Seattle High School, at Hiawatha Field
  • Baseball Varsity: 3:45 p.m., Ballard vs. West Seattle High School, at Whitman Middle School
  • Boys Soccer JV: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. West Seattle High School, at Walt Hundley Field
  • Boys Soccer Varsity: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. West Seattle High School, at Interbay Stadium
  • Softball JV: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Cleveland High School, at Gilman Field

Saturday, April 2

  • Boys Soccer C-Team: 9 a.m., Ballard vs. Chief Sealth High School, at Ballard High School

Rad Power Bikes to open on Market


Rad Power Bikes is opening its flagship store in Ballard at 2622 NW Market St and will celebrate with a grand opening party this Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy discounts, test rides, treats, and learn more about electric bikes and the advantages that they provide.

The company is making the move across the Locks from nearby Magnolia.

Rad Power Bikes is a direct to consumer electric bike (ebike) company that lets customers purchase an ebike directly from Rad Power Bikes and bypass dealer and third party retail markups.

Rad Power Bikes cater to both utilitarian as well as recreational riding with its two street legal models, The RadRover and RadWagon. The RadRover, a mountain bike style electric fat bike that handles off-road terrain, and the RadWagon, an electric cargo bike with room for passengers, extra gear, or a combination of the two.

“We can’t wait to officially open our doors and show off both our space and bikes to Seattle,” says Rad Power Bikes Co-Founder/President Mike Radenbaugh. “We love the bikes that we designed and know that everyone will too. And, because we sell straight to the end user, people will find that our bikes offer the same premium features and components as a lot of bikes out there that are twice the price.”

Photo courtesy of Rad Power Bikes.

Fire fighters extinguish blaze at St Paul’s Church

St pauls

The Seattle Fire Department responded to a fire at St. Paul’s United Church (6512 12th Avenue NW) at about 3 a.m. this morning.

According to a Komo News report, fire fighters responded to the blaze after a fire alarm went off and in response to neighbor’s 911 calls.

Initially a number of engines responded as it was believed that someone may have been inside the building. However, on arrival fire fighters did not find anyone inside.

According to the report, once firefighters got the blaze in the boiler room under control, flames started to flare up in the walls. Crews went room to room to ensure all the embers were out.

According to a preliminary investigation by the SFD, the fire reportedly started in the boiler room in the basement.

At this stage, fire fighters have confirmed that the cause of the fire was accidental.

57th annual Spaghetti Dinner set for Saturday at BHS


The annual BHS Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the Performing Arts programs is on this Saturday, April 2, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The event will be held in the BHS School Commons at 1418 NW 65th St.

In addition to a delicious spaghetti dinner, attendees will enjoy Ballard High’s musicians including the Jazz, Fiddle and Symphonic Bands and the Acapella Vocal ensemble.

Locals are encouraged to bring their friends, family and neighbors to the casual gathering that includes a full spaghetti dinner (meat and veggie sauce options), a raffle, a bake sale and a loads of fun.

Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  with the performances continuing until 9pm.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students and children under 5 years of age can attend for free.

Tickets:  Adults $15/ Students $10/  5 years and under are free.