Neighborhood Matching Fund to host free workshop for community groups

The application period for city-funded neighborhood projects is open until September 12. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects such as cultural festivals, facility improvements, public art, and youth activities.

A workshop will be held on Thursday, August 18, at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help applicants understand the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements.

An example of a project already funded in the neighborhood were the improvements at Ballard P-Patch. The funds helped to realign the plots at the garden at 8527 25th Ave NW to ensure equitable square footage for each gardener. Footpaths were also widened, an additional water spigot was installed, and an underground conduit to provide power to their patio.

The city grant that Ballard P-Patch received was $8,400, bringing the total to over $16,000 after being matched by the community.

According to the city, all projects must demonstrate its capacity to build a stronger and healthier community, and must:

  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the neighbors and community members who will themselves be impacted by the project.
  • Demonstrate community match.
  • Occur within the Seattle city limits.

To RSVP for the workshop, call (206) 733-9916 or visit

The workshop is open to all.

Ballard PPatch to host annual Art in the Garden event


Ballard P­Patch is partnering with CascadiaNow! this year for their 15th annual free Art in the Garden event on Saturday, July 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The garden is on the way to Golden Gardens park (8527 25th Ave NW). Look for the giant sasquatch and the blue, white, and green CascadiaNow! flag.

On Saturday, More than 20 local artists will set up booths in the garden, where you can stroll among lovingly maintained plots of ripening tomatoes, twining beans, and giant sunflowers.

Attendees will also have the chance to enjoy live acoustic music and kids’ activities, grab a bite to eat at a variety of food trucks, and relax with a glass of Maritime Pacific at the patio beer garden.

New this year are ADA­compliant pathways around the garden, the result of nearly two years of planning, grant funding, and thousands of hours of volunteer labor.

To accommodate the new pathways, member gardeners designed the realignment of their plots, and then pitched in to move volumes of soil, gravel, and wood chips.

Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to see art in the making during the event. Ryan Henry Ward, who the Seattle Weekly describes as “Seattle’s most prolific muralist” will be onhand to transform the garden’s retaining wall into an imaginative, colorful work of art.

Garden ambassadors will be on hand throughout the event to answer any questions.

Gardeners will also be busy in the days leading up to the event, baking pies to auction and other baked goods to sell, as well putting together tempting items for a silent auction. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on artwork, wine, garden­themed gift baskets, and more.

Art in the Garden is the primary fundraiser for the Ballard P­Patch, which is part of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P­Patch Program. Proceeds from the event support the group’s Giving Garden for the Ballard Food Bank, as well as ongoing efforts to improve the garden and maintain it for the neighborhood community.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Ferry Sealth passes through Ballard Locks

The WSDOT ferry Sealth passed through the Ballard Locks this morning en route to Lake Union for 9 weeks of repairs.

The 90-car Issaquah Class Sealth was towed from Eagle harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island, through Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal, to Lake Union drydock for maintenance.

Sealth is entering drydock where crews at Lake Union Drydock Company will carry out routine maintenance, structural preservation, steel replacement, piping replacement, and security upgrades. Cost of the work is $1.5 million.

Check out the video below:

Video courtesy of KIRO 7 News.

City considers 3-year solid waste rate plan

In keeping with SPU’s long-term strategic business plan, on Tuesday the Seattle City Council will consider a rate path for solid waste services on garbage, recycling and composting.

The rate increase would raise residential and commercial charges by an average of 4.4 percent a year over the next three years.

Under the plan, rates would increase 7.2 percent in 2017, 1.9 percent in 2018, and 4.0 percent in 2019, effective April 1 of each year.

If approved, the monthly solid waste bill for a typical residential customer (one 32-gallon garbage can, one 96-gallon food and yard waste cart and one 96-gallon recycling cart) would go from $44.85 this year to $48.10 in 2017. In 2018 and 2019, average household bills would be $49.00 and $50.95, respectively.

The proposed rates were forecast in SPU’s business plan, approved by City Council in 2014, which caps combined rate increases for all SPU services — drinking water, sewer, drainage and garbage — to an annual average of 4.6 percent through the year 2020.

Drivers of the current solid waste rate proposal include:

Under the rate plan to be considered by City Council on Tuesday, commercial solid waste bills would increase by varying amounts, depending on the type of service and the number of times the waste is collected. Here are two examples:

  • A convenience store or a busy restaurant with a 3-cubic yard non-compacted dumpster, collected once a week, would see increases of $31.18 in 2017, $8.66 in 2018 and $16.62 in 2019.
  • A 30-unit multi-family building with a 3-cubic yard non-compacted dumpster, a 96-gallon food waste container, and 3-cubic yard recycling service, would see increases of $36.55 in 2017, $10.45 in 2018, and $22.28 in 2019.

The rates proposal will be discussed by the City Council over the next several months and will be finalized as part of the budget development process in the fall.

Development Update July 25: More subdivisions

Two decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

822 NW 53rd St


A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6457339. 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.

1526 NW 59th St


A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6473480. 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.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 8/8/2016.

Ballard Library to host all ages board game day

Ballard Library will be hosting an all-ages board game day this Saturday, July 23, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Bring your friends and family, or come alone and join in playing a vast array of board games.

They will have Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America and more. The event is free and registration is not required.

Click here to check out the events calendar full of exciting events happening at Ballard Library.

Spoke and Food biking to dinner event on next week


Locals are invited to participate in the 7th annual Spoke & Food event taking place next Tuesday, July 26, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at 19 different restaurants spread throughout the Seattle area.

During the event, 20% of the participant’s dinner bill goes to benefit Seattle based Hunger Intervention Program

The Hunger Intervention Program is a local Seattle area non-profit that provides nutritious meals, basic cooking skills, and nutrition education to underserved individuals and families in Seattle. The Healthy HIP Packs Program, a weekend food backpack program, provides an important food resource for children in these families when school meals are not available.

Here in Ballard, The Barking Dog Alehouse (705 NW 70th St) and Maritime Pacific Brewery (1111 NW Ballard Way) are both participating.

Click here to learn more about the fundraiser.

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy a sunny weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, July 22

  • Park in the Heart childrens Art Classes at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The classes will allow children to experiment with color and each week will have a new theme. All are welcome and the event is free.
  • ARC Dance Summer Dance Performance at Leo K Theatre (Seattle Center) at 8 p.m. An evening of dance that will leave audiences inspired. Tickets available online – $33 for adults and $23 for students/seniors.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Night-n-Gale Vocal duets with Carrie Wicks and Aria Prame – $10 cover
      • 9 p.m. – It’s Lit – $10 cover/$5 students
    • HoneyHoney with Korey Dane at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Harrison Fjord with The Echo Echo Echoes, and Windoe at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • The Swearengens at Peddler Brewing Co. (1514 NW Leary Way7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. No cover, all ages welcome.


    • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). Cost is $15 per person. Call or text (206) 504-0916 to reserve your spot.
    • Pre-Natal Yoga Class at Ballard Health and Wellness Center(1138 NW Market St) at 10 a.m. Class led by Nico Lund. Cost is $14, bring a yoga mat.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring The Douglas Roach Jazz Combo.
    • ARC Dance Summer Dance Performance at Leo K Theatre (Seattle Center) at 8 p.m. An evening of dance that will leave audiences inspired. Tickets available online – $33 for adults and $23 for students/seniors.
    • Live Music
      • Seattle Secret Shows Presents: 80’s vs 90’s with DJ Indica Jones and SECRET GUESTS at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
      • Annie Ford Band, Vicious Petals and Santiam at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
      • Frank Kohl Trio at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) 9 p.m. $10 cover.
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.  – Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse in a musical cabaret – Tickets $25

SUNDAY, July 24

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring The Jazz Pearls.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • Chris King and the Gutterballs, The Lower 48 and Bleachbear at the Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $8.

Old 520 bridge pontoon passes through Ballard Locks

Yesterday afternoon Ballard Locks visitors paid witness to a rare sight as a section of the old SR 520 Bridge floated past.

Pontoon E from the old bridge was floated from Lake Washington to Lake Union and out through the Ballard Locks to its new home.

According to WSDOT, a third-party buyer has purchased the old bridge pontoons; and they may be used as docks, wharfs and artificial reefs.

Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

Nearby News: Police seek Pokémon Go bandit

SPD Robbery Detectives, working without the aid of Razz Berries or lures, are hunting for a man who robbed a Pokémon Go player at Greenlake last week. Read the full details from the SPD North Precinct blotter below:


A man and a woman were playing Pokémon Go near the Greenlake Boat House around 10:30 p.m. on July 11 when a man approached them and grabbed the woman’s cellphone.

The male victim grabbed the suspect, who then turned on him and struck him several times before fleeing.

The victims and several bystanders chased after the suspect, including a woman who called 911 while pursuing the man on her bike, but he fled the scene in a gold Toyota Camry.

Officers weren’t able to locate the Toyota, but believe they’ve identified the suspect as 26-year-old Jarvis Willie.

If you know where police can find Willie, please call the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535 or call 911.