Ballard’s Labor Day Roundup

Here’s what’s happening in Ballard this Labor Day:

  • Goodwill is hosting its annual Labor Day sale. Get 50% off all donated apparel, shoes, accessories and furniture. Doors open at 8 a.m. at all locations, including their Ballard store (6400 8th Ave. NW).
  • Li’l Woody’s will be giving away free hamburgers between 2 and 5 p.m. at their Capitol Hill and Ballard (2040 NW Market Street) locations. Limit one per customer.

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Do you know of any other events or information for Memorial Day in Ballard? Email us at and we will add the information to our post.

Ballard Elks to host annual Frock Swap

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The team at Ballard Elks is planning their Second Annual Frock Swap women’s clothing exchange event next month and they are inviting locals to get involved.

Last year the event raised over $2000 for Mary’s Place and a truckload of clothing for those in need. All the folks who came to swap also went home with lots of great new clothing for their wardrobes.

This year’s event will be benefiting Mary’s Place and the WA State Elks “Second Chances” Scholarship fund, a program for women who have come out of an abusive environment and are trying to get a second chance in life. Leftover clothing will be going to Mary’s Place and Ruby Room again, as appropriate.

The team will accept women’s clothing, accessories, shoes and costumes. No underwear, socks, bathing suits, stained or torn items, please. No men’s or children’s wear will be accepted. Donations will start being accepted at the Lodge (6411 Seaview Ave NW) after Labor Day.

The actual Frock Swap event will take place on Sunday, October 9, from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Ballard Elks Lodge. Admission to the event is $10 with clothing donation, $20 without a clothing donation, $30 for 30 minute early admission (with or without clothing donation). There is no limit to what attendees can take home.

The event will also include a raffle and a silent auction for gift certificates and items donated by local businesses like Brimmer & Heeltap, Baleen, Sasquatch Books, Roux, Liberté Beauty, Domino Beauty Boutique, Ladywell Spa, Firefly Tutoring, Salmon Bay Paddle, just to name a few.

This year, clothing donations for the swap will not be accepted on the day of the event. Any items that are donated day of will be donated directly to Mary’s Place.

Two Ballard play areas set to close for renovation

Gilman Playground (923 NW 54th St) and Webster Park (3025 NW 68th St) play areas are scheduled to close beginning Monday, September 5, for approximately four months for renovation.

During construction, the Gilman Playground basketball court and surrounding area will be closed; however, the comfort station, east/west walkway and associated stairs and sports fields will remain open. At Webster Park the play area and basketball court will be closed for the duration of construction.

Both play area renovation projects will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and install new park furnishings. Thank you to everyone who attended the public meetings and provided input on the improvements.

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for these play area improvement projects.

Click here to find out more information about the projects and construction updates.

If you have questions about the projects please contact Katie Bang from Seattle Parks and Recreation at (206) 684-9286 or

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy the first weekend in September in Ballard at these fantastic events!

FRIDAY, September 2

  • Ballard Midday Music Series at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW) from noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Live Music
    • Friction Pitch with Will Moore (release) and Alki at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Sam Russell and the Harborrats 10th Anniversary + Ball of Wax Release Show at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Phil Parisot Experience – cover $10
      • 9 p.m. – Market St. Dixieland Jazz Band – $10 cover

SATURDAY, September 3

    • Blood Drive at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Bloodworks will be parking their bloodmobile on NW 49th St just behind the brewery. Donors will receive a $5 gift certificate for use at Peddler Brewing Co. Locals can sign-up online.
    • Free Summer Concert at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring STRUM – Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians .
    • Live Music
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7pm featuring Dina Blade and friends – cover $8
      • The Kings (release party) with The Bandulus + Marieke and The Go Get Em Boys at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
      • Low Cut Connie, Bread and Butter and Brain Drain at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, September 4

State seeks volunteers to tally bicyclists and pedestrians

Volunteer registration is now open for anyone wanting to help count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations during a three-day State survey starting on Tuesday, September 27.

Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. In 2015, volunteers tallied more than 74,000 bicyclists and pedestrians in communities across Washington.

For this ninth annual survey, the WSDOT and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirstWashington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, September 27, through Thursday, September 29.

“The data from this survey helps communities in many ways,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “Volunteers are a key piece of the collection process – we couldn’t do this work without them.”

Data collected in the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities.

For example, the city of Bellingham used count data to monitor bicycle and pedestrian transportation trends for its award-winning Alabama Street Corridor Multimodal Safety Improvement project.

There are plenty of opportunities for Seattleites to assist locally. To learn more, visit WSDOT’s websiteemail Cascade Bicycle Club or call 206-439-4301.

Development Update September 1: Apartment building to replace El Camion and more subdivisions

Two applications and one early design review meeting make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


1811 NW 65th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6509246. 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.

1533 NW 62nd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6517793. 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.

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting:

6416 15th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 6-story building with 79 apartment units, up to 3 live-work units, 3,220 sq. ft. of commercial space and parking for 31-36 vehicles. Existing structure, that is currently home to El Camion restaurant, is to be demolished. A contract rezone from NC3P-40′ to NC3P-65′ is proposed.

A Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will accept written comments through September 19. Locals 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 or

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

SPU Program offers local home owners free water-saving toilets

Seattle Public Utilities is encouraging locals to learn more about the Water Conservation Program’s free toilet program.

The program is offering local residents the chance to save money and the environment by installing water-saving toilets.

SPU has partnered with Sound Generations Minor Home Repair program to install the toilets and recycle old toilets free of charge.

To be eligible, you must receive a Seattle Public Utilities water bill, live in the home you own, have toilets that were installed before 2004 and meet income guidelines.

If you are interested call Sound Generations at (206) 448-5751 or visit to get started!