Ballard Library to close next month for staff in-service day

The Central Library and all branches of The Seattle Public Library, including Ballard Library, will be closed next month on Wednesday, March 29 for a staff in-service day.

Book drops will remain open. No Library material will be due on that day. All branch library parking garages will be closed, but the Central Library garage at 1000 Fourth Ave., will be open.

Regular operating hours will resume on Thursday, March 30.

Framework agreement reached, completion of Burke-Gilman Missing Link to move forward

Earlier today, Mayor Ed Murray along with Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Rob Johnson, Ballard business owners, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates, announced that a framework agreement has been reached to move forward on completing the “missing link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

“After years of disagreement, we have a path forward to finally complete the ‘missing link’ of the Burke-Gilman Trail,” says Mayor Murray. “Bicyclists and pedestrians will no longer need to weave, dodge, or hold their breath while navigating through Ballard and maritime businesses along the water will maintain access to the roads they depend on. Today’s announcement highlights our collaborative effort to complete the trail, making the Burke-Gilman safer and more accessible for all.”

As the City finishes the environmental review process, the framework calls for stakeholders to work together on the design elements of a preferred alternative route that would complete the “missing link” with a marked, dedicated trail for pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposed trail would run along Market Street between the Ballard Locks and 24th Ave NW, then turn on to Shilshole Ave NW Northwest and run along the south-side of the street. The existing trail east of the Ballard Bridge, along NW 45th St, will be improved to allow for better access for businesses and safer travel for bicyclists and pedestrians. The City expects the final environmental impact study to be released in May.

“The community has been working on a safe completion of the missing link of the Burke Gilman Trail for years and it is great to be moving one step closer to construction,” says Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

“To say we are elated is a vast understatement,” says Blake Trask, Senior Policy Director of the Cascade Bicycle Club. “This project will benefit generations. We are grateful to the many parties, including local Ballard businesses, for coming together, listening to one another, and committing to building a trail that is safe and predictable for everyone.”

Wild West Purim Party set for next week

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Chabad of Ballard is celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Purim by hosting a family friendly Wild West themed Purim party on Sunday, March 12, from 4 p.m. at The Greenwood Lodge (7910 N Greenwood Ave N).

All are welcome to party this Purim with Chabad of NW Seattle! Bring your cowboy hat, boot spurs, and enjoy finger lickin’ food. The event will include a Megillah reading, say a Lechaim, western entertainment and loads of fun.

Check out the event ticket cost below:

  • Before March 5 Early-Bird Tickets – Adult $10 Child $5
  • Between March 5 – 12 – Adult $15 Child $8
  • At the door – Adult $20 Child $10

Click here to find out more and to RSVP for the event.


Development Update February 27: Two applications

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


1746 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6528065. 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.

7359 24th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6490655. 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.

Offensive graffiti found on Ballard buildings

Update: Councilmember Mike O’Brien posted a statement on his Facebook page: “This vandalism and hate speech has no place in our community…. I have asked the Police Department to keep me appraised on their investigation into this destruction. I also ask that all community members redouble their efforts to open their arms and hearts to everyone in our communities, especially those who may feel threatened by the actions of a few.”

Earlier: As many as three Ballard buildings were tagged with anti-Semitic graffiti yesterday. The graffiti included a star of David with the word “Jew,” an expletive and the statement, “Build the wall,” report KOMO and Q13.

The tags were discovered by neighbors near 24th and 65th on a new development under construction and a home for sale.

Monday brings snow and hail to Ballard

Afternoon update: All kinds of winter weather have descended on Ballard and surrounding areas, including sleet, hail and snow. Combined with the tanker accident at I-5 and I-90, the commute home has turned into a nightmare.

Meanwhile, over at the Space Needle…

Earlier: The snow started falling around 6 a.m., and depending on where you live, the Ballard area has a trace up to an inch of snow on the ground. Forecasters say we could see snow showers until midday — perhaps accumulating as much as a couple inches — when it will switch over to rain.

Seattle schools are running on schedule. There are some obvious traffic impacts throughout the city, and Metro buses are on snow routes.

Nearby News: ‘Hot Topics for Seniors’ on next week at Green Lake Library

The Seattle Public Library is presenting monthly discussion groups for seniors at two Library locations in March.

Hot Topics for Seniors is a place to discuss current national, state and local issues. The groups select topics, which may include issues such as education, health care, benefit programs, hospice, palliative care, immigration, gun control, transportation or housing.

The closest event to the Ballard area will be held at Green Lake Library. See detailed information below:

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9at the Green Lake Branch (7364 E Green Lake Drive N).  This month’s topic will be “Poetic Explorations with City Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna.” This meeting is presented in partnership with PSARA and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches are welcome. Free parking is available in the branch parking lot at both locations..

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, February 24

  • Live Music
    • Pisces Trio at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Merrily James at 9 p.m. – $10 cover.

SATURDAY,February 25

  • Live Music
    • Lydia Ramsey with Home Sweet Home and Ghosts I’ve Met at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $12.

SUNDAY, February 26

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.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.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Ball of Wax 47 release show: Songs of Protest at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 7:30 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Showbox Presents: Banners w/ Tor Miller at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.