New food truck Ravenleaf debuts in Ballard

Ballardites can expect a new food truck rolling around the ‘hood this summer: it’s called Ravenleaf, serving southwest and Caribbean barbecue with fresh northwest ingredients.

On their menu are sandwiches such as the Pulled Pork, which has 16-hour house smoked pulled pork, pickles, carrot and slaw; the Beef Brisket which has 20-hour smoked beef brisket with jalapeno aioli and poblano bacon jam; the Verde Cubano with pork verde, pickle, ham and swiss cheese; the Jerk Wrap, with jerk chicken, black beans, onions, peppers and Rainier cherry salsa; and a vegetarian Telltale Salad sandwich with mixed greens, mama’s lil peppers, candied walnuts and bleu cheese.

Their first day was spent in Ballard at Saleh’s Delicatessen; they’ll be at Ravenna Brewing on Saturday, July 1st from 1-9pm at 26th Ave NE and NE 55th St. To keep tabs on their whereabouts, visit their Facebook page.

What’s on this weekend

Have a beautiful weekend in Ballard!

Friday, June 30:

  • Live Music
    • “Finding Chet Baker” with the Chip Parker Quartet at 7pm, and vocalist Andy Shaw at 9pm at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). $10
    • Pornadoes at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8

Saturday, July 1:

  • Edible Garden Tour from 10am to 3pm, starting at Kirke Park, 7028 9th Ave NW. Check out your neighbor’s gardens and learn about permaculture and growing techniques.
  • Live Music
    • The Arsonists at 7pm and 9pm at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). $15
    • Fundraiser for Nikkita Oliver for Mayor by Bryan John Appleby at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 8pm
    • Lydia Ramsey, Lonely Mountain Lovers, Evening Bell
      at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8pm. $12

Sunday, July 2

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Live Music
    • Lorrie Ruiz Band and Good Quiver at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $12.


Navy Growler flyover for Ballard Locks centennial on July 4

The Ballard Locks centennial will be a big event for our little ‘hood, with EA-18G Growler flyovers planned for the 4th of July.

The ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Locks opening is on Tuesday, July 4, with the flyover happening at 10am The planes are part of the Electronic Attack Squadron 138, the Yellow Jackets, from the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island. The opening ceremony on July 4, 1917 included a flyover by one of the earliest Boeing airplanes, a biplane which circled overhead.

 After the ceremony, the Seattle Civic Band will play a “rousing selection of patriotic music” at 2pm. Ballardites can expect the flyover at just past 10am on the 4th, so have your cameras ready and don’t be alarmed at the military jets buzzing over Ballard.

Photo courtesy MOHAI

Development Update June 29: revised rowhouse application and two subdivision appeals

A revised application for a three-story rowhouse and two subdivision appeals makes up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Revised Application:

4101 3RD AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a three-story, five-unit rowhouse structure with surface parking for five vehicles. Existing building to be demolished.

Comments on this application may be submitted through 07/12/2017.


809 NW 52ND ST

There will be an appeal hearing for a Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed Parcel sizes are: A) 3,398 sq. ft. and B) 1,600 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Office of Hearing Examiner, Room 4000, 700 Fifth Ave, Seattle Municipal Tower, 40th Floor.

1532 NW 60TH ST

There will be an appeal hearing for a Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,149 sq. ft. and B) 1,601 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Office of Hearing Examiner, Room 4000, 700 Fifth Ave, Seattle Municipal Tower, 40th Floor.


Homeless encampments are working, city report finds

A recently released report has found that the three new homeless encampments in the city, including the one in Ballard at the west end of NW Market St, have “met and exceeded the contracted performance measures.”

The report, issued from the Seattle Human Services Department, states that from September 2015 through May 2017, 759 people have been served through the sanctioned encampments, and 121 people have transitioned into a safe, permanent place to live as a result.

Nonprofit organization Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) operates the encampments, including the encampment 2826 NW Market St, in partnership with Nickelsville and SHARE.

The Ballard encampment was highly controversial when it was announced in 2015. Residents worried about an increase in crime, and nearby business-owners worried about how a camp might affect business. However, the report says, “one of the most frequently mentioned positive outcomes is the increased neighborhood resident engagement and support.”

What makes this program different, the report indicates, is due to the incorporation of structured case management services into the self-management model. “The model was without historical experience or comparisons, which meant much of the operating norms and expectations were created simultaneously with the physical setting up of the sites,” the report states. “More than one person interviewed described the experience using an analogy like, ‘We were building the airplane in the air.'”

The system seems to work: the HSD found that the self-managed governance structure allowed residents to “positively contribute to day-to-day operations and community engagement efforts while building individual confidence and leadership skills.” A general camaraderie emerged amongst residents; “Residents tell stories about how they help each other out and, how they celebrate successes and milestones.”

Other key findings of the report include the following:

  • The model is successfully serving people who have been living outside in greenbelts, on the streets, in cars and in hazardous situations.
  • Overall, the neighboring communities have responded positively and, there is no significant increase in crime when the permitted encampment moves in.
  • The encampment self-managed governance structure offers residents a way to positively contribute to day-to-day operations and community engagement efforts while building individual confidence and leadership skills.
  • The success of the first two years of the permitted encampment validates the value of adding case management and services to the self-managed encampments.
  • More research is needed to provide insight into any detrimental racial equity practices or program barriers that may exist at the permitted encampments for Black/African American, American Indian or Alaska Native and Hispanic Latino people experiencing homelessness.
  • It would be beneficial to evaluate the potential changes needed for the level of case management, staffing and supportive services offered as the make-up of the permitted encampment shifts to serve more people who have been living without shelter for long periods of time.

Photo courtesy LIHI

Theater for Young Children coming to Ballard parks

Next month, the free Theater for Young Children will do their summer show at Ballard Commons and Salmon Bay Parks.

The shows will be in Ballard Commons on Friday, July 14th at 6pm and Saturday, July 15th at noon, and at Salmon Bay Park on Friday July 21st at 6pm and Saturday, July 22nd at noon.

Sponsored by Arts in the Parks grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation, the show is called  Tales from the African Continent, which, according to the organizers, “features stories, games, and songs gathered from many countries and cultures. We perform the Tanzanian Folk Tale: Two Ways to Count to Ten and from West Africa: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. Our interactive storytelling allows children of all ages to participate by singing along to songs by famous Smithsonian Folkways artist, Ella Jenkins and join us on stage to play the Liberian children’s game Who is in the Garden.”

The organizers say families are encouraged to bring blankets, a picnic lunch or dinner, for the 45-minute shows. All shows are free, with a suggested $5/person donation.

Theater for Young Children is an outreach division of Sweet Pea Cottage Enterprises and part of the North Seattle Arts Initiative. For more information about their programming or initiatives please visit or contact Cara Anderson-Ahrens at

Final workshops for Neighborhood Matching Fund grants

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will host three more workshops this year for community groups interested in learning more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF). The next workshop near Ballard is August 30, at the Northgate Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room (10510 5th Ave NE, 98125).

The grant is designed to help groups with volunteer-led, community-focused projects such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art, and grassroots organizing.

Examples of Ballard projects that were funded by the NMF in 2016 are the Mighty-O Parklet (pictured above) which received $25,000 (with $32,443 pledged from the community); the Bergen Place Activation Committee’s summer midday music concerts which received $20,400 (with $11,876 pledged from the community); and a Seattle Night Out planning committee, which received $895 for a NW 56th Street block party ($480 matched by the community). Click here for more examples of NMF-funded projects.

The NMF will award $3.2 million for projects in 2017. The Department of Neighborhoods has streamlined the application process, with a simpler application, added flexibility, and faster review and award processing.

The final workshops are as follows:

Tuesday, July 11:                 West Seattle Library (2306 42nd Ave SW, 98116)

Tuesday, August 15:            El Centro de la Raza, Room 307 (2524 16th Ave S, 98144)

Wednesday, August 30:    Northgate Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room (10510 5th Ave NE, 98125)

The workshops will  provide an overview of the program requirements and application process, and run from 6 – 7:30pm. RSVP online or call 206-733-9916.

It’s not mandatory to attend a meeting to apply; if you already have a project in mind, click here to start your application for either the Small Sparks Fund (awards up to $5,000 and which is due six weeks before the start of the project) or the Community Partnership Fund (awards up to $100,000 and which is due by September 25). Learn more about the different funding here.

Photo courtesy Friends of Mighty-O Parklet

New Populuxe Brewing space to open in August

Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th St) will be moving into their new, bigger space next door in August.

It’s been a long time coming for the move; they’d planned to be in the new building in March, but city permitting was delayed, which meant they lost their contractor to do the buildout. The new builder, Rafn Company, broke ground at the end of May.

The new space will include a full service arcade; they’ve partnered with Seattle Pinball Museum and plan to have both classic and new arcade and pinball machines. There will be a party room available for rent, plus a beer garden with firepits and cornhole and a regular rotation of food trucks.

“We’ll be open seven days a week and look forward to be a place our neighbors can continue to gather and enjoy great, local beer,” Populuxe’s Amy Besunder tells My Ballard.

Photo courtesy Amy Besunder

Pop-up park on Thursday at Loyal Heights substation

Tomorrow night (Thursday, June 29), a group of Ballard residents will be gathering at a pop-up park party at the Seattle City Light substation in Loyal Heights (7750 28th Ave NW).

They’re calling it the “Let’s Put a Park on It” Block Party, and are hoping to bring attention to the abundance of surplus electrical substations in the city, many of which have been sitting idle for decades ever since the city switched to new technology. Ballard has a few such surplus stations including Sunset Hill (3209 NW 65th St), Loyal Heights (7750 28th Ave. NW), with others in central Ballard at 6730 24th Ave. NW, 1405 NW 65th St., 3209 NW 65th St, and one right on Market Street at 2826 NW Market St.

“Residents in Ballard have wanted to repurpose the surplus Seattle City Light substations for many years. It was a dream of the late Carrie Gustafson to have public space at the Sunset Hill location,” Peggy Sturdivant, organizer of the pop-up park block party tells My Ballard. “Cass Turnbull saw a future P-Patch at one across from Ballard High School. Another former substation on 24th already looks like a park.”

Sturdivant and others would like the city to consider turning the substations into parks, and the pop-up party will provide an opportunity for residents to talk about what they’d like to see. There will be refreshments and cake at the Loyal Heights site, with the party planned for 7 to 9pm.

The event is a collaboration of the Seattle Green Spaces Coalition and UW Design Program graduates, who will be taking photos for their final design project.

Photo courtesy Peggy Sturdivant