Seniors unleash bikeshare prank at Ballard High

It seems the seniors were busy last night.

Teachers and staff arriving at Ballard High School this morning were stunned to find an army of Lime and Ofo bikes parked in nearly every available spot in the parking lot.

These bikes are parked so neatly, one per spot, it would make SDOT proud.

“Big props to the seniors, this is outstanding!” exclaimed Principal Keven Wynkoop.

Apparently this is the annual senior prank day at Ballard High.

If you need a bike to rent right now, you know where to find one. Here’s the map in the Lime Bike app showing the location of all the bikes:

Nicely done, seniors.

(Second parking lot photo from Eric Souza on Twitter)

Ballard Playfield is getting an upgrade

If you’ve visited the Ballard Playfield on NW 60th St. next to the community center recently, you know it could use an upgrade.

The city has set aside $1.6 million to refurbish the two baseball fields, and you’re invited to a meeting on Monday evening to hear the details.

The plan is to install “state of the art synthetic turf systems” and energy-efficient field lighting “which minimizes spill light and glare off the field.” The project will also bring the facility up to code with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

All this work will result in closing the Playfield during construction, which is planned for next year.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting on Monday, June 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW. to talk about the project.

(Archive photo from last year via Google Maps)

Ballard Bridge closed for several hours overnight

At 10:15 last night, police closed the Ballard Bridge in both directions, and Seattle Fire was told to respond for “water rescue standby.”

While there’s no official word of the cause, it appears the response was for a person in crisis. The bridge reopened at 3 a.m. There’s no word on the status of the individual.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the King County crisis line, which is open 24 hours a day: 1-866-4-CRISIS (1-866-427-4747) or 206-461-3222.

(Thanks to Silver for the overnight updates in the My Ballard Facebook Group.)

Crown Hill Broiler quietly opens on 15th Ave.

Back in January, the Original Pancake House along 15th Ave. NW just north of NW 80th St. closed its doors for good. In the last couple weeks, the Crown Hill Broiler quietly opened in its place.

The new kid-friendly restaurant and bar is starting out with burgers — 12 different options — along with sandwiches and salads for its soft opening. Early reviews in the My Ballard Facebook Group and Yelp are positive with special raves for the onion rings.

Here’s a look at the burger side of the menu.

The interior was designed by Sue Gentry Interior Design. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Briefs: Home prices, Addo, Mae Ploy, Yak’s, secret map, bikesharing and more

A few quick stories from around the neighborhood…

SOARING HOME PRICES: The median home price in the greater Ballard area has risen 9.9% in the last year to $851,500, reports the Seattle Times. For comparison, the Seattle-wide median price is $830,000. In the Queen Anne-Magnolia area, the number is an astonishing $1,135,500, which is up 26.2% this year alone. Just incredible.

ADDO MOVES IN: Chef Eric Rivera’s pop up project Addo at Royal Drummer is becoming permanent. Seattle Mag reports that the Royal Drummer folks will still provide the coffee, and Addo will serve up breakfast, lunch and happy hour beginning next week. Then starting next month, they’ll add brunch and dinner, too.

MAE PLOY IS BACK: Mae Ploy Thai Cuisine at 15th Ave NW and NW 65th St. has re-opened nearly three months after a driver rolled a car into the front of the restaurant. “It more than exhausted their insurance,” said Ted in the My Ballard Facebook group. “Let’s support ’em!”

YAK’S TERIYAKI: The Fremont fixture Yak’s has shut down, and Palmi Korean Cuisine & Teriyaki has moved in the corner spot on Fremont Ave. to take its place. “You’ll find a variety of Korean BBQ dishes, hearty spices in soups and stews, and classic Teriyaki favorites,” explains the website.

SECRET SOVIET MAP: The Seattle Times has a great piece about a secret Soviet Union map of Seattle from 1976. At the end of 24th Ave. NW at Salmon Bay, the map shows the label, “Explosion mechanisms and radio electronic devices.” And it turns out, Honeywell Marine Systems Division was operating there at the time — with high security — possibly on torpedo homing systems.

BIKESHARE REPORT: Today the city council heard a preliminary report on bikeshare use in Seattle. As you might imagine, Ballard over-indexed in use compared to most neighborhoods. One tidbit: 70% of bikes were parked correctly, 26% were partially blocking a walkway and 4% were fully blocking a path. It’s still too early for stats on the new bikeshare parking spots.

BHS ON SEATTLE CHANNEL: Nancy Guppy and her Seattle Channel show, Art Zone featured talented Ballard High School choir teacher Courtney Rowley. You can watch it here.

By the way, the Ballard community calendar is PACKED with summer events in our area, and you can submit your own events, too.

City awards $150,000 for neighborhood projects in Ballard area

The City of Seattle announced today it’s investing just over $1 million to support 22 community projects citywide through the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

Here’s how the awards break down in district 6, which covers Ballard, Phinney, Greenwood, Fremont and Green Lake:

  • $17,400 to Community Cinema Group for the Outdoor Movie at Ballard Commons Park, a free outdoor movie on August 18 in Ballard Commons Park that will provide an enjoyable and relaxing night out for locals and a way for groups and nonprofits to connect with residents. (Community match: $23,425)
  • $60,000 to the Nordic Museum’s Viking Days Festival celebrating its 35th anniversary on July 14-15. This free event offers a rich overview of Nordic culture for new and regular visitors alike. (Community match: $57,212)
  • $49,000 to Friends of the Ballard Civic Orchestra for the Music as a Bridge to Intercultural Understanding project using music to engage community members with Latino culture. There will be orchestra rehearsals and public performances celebrating culturally significant events. (Community match: $31,600)
  • $22,500 to the Whittier Heights Community Council for the Totem Pole in Baker Park project to replace a Haida totem pole and restore plants at Baker Park. A celebration of the replacement pole will be held in cooperation with the Haida Community Dancers. (Community match: $13,273)

Organizations provide their own matching funds in money, volunteer labor or donated materials.

If you’re interested in pitching an idea for funding, you can apply right here. The Neighborhood Matching Fund awards are announced three times a year.

(Archive photo above of Viking Days by the Nordic Museum)

Reuben’s creates ‘Good Hair Day’ brew for Rudy’s

Brewery collaborations are all the rage these days, and Reuben’s Brews has a unique one in store: a 25th anniversary beer for Rudy’s Barbershop called “Good Hair Day.”

“While a beer partnership might seem unlikely for a barbershop, we’ve never been ones to do what’s expected and that’s how we’ve stayed fresh,” said Danny Segal, director of marketing and brand at Rudy’s, which first opened in Capitol Hill back in 1993.

The beer will be sold at all Rudy’s locations, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Equal Rights Washington and its work supporting the LGBTQ community.

“I think it’s fun for two local businesses to collaborate!” said Reuben’s co-founder Adam Robbings when we asked about the growing popularity of topical beer collaborations. Adam says Reuben’s has worked with Kuma coffee on coffee beers, Gorilla FC to raise money for homeless programs and the Phinney Neighborhood Association to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its beer taste event.

“I’d like to collaborate more with other industries like we have done with coffee, to expand our knowledge and understanding and lead to more experimentation!” Adam said in his email.

It’s also a good way to drive some free publicity. When Fremont Brewing created an official beer for Emerald City Comic Con back in January, it sparked stories in Geekwire and here on My Ballard. Fremont also created a brew in collaboration with New Season’s grand opening in Ballard.

Reuben’s will hold a Good Hair Day launch event at its taproom at 5010 14th Ave NW this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rudy’s stylists will be on hand starting at noon “to serve up buzzcuts, bang trims and fresh fades” (hopefully while not drinking too much beer.)

Peddler kicks off its summer movie series

Peddler Brewing has started showing its weekly summer movies, every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the beer garden tent.

Last week it was Top Gun, this week it’s Big. Here’s the full schedule.

“Be sure to show up plenty early to get a seat at one of our picnic tables and a beer before the film begins,” explains co-owner Haley Keller. “You can also bring camp chairs and blankets to make your viewing experience as comfy and cozy as possible.”

Peddler is located at 1514 NW Leary Way.

Ballard High scoops up 19 Emmy nominations leading into film festival

The very talented filmmaking students at Ballard High have picked up 19 Emmy nominations from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). That’s two more nominations than last year’s haul.

You can see some of the nominated work online, including Paul, Dark and Handsome and Richard.

The winners will be announced on June 9 at the 55th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards.

Meanwhile, BHS students are planning to show some of their best work at the upcoming Ballard Film Festival on Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School auditorium (see the poster here). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students — sold at the door — and all proceeds benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program.