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Board of Park Commissioners to host hearing on People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan

September 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive feedback on the Draft People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan. The meeting will take place at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E) on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m.

The plan will guide the operations of existing off-leash areas, and provides strategies for development of future off-leash areas. It provides direction on how to spend Seattle Park District funding designated for existing off-leash areas over the six-year term of the Park District funding plan (2015-2020). The Draft People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan is available to view online.

The Board of Park Commissioners will receive oral and written testimony, and will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent based on the feedback they receive from the public.

Seattle currently has 14 fenced off-leash areas totaling 28 acres. The People, Dogs and Parks Plan offers recommendations on how to add new off-leash areas, and how to improve off-leash area conditions and user experience.

New off-leash areas may be added through new park development, existing park redevelopment and community requests, on park land or non-park public land.

All new off-leash area proposals will be reviewed by a committee of dog- and environmental advocates, community members, animal behaviorists and Parks staff, who will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent.

The Plan recommends that future off-leash areas be fenced, does not recommend allowing unleashed dogs on trails, and recommends against establishing more off-leash areas on beaches. User conflicts, limited enforcement and maintenance resources, and environmental concerns limit the capacity for adequate management of unleashed dogs in city parks outside of fenced off-leash areas.

The plan proposes the use of Seattle Park District funding to improve existing off-leash areas based on site assessments included in the plan, and to explore possibilities for partnerships and sponsorships to expand resources. It also proposes the creation of a license for dog walkers, and limiting the number of dogs in a dog-walker pack to three unless dog walkers complete an approved animal behavior training program.

Locals who want to give input but are unable to attend the meeting can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

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Mayor Murray to update SPD North Precinct Plan

September 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Earlier this week, Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Debora Juarez and Lorena González announced that the City will review the proposed new North Precinct facility, citing concerns around equity, cost and community needs.

The City will follow a recently-passed Council resolution and conduct a Racial Equity Toolkit review of the proposed precinct, and review key design elements that increased the project cost.

While the North Precinct serves 40 percent of the city and building a single precinct would save the city money and allow for a central training and community engagement location, other options for serving the area, including the likely more costly route of building multiple precincts, may be considered.

“The building proposed by my predecessor would address a growing need to replace the North Precinct, but clearly the public continues to have concerns about the estimated costs,” says Mayor Murray. “While we have had extensive discussions and planning, it is clear we need to reconsider the plan as proposed and ensure we are meeting the needs of the community with what we build.”

A resolution, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Burgess, Juarez and González and passed by Council last month, called for the RET analysis, and given the length of time for the review, the City will not move forward with implementing the project at this time. Additionally, the time while the RET process is being completed will be used to review other aspects of the project, including the number of facilities and overall cost.

“I remain committed to replacing the aging precinct in North Seattle and am prepared to consider multiple design options, if it is determined that is the best path for the community,” says Mayor Murray.

The City still strongly believes that there is a need for a new police facility in North Seattle and remains committed to replacing the current building. The original funding plan for the project included a mix of cash financing and almost $100 million in bonds. Given that the project will not move forward next year, the 2017 budget will not seek authority for this borrowing. However, approximately $15 million of the originally identified resources will be set aside in the budget to help address future project costs.

“We listened. Based on what we have heard from a wide variety of community members, and the Council’s review of the cost projections, we want to take another look at the component parts of the building and even redesign some of them in an effort to lower the cost,” says Councilmember Tim Burgess.

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What’s on this weekend

September 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Enjoy the weekend in Ballard at these fantastic events!

FRIDAY, September 16

  • Ballard Library Pop-Up Park to celebrate PARK(ing) Day open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. outside the Library at 5614 22nd Ave NW.
  • Live Music
    • KISW 99.9 Presents: Airbourne with The Wild at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $30.
    • The 2016 Rockabilly Ball featuring Honky Tonk at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • The Bruised Hearts Revue at Peddler Brewing Co. (1514 NW Leary Way) 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., no cover, all ages
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Solo piano with Scott Bemis – cover $10/$8 students
      • 9 p.m. – Mordy Ferber Trio – $10 cover

SATURDAY, September 17

    • Golden Gardens Beach Clean Up from 10 a.m. – noon. Attendees should look for the Windermere Flags at Golden Gardens to locate the clean up group. All are welcome.
    • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more.
    • 2nd Annual Ballard Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. Fun for the whole family at Verity Credit Union and four Ballard breweries.
    • Falling Inward: An Equinox Yoga Ceremony (5340 Ballard Ave NW) at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. This energizing & expansive yoga ceremony  is designed to integrate and balance your body, mind and spirit to support seasonal change.  Cost is $45 pre-registered/$50 at the door. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
    • Live Music
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. featuring Fundamental Forces – cover $8
      • Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek/Watkins Family) with Mikaela Davis at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.
      • The 2016 Rockabilly Ball featuring Rockabilly at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $15.
      • The Bitter Roots Live Show at Substation (645 NW 45th at) from 6 p.m.

SUNDAY, September 18

    • 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.
    • Medicare Made Clear Information Session at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Medicare specialist Jean Cormier of Cormier Insurance will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, D and supplements), what they cover and how they work. 
    • Sunday Movies at King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) present River’s Edge. Movie starts at sundown on the back patio.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • The Hasslers, Alki JonesAlex Rasmussen and the Road at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.

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Ballardites feature in Alt For Norge reality show

September 15th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The My Ballard team is excited to report that three contestants on this years season of Alt For Norge reality television show have connections to our neighborhood.

The first episode of Alt For Norge’s seventh season aired last week and features Lars Phillips, who grew up in Ballard, Heidi Somes, who lives in Ballard, and Kate Mills, who also grew up in Ballard.

The Nordic Heritage Museum hosted a Premiere Party last Sunday to celebrate the occasion and over one hundred attendees were there to support our local contestants.

Ballard is showcased in the show during the hometown bios. Check out Phillips’ video below:

Readers can also check out Somes’ and Mills’ hometown bios online.

Click here to check out the Alt for Norge Facebook page and keep up with the weekly episodes.

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Oktoberfest set to take over the neighborhood this Saturday

September 15th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Second Annual Ballard Oktoberfest is set for this Saturday, September 17. The event, sponsored by Verity Credit Union, is set to draw hundreds of locals to our neighborhood to celebrate the end of summer.

The celebrations will kick off at 2 p.m. as Oktoberfest leads the crows from one Ballard brewery to the next complete with a live Oompah band, The Oompah Machine.

At each of the below stops attendees will find commemorative steins, Oktoberfest beers, food trucks and more. Check out the schedule below:

  • 2 p.m. Reuben’s Brews – 5010 14th Avenue NW
  • 3 p.m. Stoup Brewing – 1108 NW 52nd Street
  • 4 p.m. Lucky Envelope Brewing- 907 NW 50th Street
  • 5 p.m. Populuxe Brewing – 826 B NW 49th Street

Click here to find out more about the event.

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Ballard Development Update September 15: Subdivisions and a five-story building

September 15th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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

Applications:

2603 NW 63rd St

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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 #6513243. 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.

2141 NW 96th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed Parcel sizes are: A) 3,845 sq. ft. and B) 3,845 sq. ft. Existing structure on Parcel B to remain.

Decisions:

1448 NW Market St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 5-story, 202,284 sq. ft. office and retail building. Parking for 253 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 9/29/2016.

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Golden Gardens Beach Clean Up set for Saturday

September 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Windermere Ballard is hosting their 2nd annual Beach Clean Up Event at Golden Gardens this Saturday, September 17th, on National Beach Clean Up Day.

Windermere is gathering friends, family, clients and community members to participate in the event.

“We will be picking up garbage and doing any other small projects as needed. We really want to make this a great event and help keep Golden Gardens the local beach we all know and love,” says Breanna Albert from Windermere.

Winderemere has teamed up with the Seattle Parks Department and the Puget Soundkeepers to make this event a huge success.

All are welcome to participate from 10 a.m. – noon. Attendees should look for the Windermere Flags at Golden Gardens to locate the clean up group.

Click here to find out more about the event.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities to close for all-staff training

September 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed this Thursday, September 15, due to an all-staff in-service day. The majority of classes and programs will not be running.

The following enrichment programs in our area will take place as noted below:

  • Ballard Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Ballard Community Center, Preschool
  • Loyal Heights Community Center, Preschool
  • Magnolia Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Magnolia Community Center, Preschool

There will be no other activities at the community centers on Thursday.           

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Seattle Audubon seeks volunteers for elementary school program

September 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Audubon Society is currently looking for volunteers for the Fall session of their Finding Urban Nature (FUN) program.

The program introduces 3rd and 4th graders to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat.

Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. The lessons in the spring give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. The program is in need of volunteers at Adams, BF Day, and Greenwood Elementary Schools

FUN relies on 120 volunteers to assist in delivering the program each year and organizers are now seeking volunteers to meet their needs for Fall classes.

Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and lead a group of four to six students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is required and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!

Applicants need to apply as soon as possible to volunteer for the Spring program. Seattle Audubon provides all training, supplies, and support necessary to make volunteers successful leaders.

Please respond as soon as possible to be a part of FUN training in October. Contact FUNvolunteer@seattleaudubon.org or call (206) 523-8243 ext. 12. A background check is required for all applicants.

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City proposes reduction in speed limits to improve street safety

September 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Mike O’Brien have unveiled a proposal to enhance safety on Seattle’s streets by changing the speed limit on all residential streets from 25 to 20 MPH and streets in the center city from 30 to 25 MPH.

The proposal is part of Seattle’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.

“Having helped pass the Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill during my time in the legislature, I’m proud that Seattle will be the first city in the state of Washington to implement lower speeds on all residential streets,” said Mayor Ed Murray.

According to City data, speed contributes to 25 percent of collisions citywide and 42 percent of downtown traffic fatalities every year. Pedestrians struck by vehicles traveling at 25 MPH are half as likely to die as those struck at 30 MPH.

“Reducing speeds will not only reduce accidents and fatalities but it also brings peace of mind for those who use our sidewalks, including children and our elderly neighbors. The reduction we are proposing will not restrict mobility,” says Councilmember Tim Burgess.

In residential areas like Ballard, going down to 20 MPH brings the entire neighborhood to existing school zone speed limits, making safer routes of travel for all.

According to the City, vehicle safety in Seattle has improved significantly, but not for people walking and biking.

Pedestrian and bicycle collisions make up seven percent of total crashes, but nearly half of fatalities. The proposed new speed limit will apply to 2,400 miles of non-arterial streets and help enhance safe routes to schools, transit, parks and other destinations.

The City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee will discuss and vote on the proposal at its September 20 meeting. The legislation will then go before the full council for a vote later this month.

If passed into law, the City expects to begin rolling out speed limit changes in November.

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Ballard Reuse to remove mural, searching for involved locals to take panels

September 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The folks from Ballard Reuse emailed in to report that they will be removing the mural affixed to their store at 1440 NW 52nd St this week.

The mural was originally painted by students at Summit K-12 with help from The RE Store, members of the community and some artists. It was originally supposed to have been removed at the end of The RE Store’s lease. However, when Ballard Reuse took over in 2014, the Ballard Reuse team negotiated to keep the mural and accepted responsibility for it’s removal.

“We understand that some members of the community have a deep attachment to the mural. Therefore, we will give the panels to anyone who can demonstrate their part in making the mural and/or a suitable plan for it’s next life,” says Pat from Ballard Reuse.

The mural is set to come down this Wednesday, September 14. Those who have interest in the panels contact Pat as soon as possible at pat@ballardreuse.com or call Ballard Reuse at (206) 297-9119.

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Ballard Library to host pop-up park on PARK(ing) Day

September 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will be participate in PARK(ing) Day from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, September 16, at 22nd Ave NW and Ballard Ave NW, adjacent to Marvin’s Garden.

Librarians will change one parking space into a pop-up park with book talks, crafts for children, and lawn and board games for all.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, citizens and librarians transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks as an opportunity to rethink how streets can be used.

In Seattle, parking spaces across the city will be transformed into tiny parks with different themes.

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

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