Scenes from Night Out in Ballard

Neighbors from every corner of Ballard came together to celebrate National Night Out tonight — over 50 block parties, by our unofficial count. Thank you everyone for sending photos!

Here’s the view of two block parties along 22nd Ave. from 70th St.

Kids at 73rd and Jones tore it up on bikes.

Bubbles flew at 10th Ave. between 85th and 87th. And there’s video of the Bubble Man at the block party. (Thanks Jill!)

These kids had the time of the lives in a bouncy house at 80th and Earl.

State Rep. Reuven Carlyle made the rounds in Ballard, stopping by 43 block parties (not a typo) by the time he posed for this hot dog photo on 9th and 70th.

Neighbors at 70th and 28th celebrated their 18th annual block party.

Here at 12th Ave. between 96th and 97th, “The chalk art took a CSI type of twist, then it became positively Lilliputian!” says Dennis, who emailed us the photo.

How’s this for neighborhood pride? (Thanks, Scott!)

If you lived in East Ballard and heard all the music, it was coming from Greenwoodstock, and our sister site PhinneyWood.com has the story.

Folks at 62nd and 6th Ave. played games into the night. (Thanks, Summer!)

Dennis sent us this shot of the gathering at 36th Ave NW and NW 60th.

A great time by neighbors at NW 87th st and 26th. (Thanks, Steve!)

Neighbors on 47th NW pulled their party onto the sidewalk. (Thanks, Ed!)

“We had the coolest pinata,” Tracy emailed us. This was at the block party at NW 59th and 11th Ave NW.

This party on Alonzo between 70th & 73rd had “Chris – balloon maker extraordinaire!” And here are more photos from the same block party. (Thanks, Sarah!)


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Resident Who Cares
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Resident Who Cares

Too bad the owners of this blog care more about wealthy oil company owners than the kids on bikes and average middle class Ballard residents.

It’s too bad our “neighborhood blog” is run purely for profit by members of a group who would rather sue the city than support the bike trail extension that the department of transportation had approved.

I guess that kid is practicing drawing his bike commuting father on the pavement after he got smacked riding his bike to work.

GeekySwedes instead of posting more pictures in the morning how about doing us residents and our kids a favor by QUITTING THE BALLARD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and refusing to support their insidious lawsuit on behalf of Ballard Oil.

Posts like this purport to be pro Ballard but the owners of this blog have aligned themselves against the interests of the kids and neighbors shown here.

It is a real shame. The communities that overwhelmingly support the trail should really reconsider their support for this blog and their business group’s effort to sue to stop it.

GeekySwedes are part of the effort to stop the missing link

Anna
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Anna

if you care so much, why not sign your name? own up to your thoughts?

Sig
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Sig

I say: aim for the bikers. I’m tired of single-minded trivia like this.

Ballardemician
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Ballardemician

in non-cyclist related news, I was out last night on a long walk and have to say the pictures in this story paint an optimistic picture of Ballard night out. I ran across at least a dozen streets closed for “block parties” and none of them were close to as well attended as featured here. Some appeared to have 3 or 4 people, some just one household.

So to me that’s the story — Night out against crime very poorly attended on most blocks.

Alysse
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Alysse

Ballardemician,

Our party was only 6 households this year. But it’s the first year we had one. We started thinking about having one first on Saturday. May be if we started it a week or two earlier. I think maybe small parties are like ours was. They might be seeds of bigger ones next year :)

gooner
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gooner

resident… start up your own blog and don’t make any money while doing it. if it is better than this one i will read it

Bark more, wag less
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Bark more, wag less

Ballardemician has uncovered the biggest coverup in Ballard history! Must have been a loooooong walk for you to fully comprehend the enormity of your investigation.

Have you contacted Wikileaks?

snoopy
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snoopy

The attendance at our block party was double that of last year.

gts206
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gts206

Ranting and raving at 1:19 am about an matter completley unrelated to the story? Sounds like it was it about 20 minutes past PBR at your house.

SPG
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SPG

Sig heil spewed: “I say: aim for the bikers. I’m tired of single-minded trivia like this.”

You should be lined up against the wall and shot.

See? Nice little death threat joke to go along with yours.

Sarah
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Sarah

We had a GREAT party on Alonzo. Most of the houses seemed to come out and we took over the street with a firepit, lots of yummy food, and great company. I loved seeing kids being able to play so freely in the street without fear of being in physical danger- apart from the occasional bicycle crash. :)

The Norwegian
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The Norwegian

What did this prove? You want kids to play “in the streets”? What happened to the parks? We ARE paying for them after all. They are there, year round too. I am thankful it’s only a 1 day event, for now. Now if we can all get together for a real cause I’m all for it. These events are similar to the volunteers at schools, in that it’s the same people over and over participating. So go for it poeple, pound your chest and give us a giant HOO-AH, and tell us how this makes you feel.

Sarah
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Sarah

Hm. I was under the impression that, at the heart, this was an opportunity for neighbors to meet, hangout, and get to know one another. At least that’s what we did. But hey, bickering is cool, too.

DayBreaker
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DayBreaker

The “real” cause is to know your neighbor and know when something isn’t right in your neigborhood. Partipating in your community is as “real” as it gets.
To those who hate on the Seattle Night Out, may many packages get stolen from your front door b/c your neighbors don’t like you enough to give a damn about some teenager running off with your amazon crap!

gobigblue
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gobigblue

Resident Who Cares – if you hate this site so much because of their membership in the BCoC, then why do you read and post on it?

Just because this site or any other business is a member of the BCoC does not necessarily mean they support Ballard Oil and the lawsuit.

I don’t believe the Geeky Swedes have ever expressed their opinion about the lawsuit on this site.

I am a citizen of the United States, but that doesn’t mean I automatically agree with everything this country does. I didn’t agree in our going to war in Iraq, nor do I agree in allowing corporations to fund elections with direct contributions.

Was every citizen of the U.S. in favor of keeping slavery legal? Did every citizen in the U.S. agree with prohibition? Did every citizen in the U.S. believe that women shouldn’t be allowed to vote?

Guess what? Most of Ballard doesn’t care about the trail lawsuit. Like myself, an avid cyclist who often rides on the “missing link”, Ballard residents are generally far more concerned about real issues like crime, education, etc.

stussy
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stussy

wow Norwegian! I’m so happy you’ve decided to use your energy for such a great cause. “Bitching on the internet” is highly underrepresented. Seriously man. Night out is a great way to get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood.

How is looking out for each other is a bad thing?

Pho
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Pho

Citizenship in a big country is hardly analogous to voluntary membership and financial contributions to an anti-bike trail group.

The GeekySwedes choose to pay dues and associate their name to the group suing to stop the bike trail in Ballard.

ballardmike
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ballardmike

Wow…. such negativity a couple of you! Hugs all around!!

Jenny
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Jenny

Thank you A Resident for bringing this to our attention.

I did not know MyBallard was part of the organizations suing to stop the Missing Link!

Shame on them!!!

ballardmike
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ballardmike

Since we are citizens of the USA we are henceforth all guilty of war crimes as well.

gobigblue
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gobigblue

pho,

isn’t reading and posting on this site a way of supporting it? by extension, this would also constitute supporting the BCoC and the lawsuit?

instead of posting complaints about and on myballard.com, why don’t you put together a petition and go out and gather signatures from the allged plethora of ballard residents who want the “missing link” finished?

the ballard seafood festival would have been a golden opportunity to collect such signatures, like others have done in the past. or you could go down to bumbershoot in a month and collect signatures.

that’s what’s called real, effective community activism.

but you won’t do that, you and all the other trolls will just continue to read and post on myballard.com and accomplish nothing towards your goal of getting the laswuit thrown out and the trail built.

gts206
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gts206

Enough with the thread hijacks.

Some of us are pro trail some of us are pro lawsuit to require a Environmental Impact Study to see how the trail will affect the community around it (or in net hyperbole “stop the trail”).

Keep it to relevant posts.

We had a great block party! Thanks to the families that were the organizers!

I bet the babies living on our block are the cutest babies in town!

gobigblue
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gobigblue

btw, Swedish Hospital is also a member of the BCoC.

So if any of you anti-BCoC cyclists get in an accident on the “missing link”, make sure you ask the ambulance to take you to another hospital…

Kelly
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Kelly

Posting pictures of happy kids on bikes while fighting in court against bicycle safety… priceless!

I’ve lost all respect for this blog.

Stop posting pictures of our kids, you hypocrites.

ballardmike
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ballardmike

Oh good gawd… y’all need to lighten up! It’s a neighborhood blog fer cryin’ out loud!!

Thanks Bubble Man. That was cool. =]