Gemenskap Park grand opening celebration this Saturday

The completion of Gemenskap Park on 14th Ave NW is being celebrated on Saturday, (Oct. 27) with a Fall Festival and Halloween costume parade planned from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Gemenskap (pronounced yuh-MEN-skawp), Swedish for “community”, is a two-block park on 14th between NW 59th St and NW 61st St. It’s been in the works for 13 years, so naturally, neighbors are ecstatic that it’s finally finished.

The East Ballard Community Association and Seattle Parks will be hosting the festival, with the parade happening at 10:30am. There will be music, pumpkin decorating, treats and activities for all ages.

To learn about the development of Gemenskap, visit this website.

Photo courtesy Gemenskap Flickr album


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Social Justice Cancer
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Social Justice Cancer

Wrong.
“Gemenskap” is pronounced “ho-bo tent”, alternately “tax waste” or “daily sirens”.

BAM
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BAM

I wonder what the maintenance costs are on this park a year. I certainly hope they keep it up, they never seem to maintain anything for long around here.

JBlTDMF0TP
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JBlTDMF0TP

There are zero tents in this park. Same as yesterday, same as all the other days this park has existed. These morons have never laid eyes on it.

asking for a friend
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asking for a friend

No matter that these trolls who have never laid eyes on the park make asses of themselves, every one of their asinine posts means one more can of food for the Ballard Food Bank. I pledge a can of food for every off-topic anti-homeless, repetitive troll post. We’ve easily exceeded 100 cans already, and 150 is coming up fast.

I’m going to mark each can, or each case of cans, “Social Justice Cancer” or “Onward, Virtue Warriors!” or “hayduke” or “Skip” or whatever the case may be, in rough proportion to their contribution. The needy people who eat this food should know the names of who made it possible. Thank you all! When I buy them a tent, your names will be written on it. I know, right?

Post more! You’re helping to feed needy people!

Dan Monaghan
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Dan Monaghan

Ballard is full of whiny little bitches.

Bobby
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Bobby

….that hang out waiting to post snarky negative comments anonymously.

Realist
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Realist

Yes. Those whiny bitches camp in the parks and demand we pay for their food while they do drugs all day, or they spend their time blaming “cishet white men” for the fact they majored in Pubic Hair Weaving and Advanced Cat Studies. Muh racism

Lampchop
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Lampchop

And scared racist old Scandinavians.

Return to weird
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Return to weird

Finally!! An intelligent comment!

hayduke
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hayduke

Oooh, so bold and edgy. You know what would really impress us? Pitch your free tents in your backyard and invite your harmless junkie friends to stay awhile. Let them cook their free cans of food on your stove too. Come on, whatdya say? You won’t turn away the “needy,” will you?

Brig Street
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Watchdog
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Spam Alert

asking for a friend
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asking for a friend

Donating cans of food to the food bank is not “edgy”. It’s pretty basic stuff. Something every decent person does all the time without even thinking about it. It seems to give you an enormous complex of anxiety and fear. But that’s what I’m here for! YOUR shitty non-contributions to myballard.com are turned directly into food for the hungry, and all you have to do is keep being you.

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Return to weird

Yeah how can we keep this up? I really want to donate a can for each condicending post on here. What a brilliant idea! I think we should also (not possibly) do this for each shitty mean comment we see on any forum. We’lol be feeding the world within minutes!

Obesity Epidemic
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Obesity Epidemic

I don’t see many lean people in poverty.

Return to weird
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Return to weird

That’s because cheap fast food is in fact fattening. You also don’t see people in poverty shopping at farmers markets too often either

Obesity Epidemic
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Obesity Epidemic

I can buy a cheap steak and potatoes for less than McD’s. Try again. Fast food hasn’t been cheap for yrs. And these same folks who can’t seem to make the decision to eat healthier are the same folks you guys drive to polling stations. NICE ONE
Condoms? They don’t use.
Healthy food? They don’t eat.
Consequences? Whelp those are for the rest of us to subsidize.

J.B.I.T.D.M.F.O.T.P.
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J.B.I.T.D.M.F.O.T.P.

Dumbass

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J.B.I.T.D.M.F.O.T.P.
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J.B.I.T.D.M.F.O.T.P.

Moron

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Return to weird

Cite your sources sir, also can you get a peer review of this so we know it’s accurate please?

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

You really don’t want me to start going into demographic details regarding your maps, do you? And yes, certain groups have a hard time wearing condoms despite endless campaigns, endless epidemics. Same with fried food, and shooting other teens and knocking up 20 baby mamas by age 18. You guys love that stuff!
Get em all to the polls, Bro! Try and see how many you can get licensed and official to vote Dem! Hurry!

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Return to weird

Wonderful

matt
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matt

More of a median than a park. And only two blocks? Why not go all the way to the school? A real waste of money.

Matthew
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Matthew

It would be cool if they extended it in either direction.

Bobby
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Bobby

Its the first phase. The nay-sayers said the same thing about light rail.

edo
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edo

After using 14th for years, it feels really weird and uncomfortable driving up what feel like the “wrong side of the street”.

Brent Rule
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Brent Rule

You planners and advocates had 13 years to come up with a name for this Park. You could not have chosen a worse name. My reason as to why will go out to everyone without any need of explanation. Terrible. I hate it.

Bobby
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Bobby

And why is it such a bad name?

Social Justice Cancer
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Social Justice Cancer

What do you expect from a city that think it’s ok for people to crap in the park?

BAM
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BAM

Has anybody enjoyed this park? What was your experience like? Inquiring minds want to know.

John Smith
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John Smith

How many people have stepped on a dirty needle here so far?

Feral Cheryl
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Feral Cheryl

not nearly enough – see, the only way we can help the junkies is to put them so up in everyone’s face that we’ll buy them a condo and buckets of smack. oh and of course more free needles from the needle “exchange”.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Possibly the most stupid use of city money to date.

sonu
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sonu

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