New video displays installed at Ballard Locks Fish Ladder

There are new video displays at the Ballard Locks Fish Ladder, installed just in time for the annual salmon migration.

The 15-foot-wide display is part of a larger project, spearheaded by the Corps of Engineers Foundation, to improve the visitor experience at the fish ladder viewing room.

Corps of Engineers Foundation director Rich Deline tells My Ballard that they’re currently experimenting with different content and soliciting visitor input.

The displays are also being used for the tour guides — there’s a presentation-mode, which helps guides explain the three different salmon species that pass through the fish ladder.

“The wall is especially effective when there are no salmon in the windows, which is a more frequent occurrence, with the declining runs,” Deline said. Indeed, this year’s sockeye run is dramatically lower than usual — click here to see how the daily counts compare to previous years.

This fall, the viewing room will be closed for a more complete renovation with a new seating area. The Foundation is raising money to help complete the work — click here for more info about how to support them.

Photos supplied by Rich Deline


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