The master plan for the Ballard Locks and along the Lake Washington Ship Canal is due for an update, so the Army Corps has put out a call for public input.
Dallas Edwards from the Army Corps tells My Ballard that the information will be used to update recreation and land use goals for the area, whether it’s adding more concerts to the Locks gardens or changing natural resource management.
The scoping period for the environmental assessment of the master plan runs June 1 through July 31, during which the public is encouraged to submit ideas and comments via email at LWSC.email@example.com.
Normally, Edwards says they gather input by setting up a table at the Locks and chatting to visitors, but with the COVID-19 closures, they’re hoping to gain input online.
The Army Corps is interested in public feedback on the following topics:
- Carl S. English Botanical Garden
- Visitor Center
- Fish Ladder viewing Area
- Recreation Management
- Cultural/Historic Properties Management
- Public tours
- Public Use
- Special events
- Special use permits
The master plan is scheduled for completion in September 2021; we’ll update with any news on changes to the Locks before then. For more background on the master plan, click here.