Route 44 changes hit design milestone, with some pedestrian improvements

Route 44 will see some significant changes in the coming years, with traffic amendments and pedestrian improvements on the agenda throughout the transit corridor. The popular bus route between Ballard and the University District carries over 9,300 riders a week, and has been notoriously unreliable. The Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor Project—a joint project between […]

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Ballard High School to perform virtual ‘Spring Awakening’

The Ballard High School Playmakers will virtually present their latest musical with Spring Awakening‘s opening night this Thursday, May 6. According to Ballard High School, the play follows a storyline from the 1891 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind. Ballard’s production is directed by Shawn Riley and musically directed by BHS choir […]

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Sacred Circle Art Gallery now open on Ballard Ave

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and Daybreak Star Cultural Center have opened a new art gallery and gift shop located at 5337 Ballard Avenue NW called Sacred Circle Art Gallery.  The new art gallery and store is taking over the retail space that was home to Atlas Travel Wear, which closed in February. […]

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Nikwax moves headquarters to new eco-friendly Ballard building

Nikwax has a new home in Ballard: The outdoor gear waterproofing and cleaning company has moved into the new building at 5101 14th Ave NW, just above the new Great Notion brewing location. Nikwax’s global headquarters are in the U.K., but their new Ballard office serves as their North American headquarters. The company has been […]

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Virtual fish tracking game helps educate the public about salmon migration

The public can now take part in salmon recovery efforts with a virtual, interactive game that helps participants track salmon on their annual migration. The salmon recovery nonprofit Long Live the Kings (LLTK) developed Survive the Sound, a free, interactive, and virtual game to engage and educate the public about salmon and steelhead while raising […]

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SPD teams up with Seattle University for community-police dialogue series

This year as part of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP) SPD is collaborating with Seattle University and their research team to host virtual community-police dialogues from the micro-communities about perceptions of crime and public safety. The dialogues’ purpose is to give the community who live and work in Seattle a chance to […]

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Ballard Patagonia closes its doors

The Ballard Patagonia served their last customers last weekend after four years on Ballard Ave. The Patagonia Ballard location opened in 2017 as the brand’s Patagonia Workwear and Patagonia Provision’s flagship location. “We’re sad to announce that Patagonia Ballard has closed its doors,” Patagonia wrote in a letter to customers. “After four wonderful years on […]

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City expands Health One program to Ballard for behavioral health crises and non-emergency complaints

A second Health One unit has been launched in Seattle, adding Ballard and the University District to its primary service areas. Health One is the Seattle Fire Department’s Mobile Integrated Health response unit which specializes in outreach and transport. Along with referrals from callers with non-emergency complaints and behavioral health crises. The second unit began […]

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Route 40 survey on proposed route changes closes this Friday

Changes are in the works for Route 40, and the public has until Friday to comment on proposed improvements. King County Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) have been working on the Route 40 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor Project to make bus trips faster, reliable, and safer for the community with proposals for four […]

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Sephora to open in Ballard Blocks 2 this month

The time is nearly here for the new Sephora store to open up in the Ballard neighborhood corner retail space at the Ballard Blocks 2 (14th Ave NW and NW 46th St). The cosmetics retailer has slowly been moving into their new space in recent weeks, with their newly minted sign highlighting their arrival to […]

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Burke Gilman Trail Missing Link faces further delays with recent court ruling

The Missing Link of the Burke Gilman Trail likely won’t be built this year, after yet another setback for the City in a recent court case. The Burke Gilman Trail runs about 20 miles through King County, from Bothell to Ballard. The trail disappears once you get to the industrial waterfront near the Ballard Bridge, […]

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The giant parking squid has come to Ballard

Ballard has a new bike parking structure, and it’s in the shape of a giant squid. Known as the “Parking Squid,” the 18-foot-long, 7-foot tall, 5-foot-long galvanized steel sculpture was recently installed on the west end of NW Market Street in front of Portage Bay Café (near the corner of NW Market St and NW […]

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