Large chamber of Ballard Locks closed until Dec. 6

The large chamber of the Ballard Locks is closed through Dec. 6 while crews work to replace the 102-year-old Stoney Gate Valves. This is the third and final extended long closure to replace the valves; the U.S. Army Corps had previously planned on a fourth closure from February to April next year, but say that’s […]

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Ballard Library ballot box is ‘highest performing box’ in Seattle

The ballot box in front of the Ballard Library is the busiest drop-off box in Seattle. King County Elections keeps tabs on how many ballots are returned at each ballot box location, and as of the morning of October 20, 6,280 ballots have so far been dropped at the Ballard Library. The next busiest location […]

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Loyal Heights Playfield closed for turf replacement

The Loyal Heights Playfield is closed until December to allow Seattle Parks and Recreation to replace the turf. The aging turf field will be replaced with what Seattle Parks says is a new, “state-of-the-art synthetic turf system”. During the replacement, they’ll also address any structural repairs to curbing, draining, and sub-surface elements. Seattle Parks says […]

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New safety modifications to Burke-Gilman Trail under the bridge

It’s now a little safer to ride a bike under the Ballard Bridge: SDOT has added some new features to help riders negotiate the train tracks on the Burke-Gilman Trail. SDOT has added new posts, paint, and signs along the Burke-Gilman where it passes over the railroad tracks under the Ballard Bridge, the site of […]

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Ballard High student film to be featured in NFFTY’s virtual film festival

Despite the pandemic, Ballard High film students are still producing award-winning work. A short film made by Ballard High School film student James Brammer will be featured in NFFTY 2020. The film festival will happen virtually this year, with all 234 short films available to watch online between Oct. 23 and Nov. 1. Brammer’s film […]

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Halloween and trick-or-treating tips from Public Health

This year’s Halloween in Ballard will look quite different: the downtown trick-or-treating event has been cancelled, and it’s likely that many families will choose to stay home rather than parade through the neighborhood. Seattle & King County Public Health is recommending that folks consider abstaining from trick-or-treating this year, as COVID-19 continues to spread in […]

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No Bones Beach Club is now closed

In another blow to the Ballard restaurant community, No Bones Beach Club has closed their location on 17th Ave NW due to the pandemic. The vegan restaurant also closed their Portland location in late August for the same reasons: owner Mackenzie DeVito said it’s just not feasible to reopen either location. DeVito has another location […]

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The Boar’s Nest to close permanently after 9 years in Ballard

Another Ballard business has announced it will be closing due to the pandemic. The last day of business for The Boar’s Nest will be Thursday, Oct. 15. Tomorrow is also their 9th anniversary: the BBQ restaurant opened on Oct. 15, 2011. In a social media message to customers, the owners said they had high hopes […]

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36th District State Rep. candidate forum at Ballard District Council meeting tomorrow

On Wed., Oct. 14, the Ballard District Council meeting will feature a forum with 36th District State Representative candidates Liz Berry and Sarah Reyneveld. The council and several community groups—Sustainable Ballard, Crown Hill Village, Ballard Alliance, Rotary Club of Ballard, Ballard Community Taskforce on Homelessness & Hunger, and Friends of Salmon Bay—will present questions to […]

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106-year-old Salmon Bay railroad bridge to be repaired, not replaced

Plans to replace the iconic Salmon Bay railroad bridge have changed: BNSF has decided that rather than build a new bridge, they’ll work to repair and maintain the century-old railroad bridge just west of the Ballard Locks. Two years ago, BNSF announced their intent to replace the bridge, which was built in 1914. The trunnion […]

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Ballard Alliance organizes fall food drive in lieu of annual trick-or-treat

Instead of trick-or-treating at businesses this year, the Ballard Alliance is organizing for a food drive to benefit the Ballard Food Bank. “In lieu of Trick or Treat in Ballard, we are asking our neighborsto give instead of get this Halloween/Thanksgiving season,” the Alliance writes on their website. The food drive will run from Oct. […]

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The Gerald now serves primarily Korean food

Ballard Ave bar The Gerald has changed their menu to be primarily Korean. Owner Wes Yoo says the change was inspired by his own Korean heritage and, “to help fill a glaring void on Ballard Ave with authentic Korean flavors.” Yoo was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, and moved to the US as a […]

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