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Lights to be switched on in Seattle playfields this weekend to discourage fireworks

In an effort to discourage residents from setting off fireworks in the city, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be turning on lights in several athletic fields around Seattle this weekend, including in Ballard. The Seattle Parks department says they’ll turn on lights at ballfields throughout the city on the evenings of Saturday, July 3 and […]

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Ballard Commons spray park won’t turn on this summer

The seasonal spray park at Ballard Commons Park will remain turned off this summer. The spray park was left off of the city’s cooling centers list for this week’s record-breaking high temps, prompting queries from Ballard residents. Seattle Parks and Recreation says they’ve opted not to turn on the usually popular spray park in light […]

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El Borracho to reopen as a plant-based restaurant

Mexican restaurant and bar El Borracho is undergoing a major change: They’re switching to an entirely plant-based menu at all three of their Puget Sound locations, including Ballard. El Borracho closed to the public at the beginning of the pandemic, and they haven’t reopened for dine-in customers since, offering only take-out options throughout the past […]

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Police arrest Ballard man for threatening and shooting a BB gun at a man living in his vehicle

Police have taken a Ballard man into custody after he reportedly threatened and fired a BB gun at another man who lives in a vehicle. According to Seattle Police, the suspect wanted the man to relocate. The victim called police on Sunday, June 27 at 4 p.m. to report that someone had fired a BB […]

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Many businesses closed and City services limited due to high temps today

A number of local businesses are closed today and some City services are suspended due to extreme heat in Seattle. Even restaurants who have air conditioning are opting to close with temps predicted to rise to 109 degrees in Seattle today. “We do have AC but this heat plus a 1000 degree oven is proving […]

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City prepares for heat wave with cooling showers scheduled for Ballard and Fremont Bridges

Seattle is on the brink of record high temperatures this weekend, and the City is taking some measures to keep local roadways open and safe for travelers. The Seattle Department of Transportation says the extreme heat can damage roads and bridges, so they’re having crews on standby to respond quickly to weather-related damages like sink […]

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The Canal reopens to the public today with live music and a food truck

The Canal in Ballard is opening to the public yet again for the summer months with a rotating list of food trucks at the popular waterside venue. The Canal, located just next to the Ballard Locks, (5300 34th Ave NW) kicks off their summer tonight (Friday, June 25) with a soft opening event featuring food […]

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Plans still in the works for Aegis Living project on NW Market St

The plans to develop a new Aegis Living complex in Ballard are full steam ahead, with a 5-story assisted living center for seniors coming to 949 NW Market St. Aegis Living will replace four houses along NW Market St. The senior community housing center will have 93 units and underground parking for 39 vehicles. The […]

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Tunnel boring machine to start digging in Fremont for Ship Canal Water Quality project

Work to dig the wastewater storage tunnel between Ballard and Fremont is set to begin soon, with another large tunnel boring machine arriving in Fremont this week. The 8-foot Fremont tunnel boring machine will be used to dig from Fremont to Queen Anne, connecting Queen Anne’s wastewater basin to the larger storage tunnel. In Ballard, […]

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Dessert shop Truffles & More to pop up in former Ballard Blossom building

The latest pop-up business to open in the former Ballard Blossom building will bring desserts and baked goods to NW Market St: It’s called Truffles & More, and is set to open on Saturday, June 26. Owner Kyma Czark started Truffles & More six years ago after becoming well known in her group of friends […]

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