Update: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the damage to the Ballard Locks will take two weeks to repair. From the Army Corps: The small lock will remain closed to all but police and fire vessels on emergency response until structural members of the walkway, which help protect the gate, can be fabricated and […]
Check out this photo that Steven sent us of a barge heading through the Locks. He says in an email that he’s still in awe of the massive size and the ability to squeeze it through the large locks. He tells us that the rig is used for mining up in Alaska. “They have to […]
On Friday afternoon, Daniel emailed us this photo of what he called “pirate ships” heading through the Locks. On Sunday morning, Steven sent us the photo below of the two tall ships heading out. The ships were in town for the Opening Day of Boating Season.
My Ballard reader Dan said he spotted what appears to be a small gray whale just west of the Ballard Locks around noon on Wednesday, and he sent us this photo. He said it was there for about 20 minutes and then disappeared. We called the Army Corps at the Locks as well as Shilshole […]
The Locks will be closed once again tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both the large and small locks will be closed to marine traffic so dive teams can inspect the salmon exclusion structure for the final time this year. The system was installed last year to keep the salmon from being trapped in […]
The Army Corps of Engineers is closing both the large and small locks today from 10 a.m. to noon to retrieve a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) that’s preventing fish from passing through the ladder. Crews found the ROV blocking the locks’ saltwater drain system yesterday during an inspection of the adult salmon exclusion structure. […]
Both the large and small locks will be closed this Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The closure will allow dive teams to inspect an “Adult Salmon Exclusion Structure” immediately upstream of the locks. The system was installed last year to keep the salmon from being trapped in the return system. The doors of […]
Fremont movie-maker Martin Fossum has won an award at the Seattle International Film Festival for the Seattle Times’ 2009 3-Minute Masterpiece. The film, “Interstice” is a study of walkways and water at the Ballard Locks. The film was shot in sequence on Super8 film and there was no post-production editing. Fossum was one of nine […]
The summer concerts at the Locks kicked off with quite a crowd this weekend. On Saturday, the Boeing Employees Concert Band played and on Sunday the Batucada Yemanja group (above) entertained the crowd. Many people enjoyed the lazy weekend by relaxing in the shade or dancing with the band. The concerts continue every Saturday and […]
Ballard resident Jim Broumley is taking on a monster of a project — to create an archive of the Ballard Locks and Carl English Gardens from scratch. Jim thinks there are nearly 3,000 uncataloged photos and slides. By the end of summer, Jim wants to inventory all photo collections, documents, and artifacts. His plan is […]
If the recent sunny streak has you itching to use your green thumb, check out the Carl English botanical garden at the Locks. There are only three paid staff that maintain the gardens, the rest of the work is done by volunteers. Jim emailed us, “My wife and daughter both volunteer two days a week […]
Just as the busy summer boating season ends, the small lock at the Ballard Locks is back open. According to the Seattle Times, it was closed this summer due to a mechanical problem but reopened on Friday afternoon.