Bitter Lake Community Center To Have Extended Hours

This week, Mayor Mike McGinn proposed a change regarding the city’s 25 community centers; cut staff and hours to most, but turn the remaining in to high-use centers.  The purpose it to reduce the cost of community centers and this particular program would save the city $1.2 Million in 2012.  Under the proposal, the community centers are split into 5 geographical regions.  Within these regions, high-use centers will have specialty programs and extended hours.  The 7 centers with extended hours and activities would be Bitter Lake, Garfield, High Point, Jefferson, Loyal Heights, Meadowbrook and Rainier.  The Bitter Lake Community Center is located northeast of Ballard between Aurora and Greenwood Avenues.  If the proposal is accepted, the Bitter Lake Community Center will be open 70 hours/week. For more information on the proposal, please read the full Seattle Times article. 

Work To Begin on Final Link of Ship Canal Trail

Construction on the last portion of the Ship Canal Trail is set to begin next week.  The portion is a half-mile long from 11th Avenue W. to Emerson Street.  The southbound ramp from the Ballard Bridge to 15th Avenue W. will close on Monday for the first phase of work; building a retaining wall west of the bridge.  The final piece will connect the Elliot Bay Trail, Interbay and Magnolia to other routes.  The cost of the project is $1 million and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.   For more information, please visit the official project web page.

Loyal Heights Elementary Receives Award

A Ballard elementary school, Loyal Heights Elementary, has earned a Blue Ribbon School award this year from the US Department of Education.  The award is given for high achievement and only 304 schools in the nation received a Blue Ribbon School award.  A conference will be held in Washington D.C. in November honoring Loyal Heights Elementary and the other awarded schools.  See the full article here.

Ballard School Reopens

Viewlands Elementary, an elementary school in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is reopening this fall with a new principal and nearly $10 million worth of renovations.  The school was closed in 2006 due to the district’s low enrollment and hundreds of students were relocated.  After enrollment began to rise again, the School Board voted to reopen 5 schools, including Viewlands. 

About 180 students were expected to enroll for the first day of school this week.  For more information, please see the full article on The Seattle Times website.