Free Parking in Ballard Not Free For Long

According to this report by Kiro TV, the Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to turn 250 parking free spots in downtown Ballard into paid ones. In addition to this, there will be more time limit spots for areas where there are currently no restrictions on how long you are allowed to park. Johnathan Williams, senior transportation planner with SDOT,  states that the idea is “to create available access to businesses, so folks coming into the neighborhood can find a place to park.” Kiro TV says that the plan is to implement these changes in the spring.

The issue at hand is that with Ballard becoming more dense with the addition of new apartments and condo’s, along with a growth of new businesses, parking is at a premium. While extending paid parking times and adding more paid spots will increase turnover, it could also reduce the amount of time people spend in Ballard.

How do you feel about this? Do you agree or disagree with the plan from the Seattle Department of Transportation?

You can find more information on  this proposed plan here.

Ballard Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Syttende Mai This Saturday

Norway

Despite dramatic changes in Ballard over the past several years, the neighborhood retains its strong Scandinavian identity, which is no better demonstrated than at the annual Syttende Mai (17th of May in Norwegian) parade, a celebration of the signing of the Norwegian constitution in 1814.

Ballard has been holding its celebration of Norwegian independence for 150 years, and these days the parade, which begins near 24th Ave NW and NW 60th and makes its way through Bergen Place park and down Ballard Avenue through Old Ballard, draws as many as 20,000 spectators. You’ll see drill teams, marching bands, community groups and plenty of Norwegian musical groups such as the Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle. Though the parade is the grand finale of the event, Ballard will be celebrating all day long with music, food, kids activities, and much more! Here’s a sampling of other events happening throughout the day:

10:00 a.m. – Opening festivities with Mayor Ed Murray at Bergen Place

10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. – Barneleker (Children’s Events) at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Bring your kids for free craft projects and a chance to pet fjord horses!

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Enjoy free admission to the Nordic Heritage Museum all day long and sample Scandinavian food and drinks in the Nordic Cafe.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Cafe at Leif Erikson Lodge. Food, beverages, wine/beer, programs, flags, DVDs for purchase. Enjoy traditional Norwegian music from the Winter Band and connect with local Scandinavian organizations.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Parade! See the route here.

There will also be music all day long at the Bergen Place stage, see a full lineup and schedule here!

 

Best Ballard Mother’s Day Gifts

blackbird seattle

Photo Courtesy of Blackbird

If you’ve shopped around and still haven’t been able to find the right gift for mother’s day this year, don’t worry we have a great list of items that every Ballard mom is sure to love! Does your mom love to keep the house smelling great? Head over to Blackbird and pick up an incense pyre sampler for $30, with scents like Ai, a bright green aroma with mossy and soil tones, and Izba, a warm wood and light smoky fireplace aroma. If she’s not into incense, Blackbird also has a variety of hand soaps like the tomato leaf and clay square soap perfect for the kitchen.

Does your mom love the outdoors? Check out Second Ascent’s collection of base layers and yoga pants. They also have a ton of camping gear, including this awesome Marmot trestle sleeping bag designed for the female physique. If your mom digs local art, head over to Venue and check out their collection of photography, paintings, sculptures, jewelry and other fun gifts. If your mom could use some time to unwind, get her a spa package at Habitude Salon and Spa, we like the Beneath the Spring Thaw Falls package which includes a hydrating salt glow, massage, scalp revitalizer, followed by a hot rocks sauna.  If your mom really enjoys dining out, take her to Ray’s Boathouse on the waterfront, or dine at Bastille and pretend you took her to Paris for the night! Whatever you decide to get her, make sure to tell your mom how appreciative you are for all she does this Mother’s Day, and Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful Ballard Moms!

Tug Boat Sinks in Ballard

According to The Seattle Times, a 72 foot wooden tug boat that was being moored at a dock in Salmon Bay sank early Monday morning near the Ballard Bridge. The Department of Ecology was on hand to assist as some fuel had leaked into the bay. While details of how this happened are still coming in, it did not appear to be a large quantity.

The Coast Guard received a call from the boats caretaker around 7:30 AM to notify them that the tug was sinking. This wooden tug boat was in the middle of being transformed into a floating residence when this incident occurred. For more information on this developing story, please check out The Seattle Times. 

5 Guys Coming to Ballard

Thanks to this tip from MyBallard.com it looks like the popular and delicious 5 Guys Burger chain will be expanding into Ballard. While some details have yet to be released it appears that they will move into the retail space of one of the new apartment buildings being built at 15th Ave NW and Market St.

5 Guys offers a limited menu with few burger options but they offset that with what feels like unlimited toppings that you can add as well as large portions of hand cut fries. Ballard already has its fair share of burger restaurants most notably Red Mill, so we will have to watch how 5 Guys fits in. As you drive by the new construction on Market St. keep your eyes open for the grand opening!

 

Man Calls Police to Report Finding a Leg

This past Friday a Ballard man (according to this report on the Seattle Police Department Blotter) called 911 to report that he had found what he believed was a leg on top of a building on the 2600 Block of NW Market Street. The Ballard man told the Seattle Police that it did not appear to be a leg belonging to an animal, however it was unclear whether that is true or not. Police have sent this to the medical examiner for further information but no details have been released on this.

We will monitor the SPD Blotter for more information on this strange case and update the blog if we hear any more information.

Ballard Craft Beer Crawl

With the growing number of craft breweries that have opened up in Ballard recently, Thrillist has created a Ballard Craft Beer Crawl that you and your friends can follow. Where else in the Seattle are you able to try 8 different breweries all of which are within walking distance from each other?

Here is the order of breweries that Thrillist suggests you follow.

  1. Hale’s Ales
  2. Jolly Roger Tap Room
  3. Hilliard’s Beer
  4. Reuben’s Brews
  5. Urban Family Public House
  6. NW Peaks Brewery
  7. Populuxe Brewing
  8. Peddler Brewing Company

 

 

If you are looking to try out freshly made local beer, give the Ballard Craft Beer Crawl a try and let us know which place is your favorite. For more information about this as well as a short description of each brewery please visit the Thrillist website.

Happy Hour in Ballard

With summer just beginning we thought it was the perfect time to highlight the happy hour scene in Ballard. The Hi-Life which is located just off of Market St. on Russell Ave is the perfect place to meet your friends after a long day at the office. They offer a great selection of $4 food items that include Margherita Pizza, Mac & Cheese, Onion Rings, Suicide Sliders, and many more treats. For beverages you can choose from eight northwest beers, house wine, or well drinks, each for only $3.50. They also offer seasonal specialty cocktails for $5. 

Happy Hour at the Hi-Life runs everyday from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and 10 pm to close. On Tuesday’s it goes all evening long from 3 pm until close.  For a complete menu of their happy hour please visit there website at Chowfoods.com.

Ballard Seafood Festival is Back!

This weekend July 13-14 is the annual Ballard Seafood Festival taking place in the heart of downtown Ballard. This annual summer event will showcase various food vendors who will dish out many of the northwest’s most classic seafood dishes as well many other delicious treats! Don’t worry if seafood is not your cup of tea, there will also be various arts and craft booths, non profit vendors, as well as a beer garden that will offer many of the finest local beers around! 

So head on down to Ballard this weekend and celebrate the tradition of Ballard Seafood Festival. For more information visit the Ballard Seafoodfest website.

  • Time: Saturday 11 am to 9 pm  & Sunday 11 am to 7 pm.
  • Where: Downtown Ballard
  • Cost: FREE

Seattle Ranks High on Best Cities to Trick or Treat; Which Ballard shops are Handing out Treats?

How does one rank trick-or-treatiness? The statistic gurus over at Zillow are at it again, this time measuring which cities across the country are the best for this year’s trick-or-treaters! Seattle ranked fourth overall, behind, Honolulu, Boston, and San Francisco, and they measured the rankings according to who is likely to provide the most candy, with the shortest walking distance, in the safest neighborhoods.  According to their findings, the top neighborhoods around the city include Loyal Heights, Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, Madison Park and the Roosevelt area.

Halloween is just around the corner, and  it falls on a Wednesday. If you’re taking the little ones trick or treating this year, be sure to check out the list of which Ballard shops are handing out candy from 4-6pm on October 31st. Happy Halloween!