BHC to Host Community Bike Ride

This Saturday May 26th, the Ballard Health Club(BHC) will host a neighborhood bike ride for its members and friends, to promote their once a month club bike ride. The ride will start at noon from

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Bikesport, who BHC is teaming up with to promote the ride together. Each ride is tailored to the participants, and last month’s ride kicked off the series and traveled mostly around the Burke Gilman Trail to Matthew’s Beach and back. The rides generally last 2 hours, and maintain a pace of about 12-14mph throughout. Bikesport’s owner and BHC member Scott K will lead the ride. If you’d like to participate in the ride, or for more information on  BHC activities visit their website.

Syttende Mai Festival This Thursday!!

This Thursday happens to be Norwegian Constitution Day, and the annual Syttende Mai festivities in Ballard! Beginning at the Nordic Heritage Museumat 10am, Festival activities will run all day in

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appreciation for our Nordic community. Some festival events include free admission to the NHM all day and Nordic treats will be sold in the cafe, and there will be free live entertainment at Bergen Place Park,  a Nordic inspired parade and an open house at Leif Erickson Hall with food, beverages and wine for purchase! For more information regarding the Nordic holiday activities please visit the 17th of May website.

New Park Plans Cause Tension Over Parking

Plans for the new $1.5 million park along 14th Avenue NW will take away some 90 parking stalls along the street, and a group of local Ballardites is fighting to keep those parking spots in place. The tension is part of a citywide battle over how much parking is enough, and the City Council is actually considering a proposal to eliminate required parking around new apartments and condominiums within a quarter mile of frequent transit. Parking may still be included, but builders wouldn’t have to provide parking for each unit.

Proposed green space along 14th near NW 60th street


A group for the East Ballard Community Association have been petitioning the city for nearly a decade to bring a green space to 14th Ave NW, a street that has more parking along curbs and across a wide median, than almost any other residential street in the city. According to the Seattle Times, at two separate meetings in the city, about 100 people attended to help plan the new park and fewer than 20 complained about the potential loss of parking. But those who did object came in hot, with the argument that with the surge of redevelopment in Ballard, they’ll be losing more parking and don’t want to take away anymore than they must. The arguments continue on both sides, those arguing the green space citing that they are not against a park, but the decrease in parking stalls will cause a problem for handicapped and elderly; those for it stating a two block park isn’t going to cause as much fuss as they’re making. Find an extended description of the Green Space on the Seattle Parks and Recreation Website.