Free Women’s Self-Defense Class Happening In Ballard

By now you’ve heard the story of Kelly Herron, the West Woodland neighbor who fought off an attacker at Golden Gardens Park, see: Kelly credits her survival to a self defense course she recently completed at Fighting Chance Seattle, located at 1446 NW 53rd Street in Ballard‘s West Woodland neighborhood.

If you’ve been thinking about taking a class, but are short on cash or can’t commit to multiple course dates, Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering a FREE, 1.5 hour self-defense class, specifically for women.  The class is being held at the Loyal Heights Community center and participants must pre-register.

Date:  Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location:  Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th Street
Age: Open to women 16 and older

Class Description:  Explore and practice empty-handed self defense techniques. Learn to use your natural strengths to quickly and effectively defend yourself. You can gain the awareness, confidence, and skill you need to protect yourself. Quickly learn simple and powerful techniques to shock an attacker by striking vital points, as you yell “No!” and run to safety. Presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation partnering with Oom Yung Doe Martial Arts.

Ballard West Woodland Self Defense

List Your Business On The New Visit Ballard Website

Message to all Ballard business owners from Visit Ballard – a new initiative of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, dba Ballard Alliance, that will provide a one-stop resource for everything Ballard. Please send questions to Visit Ballard via email:

“We are nearing the completion of our new website and the launch of our brand Visit Ballard. The Visit Ballard website will be the go-to resource for things to do and services in Ballard. Help us promote our amazing Ballard businesses by adding yours to the site. It is a simple and painless process. Just follow the link in the button below and input your business information.

Please provide a photo that exemplifies the essence of your business and attracts customers to you.  If you had to set your business apart from your competitors, what high-quality photo would capture your potential customer’s/client’s attention? Please do not submit logos.

You may select multiple categories that apply to your business. For instance, if you are a veterinary clinic that provides dog grooming services, you would click both categories. This will ensure you show up in the appropriate search engine results. We would like to launch our site showcasing as many Ballard businesses as possible so please don’t hesitate. However, once the site launches you will have the opportunity to submit. Feel free to share this with your neighbors!  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Anndrea Dohring at 206-784-9705 extension 2.


*Please Note: This form is being used “pre-launch” only. Once the website is officially launched, a more formalized “Submit a Business” page will be included within*”

Whittier Heights Neighbor Wants To Thank Good Samaritan Who Provided Helped

Ballard West Woodland 14 and 64 2017-03-16 08.30.20.jpgCan you assist?

Whittier Heights neighbor Sadaf Hussain is hoping you can help find the Good Samaritan who provided assistance during a medical emergency this week.

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Sadaf passed out and fell near the corner of 14th Ave NW & NW 64th Street in Ballard‘s West Woodland neighborhood.

While Sadaf lay on the sidewalk, the dogs ran loose in a high traffic area.  Neighbors complain that vehicles drive in excess of the speed limit along 14th Ave NW, and as a result, this area has seen several car crashes and near misses.  A dangerous location for loose pets.

From Sadaf:

“I passed out on Tuesday, March 14th while walking my dogs at 14th and 64th. A kind lady pulled over, and called 911, caught the dogs, and stayed with me until the firefighters arrived despite being late for work. I really would like to thank her personally or give her flowers or something for being there at a vulnerable time for me.”

If you have information that might lead to the identification of this person, please post below or email

Sadaf’s dogs pictured below.  Photo courtesy Sadaf Hussain.  
Ballard West Woodland Sadaf

Universal Paper Box Company Sold, Ballard Location To Close


Universal Paper Box Co. (UPB) has been purchased by Portland, Oregon based Northwest Paper Box. The UPB headquarters, located at 644 NW 44th street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood, is in the process of closing and some employees will transfer to a Kent, WA location.

Universal Paper Box Co. started business in 1907, and moved to the current location in 1970.  Office will close at the end of March 2017.

Correction:  According to Matt Taylor, CEO of Band It, his company will not be leasing the newly vacated space as previously posted.  Our apologies for any confusion this may have caused.  

36th & 43rd District Town Hall Events Happening March 11, 2017

North Seattle lawmakers would like to hear from residents of the 36th & 43rd legislative districts about the issues they care about.  This is an opportunity for constituents to discuss issues and and get answers to questions about the current legislative session

36th District Town Hall:

Who: State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, State Rep. Gael Tarleton, and State Rep. Noel Frame
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Date:  Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: Leif Erickson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle, WA 98107-3134
Event Information:


43rd District Town Hall:

Who: Senator Jamie Pedersen, Speaker Frank Chopp, and Representative Nicole Marci.
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Date:  Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
Event Information:



Find your district online!

Not sure which legislative district you belong to?  We understand!

Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood is split between TWO districts, 36th & 43rd Legislative districts.

To find which district you belong to please visit, Washington State District Finder.

Mayor Murray, Stakeholders Announce Framework To Complete “Missing Link” of Burke-Gilman Trail

burke-gilman-signsSEATTLE (February 28, 2017) – Today, Mayor Ed Murray along with Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Rob Johnson, Ballard business owners, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates, announced that a framework agreement has been reached to move forward on completing the “missing link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

“After years of disagreement, we have a path forward to finally complete the ‘missing link’ of the Burke-Gilman Trail,” said Mayor Murray. “Bicyclists and pedestrians will no longer need to weave, dodge, or hold their breath while navigating through Ballard and maritime businesses along the water will maintain access to the roads they depend on. Today’s announcement highlights our collaborative effort to complete the trail, making the Burke-Gilman safer and more accessible for all.”

As the City finishes the environmental review process, the framework calls for stakeholders to work together on the design elements of a preferred alternative route that would complete the “missing link” with a marked, dedicated trail for pedestrians and cyclists.

This proposed trail would run along Market Street between the Ballard Locks and 24th Avenue Northwest, then turn on to Shilshole Avenue Northwest and run along the south-side of the street. The existing trail east of the Ballard Bridge, along Northwest 45th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood, will be improved to allow for better access for businesses and safer travel for bicyclists and pedestrians. The City expects the final environmental impact study to be released in May.

“The community has been working on a safe completion of the missing link of the Burke Gilman Trail for years and it is great to be moving one step closer to construction,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle). “It is also great that we have even more consensus around the best routing.”

“I am thrilled that we have an agreement to finally fix the missing link and to connect the Burke-Gilman Trail,” said Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle). “We all benefit when residents, workers and goods can travel our streets safely and efficiently be they in a delivery truck, on a bus, walking or biking.  This is a great success for bike safety, trail access, and Seattle’s economy.”

“This is a great announcement for people who use the Burke-Gilman Trail and for nearby businesses,” said Warren Aakervik, Ballard business owner. “The City of Seattle, businesses, and all the stakeholders are committed to a trail that is safe for recreation and commuting and allows for predictable access for trucks using the corridor. Our maritime businesses are dependent on easy access to the water and roads, and this agreement gets us that. This is a win for everyone.”

“To say we are elated is a vast understatement,” said Blake Trask, Senior Policy Director of the Cascade Bicycle Club. “This project will benefit generations. We are grateful to the many parties, including local Ballard businesses, for coming together, listening to one another, and committing to building a trail that is safe and predictable for everyone.”

“This plan balances the needs of maritime industrial businesses and the community,” said Eugene Wasserman, President of the North Seattle Industrial Association. “We look forward to working with the City, bicycling and pedestrian advocates, and Ballard residents in a manner that meets the needs of everyone that uses this corridor and maintains the vitality of the Ballard maritime industry.”

Learn more about the project:

About Your Seattle Property Taxes

Message from King County Assessor’s Office, February 27 2017

Information about your property taxes in Seattle

Homeowners in Seattle will be receiving a notification in your mail about property taxes. King County voters in 2016 approved several initiatives that will support schools, emergency services and transportation, including more Sound Transit rail and bus service throughout much of the county.

Those additional investments influence how much you pay in property taxes.

Please take a look at this chart to see how your taxpayer dollars will be invested. If you have any questions, visit

The appeals deadline for this tax bill has passed, but you can find out how to appeal at or by calling 206-477-3400.