What should we name the Park on 14th Ave NW?

After many years of hard work by the East Ballard Community Association, lead by Dawn Hemminger, a new park is ready to be born at the corner of 14th Ave NW & NW 58th Street! But before ground breaking begins in Spring 2016, Seattle Parks and Recreation wants your help in naming this new neighborhood gem!

Please submit suggestions for park names in writing by Thursday, March 31, 2016, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Parks Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to paula.hoff@seattle.gov.

A bit of history about this corner:

In the days before Ballard was part of the City of Seattle, NW 58th Street was “Times Street” and 14th Ave NW was “Railroad Avenue”. The Fremont/ Ballard Trolley Line ran up Railroad Avenue, taking passengers to Fremont and Seattle for work and returning them home in the evening. Providing the park with a name that connects to this corners trolley line past would be a wonderful way to preserve a piece of Ballard’s history.

I wish I could take credit for this suggestion, but I can’t. Speaking with a neighbor last week, she suggested, “The Trolley Line Park”. The name is tailor-made for this corner’s historic past.


It’s been quiet again on the 14th Ave NW Park front, but we did get some encouraging updates from the Parks Dept. this week that the Street Improvement Process (SIP) has started moving forward again and submittal for final approval to Seattle Dept. of Transportation should happen in 3-4 weeks. It will most likely be another 4 months after that before SDOT approves the design and allows permitting, which by this phase, should go more smoothly than in the past. At this pace, we’re looking at hopefully breaking ground near the end of this year (fingers crossed). In the meantime, the Parks Dept. feels confident enough that this Park is going to happen, that they’re ready to start taking names…for the Park that is!

What should we name the the Park?
Late last week, the Parks Dept issued a news release providing the opportunity for the public to submit a name for…

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