Obec Brewing Grand Opening Happening Friday, August 25

OBEC Brewing Ballard West Woodland

Ballard’s newest brewery set to open this Friday, August 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  

Obec Brewing and taproom, The Consulate, will open to the public for the first time this Friday afternoon. Neighbors can expect a selection of beers from Obec’s initial 12 tap line up and a first look at the new brewery and taproom.

Welcome to Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood, Obec!


West Woodland Real Estate: 1913 vs. 2017

It’ll cost you a pretty penny to get into Ballard’s once blue collar neighborhoods.

The Seattle Times shared a post today highlighting the increased cost of homes in Seattle neighborhoods.  Data shows that $1,000,000 residences are becoming the norm.  So how did Ballard fare?  The share of million dollar homes is 10.6% in 2017.

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Flash Back To 1913

How times have changed. While scrolling through The Seattle Times archives, I came across several advertisements announcing homes for sale in the West Woodland District. “For $26 a month” one proclaimed, and another, “Just $100 down”.  Any of the homes shown below look familiar?  Let us know if you live in one!

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Advertisement from The Seattle Times archives, dated September 1913.

I was able to located an advertisement for the home at 6508 4th Ave NW.  For $2,700 you could have purchased this “five room, modern cottage” in October 1913.  Redfin estimates this home is currently worth $529,170 (as of August 18, 2017).

I wish I had a bag of cash and a time machine.

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6508 4th Ave NW

6508 4th Ave NW



West Woodland Church Invites Neighbors to Kids Fair & BBQ

Calvary Ballard‘s annual kid’s fair & community BBQ is August 5th. FREE! Family Friendly! All are invited!  Event Details: https://goo.gl/ZKT6SG

Calvary Ballard is located at 410 NW 62nd Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

This story was originally published July 4, 2017 on Facebook.

Calvary Ballard West Woodland

Electronic Recycling Event At Lucky Envelope Brewing

Living Green Technology will be accepting electronics recycling at Lucky Envelope Brewing on Saturday, July 15, from 2:30pm – 5:30pm.

Accepted items will include: mobile phones, laptops, phones, computers, monitors, networking equpment, servers, telecom systems, & enterprise technology.

Items not accepted include: large kitchen appliances, washing machines and dryers.

Recycled electronics will give you a discount of $1 off a full pour or $2 off a 64oz growler fill!

Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/475879722750524

Lucky Envelope Brewing is located at 907 NW 50th Street in Ballard‘s West Woodland neighborhood.

This story was originally posted July 3, 2017 on Facebook.  

Lucky Envelope Ballard West Woodland

North Precinct Picnic Happening July 8

Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct Picnic is happening Saturday, July 8, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, at 10049 College Way North.  Expect live music, hot dogs, ice cream, a bouncy house, and MORE!

More Information: http://www.seattlepolicefoundation.org/events/precinct-picnics

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Gilman Playground Wading Pool Reopens

Happening Today!  Seattle Parks and Recreation is reopening the Gilman Playground Wading Pool at 12:00 pm on June 30, 2017.  The wading pool has been closed for many years to the chagrin of kids & parents alike.  The reopening follows a complete renovation of the Gilman Playground climbing structures, slides, and swings completed in December 2016.

Wading Pool Schedule:
Open 12pm – 7pm on Friday and Saturday from 6/30 – 8/19.

Gilman Playground is located at 923 NW 54th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

Full list of spray parks & wading pools available here: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/spray-parks-and-wading-pools#undefined

Gilman Park - wading pool - 1950

Photo of Gilman Playground dated 1950 courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives.

Ballard Locks Commemoration Ceremony Includes Navy Jet Flyover

It’s going to get noisy in the neighborhood on July 4th, and not just because of fireworks. At 10:00 am two Navy jets will flyover Ballard as part of the ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the official opening of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

From NAS Whidbey Public Affairs:

NAVY growler - Ballard - West Woodland“Two U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers from Electronic Attack Squadron 138, the Yellow Jackets, from Naval Air Station Whidbey, are scheduled to fly over the Locks at 10:04 a.m., as part of the ceremony. During the July 4, 1917 ceremony, one of the earliest Boeing airplanes, a biplane, circled overhead.”

In short… it’s going to get LOUD neighbors!

Learn more about the Ballard Locks Centennial Commemoration:  http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Locks100/