SDOT Survey: Sidewalks On Your Block

Most of Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood has fully functional sidewalks, but there are blocks where sidewalks are in disrepair, unusable, or have completely disappeared. Trees have done some of the damage, and heavy industrial vehicles have done even more.


The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is working to prioritize the sidewalk repair process so that it is efficient, fair, and proactive.  The survey is short, it only takes about seven minutes to complete, and will provide SDOT with valuable data as they continue their mapping program.

The survey includes an opportunity for neighbors to rank sidewalk repair work and provides a dialogue box where you can share suggestions on areas you believe SDOT should prioritize.  You will also find an explanation of terms used by the department, including:

  • Incomplete sidewalks
  • Sidewalk Uplift, Cracking, Settling
  • Sidewalk Width
  • Obstructions that reduce the sidewalk width, including vegetation
  • Vertical Barriers that prohibit access from one section of a sidewalk to another

From SDOT:

“Existing sidewalk qualities could affect access to mobility for many people. Maintaining a pedestrian clear zone is important to creating a connected, accessible pedestrian network.”

Click here to access the survey and help improve pedestrian access in our neighborhood!

Neighbors Invited To Norse Home For Easter Brunch

Norse Home West WoodlandHeaded for an afternoon at the Woodland Park Zoo? Why not start a new tradition, and stop across the street for a delicious family brunch at Norse Home!

You’re invited to join us on Easter Sunday, April 16th, at 9:30 AM, for our Brunch Buffet.  The event features delicious Swedish pancakes, and traditional breakfast menu items, completed with a Norwegian flair. All funds raised will go directly back towards supporting the Norse Home community.

Come spend your Easter morning with us, and continue to keep the vibrant Scandinavian culture of traditional Ballard alive!

Adults      $15
Seniors    $10
Kids 5-12  $5
Under 5    Free

This event will take place from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Norse Home is located at:

5311 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Call 206-781-7400 to make reservations.

Questions? Feel free to email, call our facility, or send us a Facebook message:

Local School Seeks State Money For Expansion


Is there an expansion coming to Ballard‘s West Woodland Elementary School?

43rd District Senator Jamie Pederson is supporting a $22M capital request for Seattle Public Schools, which includes an “…expansion at West Woodland Elementary School.” See Sen. Pedersen’s legislative update here:

More portables? Adding onto the building? I reached out to Richard Best, Director of Capital Projects and Planning for Seattle Public Schools and here was his response:

“A ten classroom building addition was proposed, plus expansion of the existing gymnasium to serve the larger school population.”

If this passes, there will be a lot of happy kids, teachers, and parents in the neighborhood!



Did you know…?

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

To find which district you belong to please visit,

It’s Time To Spring Clean The Neighborhood


A message from Seattle Public Utilities:

“Dear Neighbors,

Believe it or not, spring is here! And with it comes Spring Clean, a community cleanup program supported by Seattle Public Utilities .

Spring Clean, now in its 31st year, runs from April 1 through May 31. During this time, Seattle residents—neighbors, volunteer groups, community organizations—come together to clean up Seattle’s neighborhoods. Activities include picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to prevent water pollution, painting out graffiti, removing invasive plants, and more. Seattle Public Utilities supports volunteers by providing free tools like garbage bags, gloves, garbage grabbers, safety vests, paint supplies, and waste disposal.

Interested in participating? Gather your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors—there’s no minimum or maximum group size. Register online at or call (206) 684-7647.

Spring Clean is a partnership between Seattle residents and Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Department of Transportation. All Spring Clean projects must be conducted on public property.

Ellen Pepin
Sr. Public Relations Specialist
Seattle Public Utilities”

1st Annual Bernie’s Automotive Running of the Beavers Event a Success

Ballard First Annual Running of the Beavers

About the photo above:  Bucky the Beaver leads the charge of runners on Saturday. Photo by Rowland Studio.  

A community of runners and walkers (and dogs) participated in the 1st annual Bernie’s Automotive Running of the Beavers 5K. The event started at Ballard’s beautiful Golden Gardens Park running along the Shilshole Bay waterfront returning to finish at the Park.  The Ballard High School Band and Cheer squad entertained the participants along with a special appearance by Bucky the Beaver. All proceeds from the event will go to the general fund of the Ballard High School (BHS) Foundation. The BHS Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to support the students, faculty and administration of Ballard High School and enrich the school’s programs and activities.

The first-time event attracted over 300 runners and raised over $20,000 for the Foundation! Sponsors for the event included Virginia Mason and Anchor QEA as the presenting sponsors along with Les Schwab, Covich-Williams, Ballard Oil, Umpqua Bank, Windermere, Limback Lumber, The Lockspot, El Camion, Jody & Derek Clovis, The Goodman Foundation, and the Lee Family.

BHS graduate Alex Bowns won the event and Erica McElrea was the fastest female participant.

The Foundation hopes to build on this initial event and make it a tradition for years to come.


Thank you to Bernie’s Automotive for sponsoring this event! Bernie’s is located at 4420 Leary Way NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

HALA Open House Happening April 27 At Hale’s


Community Open House Hosted By Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Date: THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
Time: 6 – 8PM
Location: Hale’s Ales Brewery, The Palladium, All Ages
Address: 4301 Leary Way NW, Fremont neighborhood

City of Seattle staff will have maps and other information regarding proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing.

Additional information:

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