Community Small Business Workshop

November 23, 2015 by Katie McVicker

small-business-opportunity-08Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a Community Business Workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from and 12 – 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center and on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. at Miller Community Center to give startups and small business owners the opportunity learn about the City’s permit and RFP process and to meet City staff and other business owners.

At the workshop, participants will learn:

  • About Seattle Parks and Recreation’s summer seasonal Request for Proposal opportunities and process
  • How to complete a seasonal Food, Activity and Fitness Request for Proposal
  • The difference between Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation permits
  • What a leasehold tax is and who needs to pay it
  • What type of insurance is required for fitness and food vendors
  • About the City’s background check requirements and why they’re requested
  • Where to obtain a City of Seattle food permit

If you have specific questions about the workshop, email them directly to Antoinette Daniel at


Jefferson Community Center – 3801 Beacon Ave S Seattle, WA 98108

Miller Community Center – 330 19th Ave E Seattle, WA 98112

For more information visit:


Bringing In Ballard – A Night of Community

In the effort to bring together the community of Ballard, with all the old and all of the new, and foster more connected neighbors, Bringing In Ballard presents Bringing In Community!

This event will be held on Friday, November 20th from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Cheryl Chow Gathering Space (2014 NW 57th – across from Greenfire and the Ballard Library). This event will be free and open to the Ballard public but we ask that you bring a plate of home baked cookies to share with neighbors, and we will be accepting packaged goods donations for Ballard Food Bank.

There will be great live music by Half Rushmore, an art project and food, along with neighbors from community organizations who will share some inspiring historical information of their organization as well as what they are offering the community today.

Come out for the fun to our Friday night social and celebrate the value in gathering and growing as neighbors in Ballard.

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Time:  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location:  Cheryl Chow Gathering Space, 2014 NW 57th Street
Event Information:

brining in ballard

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund Award from the City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods.

King County WA Sheriff’s Office – Offender Notification, 09/30/2015

Message received today, 09/30/2015 from the King County Sheriff’s Office.  Additional information about this offender is available at:


This is an update and does not necessarily represent all of the offenders in your area at this time.

Known offender(s) live in your neighborhood. This information is made available for the purpose of protecting the public.

Offender Information:

822749 DONALD FRANK PRICE 5100 block of PALATINE AVE N SEATTLE WA 98103 View Record

What should you do?

This notification will assist you and your family in avoiding situations that may make you vulnerable. Please remember that these people have served their sentences and are not wanted by the Sheriff’s office at this time. Citizen abuse of this information such as threats, intimidation, or harassment of these offenders is prohibited by law.

Children are particularly vulnerable to offenders. Open communications between parents and children are vital to family safety. If a picture is available from your government Web site, show it to your family. In general terms, tell your children that this person has hurt someone before. Explain to them they should stay away from this individual. Avoid scary details. The purpose behind community notification is to reduce the chance of future victimization by better informing the public. Nearly 80% of all sex crimes are committed by someone known to the victim.


Q. Is it just a matter of time before the offender commits another crime?
A. While there is no way that anyone can accurately predict the future behavior of another person, past behaviors are an indication of whether an individual, or group, poses a higher risk to the public. For example, if a driver has speeding tickets, they pose a greater risk to be in a traffic accident than drivers who do not; thus, they pay more for their insurance because they are more likely to get into an accident than non-speeders. Not all speeders get into accidents. In fact, most will not have an accident; it’s just that they are statistically more likely to have an accident than are other drivers. Similarly, not all offenders will commit another crime; however, knowledge of a potential risk should assist you and your family in avoiding situations that allow for easy access to victims.

Q. There is an offender in our area that I believe is coming in contact with children. What should I do?
A. First of all, do not confront the individual. Contact us and inform us of your suspicion. We will inquire whether or not contact with children is being made.

Q. What do I tell my children about this offender?
A. DON’T accept a ride from this person, DON’T go into their home or yard. TELL your parents if this person offers you toys, money or gifts.

Other safety tips to discuss with your children:

  • There are certain kinds of strangers that can assist you when you need help – others with children, other children, police in uniform or store clerks in the mall.
  • Teach your children to dial 911 and to use a pay phone without money.
  • Teach your children to trust their feelings and say NO and run away from a situation that doesn’t feel right.

You will be emailed again if any new offenders move within the indicated radius of your registered address. If you find this service valuable please tell your friends and neighbors to sign up. You can forward them a copy of this email if you wish.

Road Closure – NW 56th at 3rd Ave NW

The following message was received 09/25/2015 from SDOT:

Dear Neighbor,

In August, SDOT crews completed construction of pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th St. Crews will be returning to the intersection on Monday, September 28, to complete drainage improvements on the east side of NW 56th St at 3rd Ave NW. Crews will work from 7 AM – 5 PM on weekdays and will be in the area for approximately one week.

Starting on Monday, September 28, crews will fully close the east side of the intersection of NW 56th St at 3rd Ave NW. Local access will be maintained at all times. This closure will be in place during work hours, weekdays only, and will last approximately one week. Please follow detour signage.

If you have any remaining questions or concerns about this work, please contact the project team at or 206-733-9361.


Kate Cole
Outreach Team
Neighborhood Street Fund

Complete – 3rd Ave NW Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project

August 7, 2015 by

The West Woodland Neighborhood pedestrian safety improvement project is now complete.  After seven weeks of construction, pedestrian safety improvements around the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place, near West Woodland Elementary School in Ballard, are now finished.


The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) appreciates the community’s patience throughout this project. These improvements will make it safer for people who walk, bike and drive:

  • New four-way stop at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street, to slow all traffic
  • New curb extensions (or “bulbs”), to shorten pedestrian crossings
  • New curb ramps, which comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, to improve accessibility
  • New signs, to alert drivers to watch out for pedestrians

After: Schoolchildren and their parents will appreciate safer crossings in the fall

Half of the West Woodland Pedestrian Safety Improvements Project was funded through SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Program, which is financed by the Bridging the Gap program approved by Seattle voters in 2006. The other half of this project’s funding has come from the Safe Routes to Schools program.

7th Annual Edible Garden Tour – June 27th

Grow, don’t mow!  This tour includes more than a dozen gardens to explore within the West Woodland Neighborhood and the entry fee supports Sustainable Ballard’s community projects throughout the year.  West Woodland Elementary itself has a new edible garden and will have gardening and art activities on the day of the tour.

ediblegardentour2014 -1

Start Point:  West Woodland Elementary School, 5601 4th Ave NW
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
$10 per person (kids are free).  Buy your ticket/map at the start point on the day of the tour.

Now in it’s 7th year, the Edible Garden Tour has been an inspiration to hundreds of gardeners every June. This fun walking / biking tour highlights creative uses of parking strips, containers, raised beds, bee houses, chicken coops, goats, fruit trees, berries, herbs and veggies galore!

This year, in addition to inspiring gardens, goats & chickens, we will include artists’ displays in the gardens!

For more information visit:

SNAP Training Opportunities


MAY 9 – Prepare for a Dark & Stormy Night in Seattle …

WHAT: The Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs are hosting their annual spring training and will set up so neighbors and volunteers can learn what goes on at a hub, what happens when it gets dark, and how to manage information when other volunteers come to help. Join in on the fun! Everyone is welcome. For more info, go to:

WHEN:  Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 5 to 10 p.m.

LOC:    City-wide, for more info, go to:

The new Seattle Emergency NeighborLink Map is up and running …

Thanks to those who helped “make a mark” on preparedness” during the first-ever Seattle Hub-a-thon! More than 60 groups and individuals can now contact each other directly on the Seattle Emergency NeighborLink map:  (scroll down on Home Page until you see the map.)

It’s never too late to become part of this effort – if you haven’t already, please fill in and submit the online form for your Hub, SNAP or Block Watch group. CERT members are also encouraged to join the map. The Seattle Emergency NeighborLink map will continue to be a community resource for those who have organized around safety and disaster.

Coming next month:

JUNE 6 – Earthquake Home Retrofit

Class is free, pre-registration required.

Free, introductory class provides information for do-it-yourselfers or those who want to become educated consumers on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation. Experienced instructors share their insight on tools needed, building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process.

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

LOC:     Ballard Branch Library at 5614 22nd Ave NW

HOW:   Pre-register at: or call 206-233-5076.

Ballard Urban Design & Transportation Open House

Open House – May 7

Where in Ballard should future high capacity transit stations be located?  Join us to share your priorities for transportation and preferred station locations for future high capacity transit in Ballard. Review land use and urban design recommendations.

What: A City and Community partnership to create a vision that will guide new development and transportation investments in Ballard.
Where: Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St.)
When: May 7, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Unable to Attend?
Complete our survey at Move Ballard to share your transportation priorities and comments.

To Learn More
Visit or

David Goldberg (DPD) or Chris Yake (SDOT) for any questions about this project or event.


Yee Haw! It’s time for the West Woodland Bike Rodeo!

This year the West Woodland Bike Rodeo is happening on Sunday, May 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  ALL CHILDREN from the West Woodland Neighborhood are welcome to attend.


Come join the fun to kick-off to bike to school month.  There are plenty of new and exciting things happening this year including:

  • Bike Works will be on hand to collect bikes for under-served youth.  Give an old bike new life and support community programming at Bike Works!  Bike Works accepts all types of bikes, bike parts and bike accessories. BMX and kids bikes in good condition are in high need.   Please consider bringing any unused bikes to the rodeo to donate to Bike Works in exchange for a tax write-off for 2015 and a good feeling in your heart!
  • Jennie Reed – Olympic Silver Medalist Cyclist and World Champion.  Jennie will be on hand to discuss what it takes to be an Olympic athlete and talk about cycling on the velodrome and her foundation aimed at getting more kids on bikes.
  • Bike raffle – We are raffling off a brand new Trek 24” geared mountain bike with front shock from Gregg’s Cycles for one lucky winner valued at $380.  Raffle tickets are $5.00; winner must be present to win! Drawing will be held at 3:00 pm
  • A mountain bike obstacle course

There will also be:

  • Bike checks provided by Bike Sport
  • Helmet fit check
  • Bike skills stations with prizes
  • Deeply discounted helmet sales
  • Healthy snacks and beverages

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help us make the bike rodeo a success.  We need help with set-up, registration, running stations and clean-up.  We are also in need of 10 x 10 pop-up tents if you have one please sign up to bring it or let us know.

To volunteer, please visit:

The Bike Rodeo provides a fun way to learn about safe cycling, get your helmet fitted and your bike checked, meet a famous cyclist and win cool stuff! Come on down Sunday, May 3 from 1 – 4 PM on the playground, and join us!!  Coordinated by Julie Gregg ( & Jane Matera (

Come ready to roll rain or shine!

Thank you to our sponsors: Bike Sport, Nuun, Bike Works, Gregg’s and Ballard Mark

West Woodland Neighborhood Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Construction Updates for 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th Street/ Place

Construction of the pedestrian improvements at NW 55th Place and 3rd Avenue NW will begin soon. The work will take approximately 6 weeks to complete, weather dependent. We will update the site with more details and a schedule once they are finalized.

What to expect during construction

  • Short-term parking and lane restrictions on NW 56th Street, NW 56th Place and 3rd Avenue NW
  • Temporary pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas
  • Noise, dust and vibration
  • Typical weekday work hours, 7 AM to 4 PM

Click here to sign up for project email updates.


If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the construction outreach lead, Rachel McCaffrey at or 206-615-0925.

Project Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to construct pedestrian safety improvements near 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place. These improvements will be completed as part of our Neighborhood Street Fund program and improve pedestrian mobility and safety.

Project elements include:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb bulbs on the west and east sides of NW 56th Street and 3rd Avenue NW to shorten the length of the pedestrian crossing
  • Replacing the school zone flashing beacons on 3rd Avenue NW to improve their reliability
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

Project Benefits

The goal of these safety improvements is to allow multiple travel modes to function in the area and create safer crossings to the nearby West Woodland Elementary School. The work will include:

  • ADA-compliant curb ramps, for smoother and better access
  • Curb bulbs to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for pedestrians and bike riders
  • Adding signage to reduce vehicle speeds and notify drivers of pedestrian crossings

Project Materials


The work is one of the 12 projects selected by the Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee to be completed as part of the Neighborhood Street Fund program, which is funded by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy, passed by voters in November 2006 and scheduled to end in 2015. In addition to 50% BTG funding, the other 50% funding for the project is from Safe Routes to School, a program that utilizes engineering and education to encourage students to walk and bike to school.


The project reached final design in 2014. Construction is anticipated to begin as soon as mid-April. The project team will continue to keep the community informed as construction details become available.

More information

If you have questions about this project or would like to be added to the mailing list, contact the project team at or 206-615-0925.