No March or April BDC Meetings Due to Coronavirus

Due to Public Health recommendations, we have canceled our March 11 and April 8 meetings. If it is advisable based on public health guidelines, we hope to resume with our May 13 meeting (with an agenda/speakers focused on Seattle Greenways and SDOT’s Safe Routes to School).

We have a great slate of speakers/topics queued up for the community. Please check back! Stay healthy. We look forward to seeing you soon.

SPU’s Ship Canal Water Quality Project – Our March Meeting Focus

Seattle Public Utilities’ $600-million, largest-ever capital facility is underway: the Ship Canal Water Quality Project. A key hub of activity is on Ballard’s Salmon Bay waterfront — at the base of 24th Avenue NW.

Join us at the Ballard District Council March 11 meeting for a timely update on this stormwater and sewage infrastructure effort that stretches from Ballard to Wallingford.

Learn the answers to these questions and more:

  • What will the 65-foot tall pump station tower and tunnel shaft design look like?
  • What will happen with the Yankee Diner building?
  • Who is artist Christian French and what has he envisioned for the site?
  • What pedestrian and street improvements are planned?
  • When will the 24th Ave Pier open?

See the event page for more detailed information and please help spread the word to others in the community!

February Meeting Recap: Licton Springs K-8 at Webster School

Thank you to the presenters and the great turnout of community members who participated in our February 12 meeting about the Fall 2020 re-opening of Webster School (3015 NW 68th St), former site of the Nordic Museum.

Speakers included Eden Mack, Seattle School Board Member; Brian Fabella, Seattle Schools Project Manager; Brian Ho, TCF Architecture; and Emily Butler Ginolfi, Licton Springs K-8 Principal.

My Ballard sent a reporter and published a very helpful synopsis:

The school principal and the parent teacher organization (PTO) leader emphasized that neighborhood volunteers are welcome to check back in the fall for opportunities to help on campus. (Standard volunteer application information is available via the Seattle School District.)

Additional information on neighborhood traffic and pedestrian safety adjustments will be forthcoming as the school district works with SDOT this spring and summer to prepare for the fall opening.

Additional background links:

Images from the 2-12-20 Ballard District Council meeting at Sunset Hill Community Club









The Re-Opening of Webster School!

BDC’s February 12 meeting will feature a presentation on the autumn re-opening of Webster School, at NW 67th St and 30th Ave NW.

Licton Springs K-8 School will be moving from its shared space at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School (N 90th Street and Stone Ave N) to this revitalized and expanded Sunset Hill location, formerly occupied by the Nordic Museum. Licton Springs is an option school that focuses on Native American culture and history.

We’ll be joined by the project manager, project architect, school principal, and Seattle School Board member Eden Mack. See agenda below.

Please help spread the word to other community members. Join us for an informative evening about this exciting change in the Sunset Hill neighborhood.

See the event announcement for a detailed agenda and additional links.

Contact Info for New D6 Councilmember Dan Strauss

Here is contact information and updates from new District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss:  

Dan Strauss’s In-District Office

Councilmember Strauss has an  in-district office, at the Ballard Customer Service Center, located next door to Ballard Library. In his first email to constituents he stated:

We will hold hours both during and outside of normal business hours, with availability on some (not all) weekends. This is in addition to us being present throughout the district at community meetings, coffee hours, and at your house. Please use this form to schedule a community or constituent meeting.  

Happy New Year from Ballard District Council

In keeping with our mission of providing a forum for community engagement, discussions and information sharing, this past year we’ve hosted three well-attended candidate forums and offered a wide range of meeting topics.

2019 meetings have included:

  • city council and county council candidate forums
  • the Crown Hill Upzone
  • the Interbay Armory project (with Rep. Gael Tarleton)
  • Seattle Police Community Service Officer (CSO) program
  • Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC)
  • a meeting focused on elder care
  • a visit from the Department of Neighborhoods
  • as well as updates from the new Kaiser Permanent Clinic, Ballard Senior Center, the Ballard P Patch, and Our Redeemers Safe Parking Program

To access archived videos and meeting agendas, click here.

For 2020, we’ll start the year with:

We have many more topics in mind for other upcoming meetings, but we would love to hear suggestions from the Ballard community — what civic topics are important to you? Please let us know via email or Facebook messenger.

Also, please help spread the word that Ballard District Council is a great place to come together — sharing and learning as a neighborhood civic community. All are welcome.

We hope to increase and diversify attendance, during this era of tremendous growth and change, and we rely on active community members to make it happen.

Thank you and happy new year from BDC!

Video of Seattle Community Service Officer (CSO) Presentation 12/11/19

At our December 2019 meeting, the new Seattle Police Department Community Service Officer (CSO) program gave their first-ever public presentation and answered questions from the community. Video is available.

Sergeant Kevin Nelson was joined by CSO supervisor Christopher Inaba and newly hired members of the CSO team. Seattle Community Service Officers are unarmed, noncommissioned officers who will help respond to noncriminal police calls and help connect people with social services. The program operated in Seattle for 33 years until it was cut from the budget in 2004. The CSO uniform and vehicle style (still to be unveiled) will be clearly distinguishable from traditional police officers. CSOs will begin working in communities beginning in early 2020.

The CSO employees who spoke at the meeting represented an impressive range of experiences and backgrounds, including Downtown Seattle Association ambassador program supervisor; union worker; parking enforcement officer from the RV remediation team; Mary’s Place youth outreach; security officer for Swedish Medical Center and Seattle Public Library as well as football/basketball/baseball coach; and a criminal justice graduate with lengthy experience working for community court program, Department of Corrections, and municipal court probation (with a focus on connecting people to community college programs). All expressed a strong commitment to serving community and collaborating to further define the CSO program.

By March 2020, the CSO program is planned to include three teams of 5 officers and 1 supervisor each. It has funding to expand as the year unfolds. They welcome inquiries from other community groups around the city.

Here is a flyer that was handed out at the meeting:

Video of Incoming Councilmember Dan Strauss at BDC 12/11/19

At our final meeting of 2019, incoming District 6 city council member Dan Strauss joined us for an informal post-election visit, one of his first public appearances since the campaign ended. Video is available.

Dan mentioned that he has his staff picked out (confirmed that some live in District 6) and is close to signing a lease on a district office, all soon to be officially announced. He will be sworn into office in January 2020.

Questions from the audience included how to support businesses impacted by current and upcoming construction on Market Street, legislative impacts on small landlords, his position on the north precinct, his approach to working with other council members, council committee assignments (no announcements yet), whether he will partner with other north end council members on public safety issues, and requests for mitigation of property crime and chop shops.

Community Service Officers (and Dan Strauss) at our December 11 Meeting

We have a wonderful agenda for our final meeting of 2019, anchored by a presentation from the new Seattle Police Community Service Officer (CSO) program and featuring a visit from incoming District 6 councilmember Dan Strauss.

Note that we’ll have holiday cookies to share (feel free to bring a few more, if you’re inspired), we’ll be voting on 2020 BDC board members, and we are asking for donations of men’s and women’s pants, socks, and underwear in support of Bridge Care Center.

Visit the Event page for more information — help spread the word to other community members and please join us on Wednesday, December 11, at 7pm at Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th St).

December Public Meetings in Ballard

Don’t miss out on opportunities this month to get updates and ask questions about large-scale local infrastructure projects: