Let’s Build Community with Ballard District Council

April 2020 update from the BDC board

Now more than ever, community is crucial:

For more than 30 years, Ballard District Council has held monthly meetings on a wide range of civic topics, with the mission of bringing together neighborhood organizations and individuals across the greater Ballard area — Central Ballard, Crown Hill, Sunset Hill, Loyal Heights, Whittier Heights, Olympic Manor, North Beach, Blue Ridge, Salmon Bay, Shilshole, East Ballard and West Woodland. A city-wide network of councils originally came about in the late 1980s via the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, which changed course in 2015; but as Ballardites, we continue our commitment to neighborhood civics, with hopes of nurturing and evolving the concept, in service to our community.

During this uniquely challenging 2020 pandemic — a time when community meetings (the core of our mission) are not allowed — we had to cancel our March and April agendas and we really missed you! We are now actively scoping a potential May “webinar” format for our next meeting(s) until we are once again able to meet in person.

In accordance with the governor’s stay-at-home order, we invite the greater Ballard community to help us grow our email list and Facebook followers.

Sign up for our email list by contacting info@ballarddistrict.org.
– “Like” or “follow” us on Facebook and share with friends
– Let people know about our web site, where we’re working to grow an archive of meeting recaps and videos

Are you a member of a group who has participated in the past? Are you new to the neighborhood and wondering about all the growth and complexities unfolding in front of our eyes? Do you have specific civic passions, or broad curiosity? In this time of “social distancing,” please sync up with BDC online and help other community members find us, as well.

Please share with community members who might be interested in engaging or re-engaging with a group whose mission is to build connections and share information — a healthy antidote to the trends of polarized politics and sparse neighborhood media coverage.

We look forward to rebooting BDC meetings online and then in person as soon as feasible, on the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month (either at Sunset Hill Community Club or the Ballard Library – stay tuned).

Please stay home, stay healthy, and look for ways to support one another. Hope to see you before too long.

Best wishes to all,
Ballard District Council Board of Directors

Brent Lackey, President (president@ballarddistrict.org)
Angie Gerrald, Vice President (vicepresident@ballarddistrict.org)
Jody Grage
Don Benson
John Mitchell
Tom Friedman

Recent BDC meetings and events have encompassed:

– Panel presentation on the re-opening of Webster School as a Seattle Public School K-8 program
– The first-in-the-city public presentation by the newly re-launching Seattle Police Community Service Officer program
– A detailed overview of the Interbay Armory project, by Rep. Gael Tarleton
– Panel presentation on the Crown Hill Urban Village upzone
– BNSF slide show re: the replacement of the Salmon Bay train bridge
– Visits from local elected leaders, including Senator Reuven Carlyle, King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and City Councilmember Dan Strauss
– City and County Council candidate forums
And much more!