by Elisabeth James, Speak Out Seattle, guest writer
If you have passed through Ballard Commons Park lately, you have likely noticed that the north median of the park has numerous tents and tarp enclosures, with shopping carts, bikes and other items spilling out across the sidewalk.
Over the past few years, this park has become a magnet for unauthorized camping and people living in vehicles on three sides of the park, which takes up many usable public parking spaces in a high-density, high-traffic area of downtown Ballard. (read more at Speak Out Seattle)
Thing you can do:
If you see something, say something. Use the City of Seattle’s Find It Fix It App.
Come to the Ballard District Council meeting December 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Merrill Gardens, 2418 NW 56th St.
The Ballard Alliance is interested in developing a children’s play area to help activate Ballard Commons. The term “activation” is used because the theory is that when a wide variety of people use the park, problem uses are diminished.
The Ballard Alliance asks you to take this brief online survey.
Learn more at: www.visitballard.com/playground.