Ballard District Council June Meeting

Date(s) - 06/14/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Merrill Gardens


The Ballard District Council’s June meeting takes a look at the Burke Gilman Trail missing link section between 24th Ave NW and the Ballard Locks. Years of extensive negotiations have now resulted in a defined alignment which creates a unique opportunity along Market Street. It is unusual to have a multi-use trail brought forward from the typical back alley route of rail to trail installations. At our meeting a guest panel format will focus on how the Ballard Community can effectively leverage this investment to create a promenade corridor connecting the much visited Locks and the new Nordic Heritage Museum with the core of downtown Ballard.

A few of the June 14 panelists:

· Seattle Department of Transportation

· Nordic Heritage Museum

· Mithun Architects (Nordic Heritage Museum)

· Public space design expertise

· Additional panelists are sorting out schedules and may also be able to join us.

Although at first glance the major efforts and compromises by trail advocates and industrial interests that moved the trail to a Market Street frontage may be counter-intuitive, it does offer synergistic opportunities. Presentations will indicate preliminary cross sections and dimensions but it is not our intention to micromanage these many detailed design decisions or to revisit routes. Our goal is to help our community understand and encourage the implementation of much more than just a bicycle trail. As we welcome the Nordic Heritage Museum we should maximize the advantages of increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic along that corridor. It is a significant investment, let’s make the most of it!