As part of its RainWise program, Seattle Public Utilities installed two 200-gallon cisterns and a rain garden on the front lawn of the Sunset Hill Community Association.
"We thought it was important to do our part to keep storm water out of our sewer system," association president Robert Drucker said.
He said the association is diverting about half the runoff from its large roof into the cisterns and rain garden. The association is saving the water in the cisterns for landscape irrigation in the summer.
"In a couple of years, the rain garden won't need much maintenance at all," Drucker said.
Through the RainWise program, Seattle Public Utilities is hoping to reduce the amount of storm water that makes its way into the city's sewers, lessening the amount dumped into Puget Sound. Seattle Public Utilities is offering homeowners a rebate for building green infrastructure, such as rain gardens and cisterns, on their own property.
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Salmon Bay Eagles Razzle & Dazzle Circus
5216 20th Ave. N.W.
Nov. 13 & 14, doors open at 5 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
This is a vaudeville style show with a circus theme. There will be carnival snacks, cocktails, vending goods and a silent auction. It consists of an all lady cast, singing, dancing and lots of fun. Advance tickets $15/at the door $20. The show proceeds go to the Pasado Safe Haven Animal Shelter.
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Public Hearings
Ballard High School
1418 N.W. 65th St.
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m.
At Sustainable Ballard's July meeting, attendees shared their ideas for the little things Ballard residents can do to work toward a carbon-neutral Seattle.
Line Drying Laundry
According to the California Energy Commission, the average American household does 400 loads of laundry per year. And according to Wikipedia, the average clothes dryer produces 4.4 pounds of CO2 per load. This means line drying could cut carbon emissions by as much as 1,760 pounds per year.
Steam wrinkles out of button-down shirts by throwing them in the dryer for just five minutes then hang them up on the clothesline. This not only saves energy but eliminates the need for ironing once clothes are dry.
Pedestrian crossing improvements at the intersection of Leary Avenue Northwest and 20th Avenue Northwest are the number-one priority for Ballard's share – approximately $90,000 – of the 2010 Neighborhood Projects Fund.
The Ballard District Council voted July 14 on its top four projects to be paid for through the $1.25 million fund, with that intersection topping the list. Rounding out the top four were pedestrian safety improvements at 14th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 59th Street and traffic circles at Northwest 67th Street and 18th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 83rd Street and 26th Avenue Northwest.
Every year, Seattle's 13 district councils are asked to review neighborhood proposals for improvements to parks or transportation through the Neighborhood Projects Fund.
A four-member Ballard District Council committee selected two new proposals and three proposals from the approximately 40 projects not funded last year to submit to the Seattle Department of Transportation for pricing and consideration.
The Ballard Rotary Club presented its second annual Dave Maloney Teacher of the Year Award to Ballard High School’s Tami Reese.
As a P.E. teacher, Reese has led the district in the implementation of the new health and P.E. curriculum and classroom-based assessments, according to the Ballard Rotary. She is a department chair, an active member of the Instructional Council, a member of the Equity and Learning Team and the varsity volleyball coach.
Reese is well-respected by students, colleagues and administration as a dedicated educator who is also a Ballard High School alumnus, according to the Ballard Rotary.
“[Reese is] an incredible educator," Ballard High School Principal Phil Brockman said in a Ballard Rotary press release. "She has the commitment, drive and energy that makes all of us better educators. Reese leads by example, relates very well to her students and is highly respected by the entire Ballard High School community.”
The Delridge Night Market event on Saturday, July 10 from 4 pm to 8 pm will introduce the Clean Greens weekly produce market and the Delridge Fresh Food Spot to the community.
Set to happen at the Super 24 Food Store at 5455 Delridge Way Way S.W. (intersection of Delridge Way and Findlay street) it will feature performances, food and community.
The Clean Greens market will operate on Fridays 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am to 6pm.
On Saturdays, the Delridge Fresh Food Spot Team comprised of Delridge Neighborhood Development staff and volunteers will be at the Super 24 from 10am-2pm to provide food samples of Clean Greens produce and share information on healthy food options, plus simple activities for the kids.
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Tiffany Silver-Brace is the motivating force behind a brand new market in West Seattle, The Highland Park Sunday Market.
The first vendors will offer fresh eggs (laid by Highland Park hens), fresh sourdough bread and sourdough starter, fresh herbs, handmade clothing, jewelry, pillows, napkins, t-shirts, onesies, photographic prints and note cards, hand-etched pint glasses, paintings, hand-dyed yarn and roving, and cat toys.
Silver-Brace said, "I am waiting to hear from some local farmers that are very interested, as well as a couple of local charities selling plants and starts to raise funds for their causes."
Future vendors will offer soaps and oils, pickles, kettle corn, fresh dips and spreads and hand-blown glass.
In the spirit of keeping things local all of the vendors are West Seattle residents.
The solar-generating park that could one day stand at the site of the former Sunset Hill substation will include 189 solar panels generating enough electricity for 3.2 homes per year as well as a garden, fountain, community plaza, play area and more.
Two months after the last community meeting, CAST Architecture released the final design for the potential park at 32nd Avenue Northwest and Northwest 65th Street behind Ristorante Picolinos.
The new design features some significant changes from previous iterations, most notably in the solar panel array.
The new array will generate 35,000 kilowatt hours per year, a 17 percent increase over any of the previous designs. The array is now independent of the park's landscape to open up views into and out of the park and prevent the panels from being shaded by neighboring apartment buildings.
A landscaped wedge in the northeast corner of the site will slope up in that direction. There will be a shade garden and green roof on the wedge with stairs leading to an observation platform.
The election for members to the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 17 at Lagerquest & Morris, located at 5135 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Absentee voting is available through June 17 at noon at the Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, located at 5604 22nd Ave. N.W. Ballots are available there.
To vote in the election, either by absentee ballot or in person, you must be registered to vote in the district election.
Two seats on the seven-member Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board are currently up for election. Both open positions are two-year terms ending June 30, 2012.
There are two candidates for Position #1, which is reserved for district property owners:
- Richard Hiner, Hiner Architects, 5337 Ballard Ave. N.W.
- Robert Whaley, New York Fashion Academy, 5201 Ballard Ave. N.W.
There is one candidate for Position #2, which is reserved for district property owners or businesspersons:
- James Riggle, 5301 Leary Ave. N.W. (Olympic Athletic Club)
After a large public outcry, the Ballard Community Center and the Loyal Heights Community Center, as well as the rest of the city's community centers, will remain open, at least for the rest of 2010.
"We heard very clearly, as you all did, that Parks' services are highly valued by community members," Beth Goldberg, acting director of the City Budget Office, said during a June 14 Seattle City Council briefing on the mid-year budget.
The closures would have gone into effect around July 1.
Seattle is facing an $11.7 million midyear shortfall in the General Fund, and in late April, outgoing Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tim Gallagher told KING-5 TV that either the Ballard Community Center or the Loyal Heights Community Center would likely be closed due to their proximity.
The announcement prompted Ballard resident Mindy Terence to form the group Save Ballard's Community Centers and start a petition and postcard campaign to keep both community centers open.