The dedication of Baker Park in 1997 culminated years of work by community members to transform the park, acquired with Open Space Bond Program "opportunity fund" dollars, into a little gem of a park in an underserved part of the city. The park complements the curriculum of neighborhood daycare and after-school programs.
Baker Park has a small play area with wood chips, a pedestrian path that meanders through it, and Totem Pole made from a monkey puzzle tree.
The Ballard Avenue Landmark District was created by the Seattle City Council in 1976. Buildings throughout the District embody the distinctive characteristics of modest commercial architecture from the 1890s through the 1940s, creating a sense that the street is almost suspended in time. Visitors to this unique neighborhood will find boutiques, artists studios, and galleries side by side with manufacturers of fishing equipment and even a television studio.
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Ballard Commons Park opened to the public in 2005 and features a skate bowl, water feature, engaging public art, relaxing seating areas and lawns and ADA accessible walkways. The park forms part of a new municipal center in Ballard, with a Seattle Public Library branch and Neighborhood Service Center located across the street in an award-winning building that also opened in 2005.
The Ballard Community Center offers before and after-school activities, teen programs, sports teams and dance study, a toddler playroom, pottery and exercise classes, senior programs and topical workshops. The gymnasium, kitchen and several meeting rooms are available for rent.
The thriving Sunday Ballard Farmers Market goes all year round, with a surprising variety of local foods, such as fresh wild fish, orchard fruits, fresh picked seasonal greens and vegetables that are still available throughout the year, complimented by the cheeses, mushrooms and foraged edible delicacies, gourmet shellfish, honeys, breads and more.
The Ballard Historical Society was formed in 1988 with encouragement from the Ballard Centennial Committee in celebration of the Washington State Centennial in 1989. The Society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers committed to the research, preservation and public awareness of Ballard history.
From Golden Gardens Park in Ballard to the northern shores of Lake Washington and beyond, walkers, joggers, skaters and bicyclists travel on a series of trail sections maintained by both the city's parks and transportation departments.
In Ballard, the trial begins at Golden Gardens Park, follow street traffic along Salmon Bay, linking up with a separate paved trail near the Fred Meyer store on Northwest 45th Street and continuing to Fremont and beyond.
Located in Ballard on Puget Sound, this popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
A recent project restored two wetlands, established a short loop trail, and restored the northern beach. Golden Gardens offers strolls along a rugged coastline, hikes through forest trails, sunbathing on sandy beaches, fishing from a pier and a boat launch.
The park is also home to an off-leash area for dogs in the upper northern portion of the park. read more »
The Locks provides a link for boats between the saltwater of the Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal connecting to Lake Union and Lake Washington.
Both tourists and locals enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through. Pass a sunny day watching boats of all shapes and sizes come into the locks, and the water level is adjusted to allow their safe passage to the lake or sound.
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The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to our members.
In addition to its popular playfields, this center offers many recreational, educational and childcare opportunities. Programs include weight training, preschool classes and co-ops, toddlers’ playgroups, before and after-school activities, senior activities, youth sports and dance classes. They have recently added facilities available for rental.
Originating in the summer of 2004 as the Arts Ballard Festival Choir, we performed at the Shev Shoon Arts Center for the September Ballard Art Walk event, "art'fisk 2004." We so enjoyed singing for the community that we decided to continue and began rehearsing and performing under our new name, The Market Street Singers, in October 2004. We made our debut in November at Homeward Bound, a fundraiser for the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which helps homeless people to learn to provide for themselves.
Marvin's Garden is a quiet oasis across the street from Bergen Place Park in Ballard. Its five benches on a stone-embedded concrete patio are surrounded by cedar trees, shrubbery, and flowers in planters. It is also the site of the red brick Ballard Centennial Bell Tower, created to hold the old Ballard City Hall bell at the site where the City Hall stood, and to mark the Ballard Avenue Historic District. Note the inlaid compass in the floor of the bell tower.
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Internationally recognized, the Nordic Heritage Museum shares Nordic culture with people of all ages and backgrounds by exhibiting art and objects, preserving collections, providing educational and cultural experiences, and serving as a community gathering place.