Update on Gemenskap Park


Thank-you neighbors for your patience as we took a bit of a sabbatical these past few months from posting on the blog. Lots of fun stuff has been happening in the ‘hood, we’ve just been out having too much fun to post!

At long last, we have come out of hibernation to share some great news about Gemenskap Park (formerly the 14th Ave NW Park). We have been in touch with our Parks Manager who has advised that the Street Improvement Permitting (SIP) for Gemenskap Park has been pre-approved by SDOT! Streescape plans have been approved, but the permit has not been issued yet. Permitting will occur once Seattle Parks gets a Contractor under contract and conducts a preconstruction meeting with SDOT. Public works bidding will occur this winter and if all goes well, ground breaking for the park could begin in the Spring of 2017 with completion Fall 2017! We realize this schedule has kept changing over the past few years, however, it was mostly due to SDOT and Parks hashing out the permitting process. Now that this hurdle has been overcome, we’re encouraged that the latest plans will stay on schedule.

If you’re new to this neighborhood and would like to catch up on the 11 year history of this community-inspired park-in-the-making, check out the Gemenskap Park page on our site. If you’d like to get involved with the park or have East Ballard community project ideas, please contact us at eastballard@gmail.com.