Northwest Community Centers Archives – Parkways

Join us at the Fall Festival!

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and the East Ballard Community Association invite the community to celebrate the new Gemenskap Park on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This new community park provides much-needed green space to the East Ballard neighborhood and is located at 14and Avenue NW between NW 59and and 61st streets. The event begins with a parade of Halloween costumes for all ages followed by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The morning will be filled with fun activities, donuts, drinks and more.

Gemenskap (Yuh-MEN-skawp), Swedish for “community”, is a 2-block linear park named after the area’s Swedish history and influence. Former Streetcar Street is a 52-foot-wide park that provides valuable open space, incorporates pedestrian safety upgrades, stormwater management green infrastructure, a multi-use bike path, and neighborhood greenways .

Design firm Mithun worked with the community, SPR and the Seattle Department of Transportation on the design of the park. In January 2018, SPR awarded the construction contract to Jansen, Inc. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Acquisition Fund provided $24 million for the acquisition of neighborhood parks in up to 20 identified areas throughout the city. The Ballard Residential Urban Village was included in this list and the community prioritized this development project over acquiring additional property.

Thank you to the Nordic Museum for their participation and thank you to the sponsors of the Fall Festival, Ballard Market, Mithun, Top Pot and Tripod Coffee.

For more information about the project and the event, please visit and or contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’ or 206-233-7929.

To get involved in the stewardship of the visit to the park or email

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