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14 October 2014


Point 2: Ballard Avenue NW at NW Market Street
Ballard Avenue NW is now protected as a local and national historic district, which was dedicated on April 11, 1976, by King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden. The main street of “Old Ballard” was gradually abandoned as the neighborhood’s business district relocated to NW Market Street. Thus, Ballard Avenue’s newest structures are found at its intersection with Market. This is anchored on the west by the present home of an Indian restaurant, originally built in 1923, and on the east by an older two-story building from 1903, now home of an Italian restaurant. If nothing else, these dueling eateries demonstrate that there’s more than lutefisk to eat in Ballard. Note that Ballard Avenue NW runs southeast from NW Market Street. We will refer to its opposite sides as east and west (closest to the water) as we proceed down the avenue.

The vaguely Art Deco home of the Ballard Family Center was built in 1920, adjacent to the older former Princess Hotel at 5443-5447 Ballard NW, which dates from 1903. The incongruous Mission Style facades of the Ballard Smoke Shop and Vik Apartments a few doors east reflect the fad for California architecture which spread north in the mid-1920s. Across the street, Marley’s Snowboards and The Grape Wine Shop & Bistro occupy a 1906 commercial building. A little farther stands a vacant 1908 building that was the original home of Ballard’s Eagle’s Lodge and the printing plant for the Ballard Tribune.

The nearby Burk’s Cafe, a Cajun restaurant, occupies a converted 1890s house a few steps farther east. The south side of the block ends at a handsome two-story brick structure built in 1901. Once a J.C. Penny’s department store, its main tenant now is The Paint Patch crafts shop.ballardno3

Green Lake Tree Walk

14 October 2014

green lakeGreen Lake Tree Walk
Date Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:30am – 12pm
Location Green Lake Community Center
7201 E Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA 98115
Neighborhoods Ballard, Green Lake, Greenwood/Phinney Ridge
Event Types Community, Nature/Environment
Audience Adults, Family
Sponsoring Organization Seattle reLeaf
Contact Tree Ambassador
Contact Phone 206.615.1668
Contact Email
Site Contact Details Meet at the Green Lake Community Center Beach (7201 East Green Lake Dr N)
Registration Details Let’s take a walk around one of Seattle’s most popular places, Green Lake. Tree Ambassador Penny Kriese will lead the 2.8 mile walk around the lake. This is a chance to test your tree knowledge and enjoy some beautiful trees. Please plan to bring a snack or drink as we will be walking the entire 2.8 miles around the lake. See you there rain or shine! Email questions to Please RSVP.

Seattle Neigborhood Walks – Ballard

8 October 2014

NW Market Street at Bergen Place
Bergen Place Park at NW Market Street and Leary Way NW was built to give Ballard a new civic focus and dedicated in 1975 by Norwegian King Olav V. The triangle’s name honors Bergen, Norway, Seattle’s second Sister City.

The Ballard Building stands on the northwest corner of NW Market Street and 22nd Avenue NW. The neighborhood’s largest office building was built in 1927 as the second “Aerie” of the Seattle-based Fraternal Order of Eagles (the first is downtown’s landmark Eagles Building, now home of ACT Theater, at 7th and Union). It was designed by William R. Grant and later remodeled to house restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses.

The nearby Majestic Bay Theater was built in 1915 and remodeled in 2000 by philanthropist Ken Alhadeff. Another landmark, the town’s original Carnegie Library, is a few doors east on Market Avenue NW. Designed by Henderson Ryan and opened in 1905, the building was succeeded by a new Ballard Library in the early 1960s and now houses private offices.

Former Fire Station 18 is nearby at 5427 Russell Avenue NW and dates from 1911. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the sturdy brick building was designed with Dutch gables by the early partneship of Charles Bebb and Louis Mendel.



7 October 2014

Monday, 11/3, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $14

Walk up to 10 miles in this historic Tacoma park, including an interpretive trail and many paths. Some areas accessible for those with wheelchairs or walkers. Van transportation provided at 9 a.m. from Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S or at 8:15 a.m. from office at 8061 Densmore Ave N. More info here. Register online, at your local community center, or by calling the business service center at 206-684-5177, and use registration #120464. (Note: when registering online, the easiest thing is to just input the registration number where it says “barcode”…searching by using the name of the hike is more challenging!)

Train with Sound Steps for the 13.1 Mile Seattle Half Marathon Walk

7 October 2014

half marathon

Seattle Half Marathon Training Group (South)

Saturdays, starts 10/11, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Train with Sound Steps for the 13.1 Mile Seattle Half Marathon Walk on 11/30! Saturday morning group training walks begin 10/11, leaving at 8 a.m. from Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S. We’ll work up from 6 miles to 11 miles with volunteer leader Robert Lenued. You’re welcome to walk with us even if you aren’t planning to do the half marathon, but if you do want to join the Sound Steps team for the Seattle Half Marathon Walk, RSVP to Mari by 10/18 to receive a registration form (10 person minimum).


7 October 2014

2014 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Seattle Center, South Fountain Lawn and Fisher Pavilion

305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109

The Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk, a non-competitive walk, will bring together over 100 of the top companies and hospitals in the Puget Sound area. On average, over 10,000 people from throughout the Puget Sound area participate each year.

Event Information

Date: October 11, 2014
Location: Seattle Center
Time: Festival at 7:30am; Walk at 9:00am. Event ends at 11:00am
The Route: 3-mile walk through Downtown Seattle & 1-mile Survivor Route
Heart Walk Chair: Paul Ramsey CEO of UW Medicine

Heart and Stroke Walk Event Schedule

The festivities begin at 7:30 am with the Heart and Stroke Walk starting promptly at 9:00 am. After the Walk, take your children for fun activities at the Kids Zone. Learn about your heart health with free CPR demonstrations and blood pressure screenings.

Driving and Parking Information

See our Walk Day Guide for driving and parking information.

Route and Location Map

Click here to download our Walk Day Guide & route map

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Walk?
It is a 5k, 3.1 mile event.
Start at Seattle Center at Fisher Pavilion. Walk North down 2nd Ave. Turn right onto Mercer. Turn right onto 5th Ave. Veer onto Cedar St. Turn left onto 2nd Ave. At Union St, turn around and walk back up 2nd Ave. Turn right on Denny Way and end back at Seattle Center.

There is an alternate 1-mile Red Cap – Survivor Route:
Start at Seattle Center at Fisher Pavilion. Walk North down 2nd Ave. Turn right onto Mercer. Turn right onto 5th Ave. Turn right on Harrison. End at Seattle Center.

** Please Note: Routes are subject to change.

Can I run the route?
Yes, participants are more than welcome to run the route. We ask that you move to the front of the starting line so that you are ahead of the walkers.

Why Walk?

The money raised through the Heart and Stroke Walk funds research, and initiatives that promote the prevention, treatment and better patient care in the areas of cardiovascular disease, the leading killer in the United States. The American Heart Association is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.

Survivors will receive a Red Cap from the American Heart Association to commemorate their victory over Heart Disease & Stroke.

Do I have to pay a registration fee?

No, the Seattle Heart and Stroke Walk is a completely free event. However, we do encourage walkers to fundraise and there is no minimum as to how much you raise. The average fundraising amount per walker in 2013 was $200, and if you raise $100 by walk day you will be eligible to receive an official Heart Walk t-shirt!

Are there any special benefits for top walkers? Absolutely! To show our appreciation, we are providing our top walkers with enhanced benefits to enjoy at the 2014 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk:

The VIP Breakfast is for participants who have raised $1,000+ by event day.
VIPs will receive a catered breakfast at the Space Needle and a prize bag. Doors Open for the VIP Breakfast at 7:30am and will conclude by 8:30am.

Are there prizes? Yes, there are prizes available, though you have the option of declining all rewards as an additional contribution to the Heart Association. Everyone who raises a $100 by walk day will be eligible to receive an official Heart Walk t-shirt. (The deadline for all other prizes is November 5th.) Click here to see all of the great prizes available.

Is there any special recognition for survivors of heart disease and stroke? Yes, survivors are given ball caps to wear during the Heart Walk (red for heart and white for stroke) to show their triumph over heart disease or stroke and are invited onstage for the Red Cap Wave to kick off the walk.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to make an onsite donation of $10 to receive a torch to personalize and carry in memory or honor of someone they love who has been impacted by cardiovascular diseases and/or stroke. Red torches will be available to signify heart and white torches to signify stroke. The opening ceremonies will include a Torch Ceremony, where participants can raise their torches to signify their connection to cardiovascular diseases and stroke and/or their commitment to live a heart-healthier lifestyle.

Are pets allowed?
Yes, leashed dogs are allowed. Please be a responsible pet owner: keep your pets on leashes at all times, clean up after them and if your dog does not do well in crowds or with other dogs, please consider leaving them at home. There will be thousands of people enjoying the festivities, so it is important do to what is best for your pet and everyone attending.

If I can’t make it to the Walk, can I still participate?

If you can’t attend the event you can still participate as a Virtual Walker. Sign up online and fundraise right from your personal webpage. Try to encourage your donors to give by credit or debit card online or mail checks to the American Heart Association using the donation form link on your personal donation webpage.

Will food be provided?
There will be food tents in the festival area for all participants.

Will water be available?
Yes, there are 2 water stations along the walk route and within the festival area.

Where are the bathrooms?
Restrooms will be available at the Festival and on the Route.

Where is First Aid?
First Aid assistance can be found at the Registration tent.

Is the event handicap accessible?
Yes, the route is handicap accessible.

Are strollers allowed on the path?
Strollers are allowed, but please be advised that the pathway can get very crowded and it may be hard to smoothly navigate a stroller.

What if it rains on the day of the event?
The Heart and Stroke Walk will go on rain or shine. In the event of severe weather conditions we will notify participants via the website about the status of the event.

How do I sign up to volunteer for this event?

Volunteers are SO important to the success of this fantastic event! A few months before the event, there will be a volunteer registration form under the Information section of our website, but if you’d like to join our Event Logistics Committee or register early for the event, see our Volunteer Flyer for more information or contact Sheryl McGrath at or at 206.834.8632

Funds Raised

How do I turn in checks donors give me?

You can drop off your entire walker envelope at the donation booth the morning of the walk. Registration begins at 7:30am. For your convenience, we ask that you pre-register by sending your donations to the following address below prior to the walk:

American Heart Association ATTN: Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk 710 2nd Ave. Suite 900 Seattle, WA 98104

Is there a minimum donation amount? Absolutely not! We welcome, appreciate, and encourage any and all donation amounts! The minimum online donation amount is $25, and donations under $25 can be mailed to our office at the address above. Please be sure to include a donation form or note so we know which team or participant to credit your donation to.

Will you send acknowledgment letters for contributions? Yes, the American Heart Association will send a letter of acknowledgment to all donors of $100 or more ($25+ if the donation is via check). Anyone who donates electronically and enters their email will receive an emailed receipt for tax purposes. Walkers are encouraged to send thank you emails to all of their donors. This can be easily managed using the “Donation Thank You” email template in your webpage Email Center.


General Inquiries


Event Sponsorship Inquiries

Jessica Pool


To register, go to

FALL 2014

12 August 2014

Want to meet other avid walkers age 50+? Join a Sound Steps weekly walking group, monthly hike, training program, or special event! We have options for all fitness levels. All activities are FREE unless otherwise noted. Register online or at your community center using the registration number provided, but contact Recreation Specialist Mari Becker before you attend a walking group for the first time so she can alert the walk leader: (206) 684-4664, shoes


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