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Ballard and Alki Summer Streets this Weekend

Providing Seattleites an opportunity to enjoy local streets in a different way, the City of Seattle’s 2012 Summer Streets program kicks off this weekend with great events in Ballard and West Seattle.

As the first of four planned Summer Streets events, this Friday the annual Ballard Street Party carries the momentum of Bike to Work Day into the evening. The city is partnering with Cascade Bicycle Club to transform the heart of Ballard into a bike block party. Make bike art, test ride a seven passenger conference bike and say “Hi!” to KEXP, which will have a station at the event celebrating Ballard’s winning the “Hood to Hood Challenge.”

On Sunday get outside and be a part of a several thousand strong community celebration at Summer Streets on Alki Beach, which will feature a 5K run/walk, basketball, face painting, henna tattoos, recycling relays, skateboarding competitions, street bowling, live music, Alki Art Fair’s “Art Demo Block,” a kids’ bike parade, youth chess games, martial arts demos, free stand-up paddleboard demos, pet adoptions, Seattle’s Healthy Canned Food Pyramid (where you can donate healthy canned food at Tully’s, Safeway or QFC) and so much more. This year’s Summer Streets on Alki Beach is going to be packed with sunny fun and entertainment for Seattleites of all ages.

Special thanks to our sponsors for making these events possible including: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Waste Management, Urban Press Inc, Keeney’s, Cascade Bicycle Club and a shout out to the Seattle Police Department (SPD), Hollow Earth Radio, Alki Arts, Metropolitan Market and PCC Natural Markets for their contributions.

For more details and to learn about the August 2012 Rainier Valley and Greenwood events, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/summerstreets.htm.

Ballard Street Party – Friday, May 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 22nd Street NW between Market St and Ballard Ave, next to Bergen Place Park in Ballard

Alki Summer Streets – Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Alki Avenue SW                    

•From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:  Alki Avenue SW will be fully closed from 63rd Avenue SW to the Don Armeni Boat Launch Ramp for the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk. All parking will be restricted from 63rd to 56th and along the waterside from 56th to the boat ramp.

•From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.:  Alki Avenue SW will be fully closed from 63rd to 56th Avenue SW for the Summer Streets event. Parking will be restricted on both sides of the street during this time.

Access exceptions will be made for emergency vehicles and people with disabilities. After 11 a.m. local access to condos will be allowed from 56th Avenue SW to the Don Armeni Boat Launch Ramp. As in the past, SPD will detour those who do not live in the vicinity from Alki on to California Ave SW until 5 p.m.