• Meeting Rooms
  • After School Programs
  • Before School Programs
  • Basketball Court
  • Art Studio
  • Playground
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Special Populations Programs
  • Indoor Toddler Playtime
  • Preschool
  • Childcare
  • Drop in Programs
  • Wifi
  • Lifelong Recreation


Ballard Community Center blends well into the historic Ballard neighborhood, within walking distance of the Ballard Locks and the shops and restaurants on Market Street. Most people recognize the building from its large boat structure, which is part of the design of the children's play area in the front of the center. The lobby and reception area get excellent natural light in the daytime. Throughout the facility are many photos of the staff and community members who have frequented the center over the years.

Constructed in the late 1980s, the community center has a play area in the front of the building and ballfields in the back. The center also has two outdoor ping pong tables and a garden. The community center features a very active pottery studio that caters to people of all ages and abilities and a tot room that is available to the public whenever the building is open.

Ballard Community Center Preschool & Accessibility Improvements

The project will require site entrance detours, temporary closure of the upper parking lot (July and August), and temporary closures of rooms within the community center. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the contractor to minimize the construction impacts.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working with Department of Education and Early Learning to make required improvements for expanded daycare with ADA complaint classrooms and access. The project will address documented barriers to accessibility including accessible parking, accessible routes, door opening forces and closing speeds, tactile signs, toilet room upgrades, counter heights and elements not within reach ranges. The project also expands the preschool classroom space and creates a dedicated accessible preschool toilet room.

Construction is scheduled for July through November with completion in November 2018. For questions or additional information please contact:
Mike Schwindeller, Project Manager
Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Avenue S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 615-1165