May is Membership Renewal Month!

This month we’re profiling renewing Member Dave Boyd.

Marvin Oliver (L) and Dave Boyd (R) at the interpretive panel at the dedication of Marvin’s Salish Welcome sculpture, July 2010.

Dave came to Seattle as a graduate student in architecture in 1983, having done his undergrad studies in Boston. “One of my early “discoveries” was Ballard Avenue, which had the feel of the historic commercial centers I’d fallen in love with in Boston and New England,” he explains.

Why Ballard?  “Having grown up in a small town, I was also attracted to the fact that Ballard had the feel of an independent community, with its own downtown, industrial area and traditions. When I finished my studies at UW, my wife and I bought our first home in Crown Hill / Whittier Heights in 1988, then moved to Sunset Hill in 1993.”

As an architect and urban planner, Dave has always felt it is important to balance development with parks and open space. That led to his involvement in Groundswell NW and its mission of creating community parks and habitat, particularly Baker Park on Crown Hill and the Salmon Bay Natural Area. “In both those projects we combined the creation of community open space with connecting to the history of the sites,” says Dave.

Ballard Historical Society would like to invite you to work with Dave and Groundswell tomorrow:

Sat, 05/21: Salmon Bay Natural Area & Adopt-a-Street Workparty

Please join us for a spring clean-up of the overlook area and adjacent stretches of NW 54th St., Seaview Ave. and the Burke Gilman Trail. We’ll provide tools, food and drink – just bring work clothes and gloves. All ages welcome.

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: 34 Ave NW streetend, just south of NW 54th St. (west end of The Canal parking lot)
Contact: Dave Boyd, 498-6636,


About Ballard Historical Society President

Junior League of Seattle, Talking Book and Braille Library Volunteer, Salmon Bay & Aerie #1 Eagles, Women's Council of Realtors, Ballard Historical Society, Ballard Writer's Collective emcee and Remax Hall of Fame Broker.
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