SEATTLE -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will close the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks park grounds in Ballard at 4 p.m. today and reopen at 7 a.m., the normal operating time, November 16.
Due to an anticipated large gathering near the Locks and concern for public safety, continued vessel navigation and property protection, the Corps’ Seattle District is closing the park grounds early today.
Current projections are for a gathering of more than 700 people near the Locks, and the Corps doesn’t have the scheduled staff to ensure public safety and property protection for a gathering of the size anticipated this afternoon.
Vessel traffic in the small lock will continue with 24 hour operations as normal. The large lock closed November 7 for annual maintenance and is scheduled to reopen November 23.
Release no. 16-042