Preserving the History of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seal Rescue

During the emptying of the large lock, a seal remained in the chamber. Before the work could start on the maintenance of the lock, the seal would have to be caught and released in the sound. Here are a few pics of the process which had a happy conclusion even if the process was somewhat stressful for all involved. Thanks to the Corps employees for posting the pics on their blog site.

Army Corps of Engineers Chittenden Locks Facebook Page
Harbor seal netted

Ready to start the removal.

The seal gets a ride.

The seal gets a birds eye view.
The large lock minus boats water and seal.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Large Lock Closure

The Us Army Corps of Engineers has posted a notice for the temporary closing of the large lock.

SEATTLE – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks large chamber will close to vessel traffic from 7 a.m., Oct. 7 to 7 p.m., Oct.  9. Follow the link below for more information.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are test drilling for an upgrade of the large lock’s emergency closure system. The Small Lock will continue operations.


Monday, August 25, 2014

August 2014 Garden Photos

Our student volunteer, Emily Dunn, has once again brought her camera on a walk through the gardens and has provided these photos for all to enjoy. There will be more weeks with which to enjoy these scenes up close and personal but until you make it to the locks ... enjoy these. Thanks again, Emily!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer at the Locks

As summer is drawing to a close, it's worth reminding ourselves that we still have plenty more time to enjoy an outing at the locks. The concert season is continuing with jazz and classical music scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17 respectively and there is also a classic pre 1950's car show on the grounds on the 16th. Here is a link to the full schedule: Summer concerts and events at the locks.  

Some recent concerts featured latin music, a sedentary(!) marching band and a ukulele orchestra with a grab bag of genres.
Musica Molida

Relaxed Ukes

Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band

Here are some photos taken by a new volunteer, Kendra, at the recent fuchsia show.

Kendra also contributed these photos from a stroll around the grounds. Enjoy these and come down for your own stroll and enjoy the summer weather.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Greater Seattle Fuchsia Society

Our friends at the Greater Seattle Fuchsia Society have sent the following invitation to their upcoming show at the locks. This group has been volunteering at the locks for decades and are responsible for the fuchsia display you will find outside the Admin. building as you approach the locks. Some of the plants you will see have been developed locally and are named after local members of the society. So come and enjoy a day of all things fuchsia!

Fuchsias on display

The Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden is proud to host the
47th Annual Greater Seattle Fuchsia Society judged show on
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 at the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Seattle,
3015 NW 54th Street.

The show is located in the nursery just as you enter the site from the main entrance off NW 54th street. Spend a relaxing day exploring the Locks and take time to stroll through a wide variety of fuchsias from bonsai and trees to hanging baskets and wall boxes. Talk to the experts, vote for your favorite fuchsia and check out the fuchsia display beds as you wander through our beautiful garden. 
The exhibit will be available for viewing from 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Locks walkway closing - Update

Removing gate in April
UPDATE. Today's scheduled walkway closing did not happen at the posted time. Mechanical issues force a postponement. It may happen today or tbd. Do check with available resources for more up to date info. Web links and a phone number can be found at the end of this post.

 For those who use the walkway to cross the canal please read the following notice taken from the Corps Facebook page. Be sure to check their page for further notices as more construction is planned for the summer.

Walkway closed for gate removal.
ATTENTION: We will be having a closure of the walkway adjacent to the spillway dam on MONDAY. That is THIS MONDAY JUNE 16 after 9AM. If you regularly commute through the locks be advised that you need to transit the walkway before 9AM. The closures could last several hours so DO NOT COUNT ON THE LOCKS FOR COMMUTING after 9AM. We will regularly post updates and let you know as soon as we can when the next closure will occur. If you plan on visiting the locks on Monday and want to view the salmon and tainter gate removal ONLY, park near Commodore Park in Magnolia. If you plan on visiting the locks and would rather spend your time viewing a tainter gate removal, boats and gardens then park on the Ballard side. Thank you for your patience, it's going to be quite the summer for construction!

Walkway closure times will be:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer is coming to the Locks

As summer approaches, the locks will see a steady increase in visitors either walking the grounds or actually heading in from or out to the Sound. One of our volunteers, Emily Dunn, has provided us with more of her photos showing views of the locks as well as several pics from the garden. The smolt slides are installed to help start the young salmon on their sea journey. Two of the dam gates have been replaced so far and the rest will be replaced over the coming months. Those who choose to use the walkway for cross canal access should be alert to posted information on dates and times when the walkway may be closed. For now, here are some of our latest pictures and there will be more to follow as the summer progresses.

Select link below for more photos.