Parks Dept Says They’ll Need SDOT Help To Fix Fence

parkfenceThe stretch of broken fence along the 19th Avenue NE side of Victory Heights Park will finally get some attention this summer via an alliance by two city departments. At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, newly elected President Victor Hernandez said he had spoken with Chris Johnson at Seattle Parks & Recreation. Johnson said he was aware of the issue of the fence (which has been that way since last November) but that Parks alone couldn’t “find time or budget” in order to get it fixed anytime before this autumn. But, teaming up with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to do the work, the hope is to have something by July.

Read the complete minutes of the April Community Council meeting.

Special bonus: Minutes of last month’s meeting.

Other highlights from last night’s meeting include a reminder of Saturday’s May Day basket making party (maybe next year if there’s interest we can put up a May Pole in the park as a fun family event), an April 29th “Community Conversation” in Lake City about the future of urban design there (see http://lakecityfuturefirst.org/ for details), and a District 5 city council candidates forum at Jane Addams school on May 18th.

Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market starts up again on June 11th. Building on last year’s success, it will feature revolving food trucks, wine tastings, beer, and musicians. And lots of fresh veggies too!

The next meeting of the Community Council will be Tuesday, May 19th, when the speaker will be Art Brochet, SDOT’s communications representative who will provide the latest updates on the Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Project. We hope to see you there!

Celebrate May Day in Victory Heights

On Saturday, April 25th, neighbors in Victory Heights can gather for a morning of fun and neighborliness to make simple baskets out of paper, attach a handle, and a few decorations.  On May Day (May 1st) you’ll be able to fill your baskets with a few flowers and hang them on your neighbors’ doors as a nice surprise. Organized by Ann Forrest, people can meet up at her house, 10540 19th Avenue NE (across from the park) starting at 9:30 AM on the 25th for the basket making.  Please RSVP to help her prepare, either via email or phone 360-550-2234.  We hope to see you there!

Fiber Optic Gigabyte Internet Coming To Victory Heights

CenturyLinkCenturyLink is currently installing fiber optic cable up 20th Avenue NE which will soon provide internet service to customers in Victory Heights with 1GB per second download speeds.  Currently, the only alternative to Comcast for internet is CenturyLink’s present DSL service which tops out at 2.61 Mbps due to our long distance to their exchange on NE 65th Street.  But with fiber optic cable, distance will not be a factor. After all the cable is strung, it will have to be spliced and tested, with an estimated roll-out for service to customers around summer. Residents will no doubt be contacted by CenturyLink for offers to upgrade, which probably won’t be as cheap as DSL but promises fast service and an option to Comcast.

UPDATED APRIL 14th: Dale Burnett, the Construction Project Administrator at CenturyLink says,

“We are hoping to complete by the end of May.
Feel free to post my name and cell 425-516-3023 on your blog.
If anyone in your neighborhood is interested in the service just have them call me with number and address.
I will then reach out to them when its available.”

You can also email him at Dale.Burnett@Centurylink.com.

Help Spring Clean Around The Neighborhood Saturday

Volunteers paint over graffiti during the 2013 Spring Clean

Volunteers paint over graffiti during the 2013 Spring Clean

This Saturday, April 4th, help participate in the annual neighborhood Spring Clean. Volunteers will go around Victory Heights to paint over graffiti and pick up trash.  Equipment will be provided for all the jobs, just bring yourself (and a friend!).  Meet up in Victory Heights Park at 9 AM Saturday.

Victory Heights Park Playground Needs Your Support

Robin from the Victory Heights Co-op Preschool wants us to know:

In February, Victory Heights Cooperative Preschool applied for a City of Seattle neighborhood grant for park and playground improvements at Victory Heights. Great news: the City has invited us to make a presentation at the North District Community Council meeting on April 1st – no foolin’! :)
To help show your support, please take two minutes of your time to answer a 5-question survey by March 31, 2015. Link to the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MGGM5DT

 

 

Meetings: Pedestrian Bridges, E. coli in Thornton Creek, Solar Workshops and more

Upcoming events calendar:

Saturday, February 21st, Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Project Meeting, North Seattle Community College cafeteria, 10 AM. The proposed bridge across I-5 to link the school with coming Link Light Rail station is still looking for funding. The Licton Springs Community Council is sponsoring this meeting to help raise awareness. More here.

Thursday, February 26th, Thornton Creek Alliance meeting, Meadowbrook Community Center, 7:15 PM. Seattle Public Utilities staff and scientists will discuss E. coli pollution in Thornton Creek, including results of a two year study and further action that will be taken.

Tuesday, March 10th, NW Solar Now workshop, Northgate Community Center, 7:15 PM.

Tuesday, March 17th, Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, Co-op Preschool Building in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM.

Wednesday, March 18th, Department of Neighborhoods Large Project Fund Applicant Workshop, Northgate Community Center, 6 PM. Up to $100,000 in matching grants is available for neighborhood projects, but you need to attend a mandatory meeting to get all the details. To attend a workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/LPFWorkshop2015 or contact us at NMFund@seattle.gov or 206-733-9916.

Community Council Meeting February 17th

VHsignThe monthly meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council is Tuesday, February 17th, starting at 7 PM at the Co-op Preschool building in Victory Heights Park.  Among the topics for discussion will be the house on NE 105th Street that has recently been the subject of police activity and this story that ran on KIRO TV earlier this week. Everyone in the neighborhood is encouraged to attend. Bring your own chair if you don’t want to sit in the small children’s chairs at the school.

 

Youth Baseball Open House Saturday

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Spring is on its way, and so is baseball season! Come learn about the north end’s premier youth baseball league, North Seattle Baseball, at their winter Open House, happening this weekend at their North Seattle Batting Cages.
 
- Meet NSB board members and coaches;
- Explore the new-and-improved North Seattle Batting Cages facility;
- find out what’s in store for NSB’s young ballplayers this spring and register on-site
 
This event is open to all – new and returning families – or just those who wish to check out the area’s only indoor batting cage facility.
 
Date: Saturday, Jan. 31
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: North Seattle Batting Cages (home of NSB) – 8512 20th Avenue Northeast, just off Lake City Way NE [located on the lower level; use street-level stairs located to the left of Two Cranes Aikido]
More information can be found on …
or by emailing contactnsba@gmail.com 

January Events Calendar

Here’s a look at upcoming events of interest to residents of Victory Heights:

UPDATED JANUARY 16TH

Tuesday, January 6th: Legislative Town Hall Meeting. 6:30 PM – 8 PM, Nathan Hall High School, 10750 30th Avenue NE. Join Representative Jessyn Farrell, State Senator David Frockt, and Rep. Gerry Pollet, our state representatives to the Washington Legislature, as they preview the upcoming session down in Olympia.

Tuesday, January 6th: Cedar Park Renovation Project Public Meeting. 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM, Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 NE 123rd Street. Seattle Parks and Recreation invite the community to join this third community meeting on the Cedar Park project.

Saturday, January 10th: Lake City Emergency Communication Hub. 9 AM – Noon, Lake City Fred Meyer parking lot. See this demonstration of the communications set up that volunteers would be manning in case of a city-wide emergency.

Sunday, January 11th: “The Hundred Foot Journey” screening, 1 PM, Northgate Library. Rated PG-13.

Tuesday, January 20th: Victory Heights Community Council. 7 PM – 8 PM, Pre-school building in Victory Heights Park. Monthly community meeting that will feature elections of board members and officers.

Thursday, January 22nd: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. 7:15 PM, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue NE. Special guest John Marzluff (“Welcome to Subirdia”) will be the speaker.

Tuesday, January 27th: NW Solar Now Workshop. 6 PM – 7:30 PM, Laurelhurst Community Center. Learn more about equipping your house with solar energy.  Registration can be done on the phone at (866) 376-5272 or online at http://www.nwwindandsolar.com/registration/

 

Rains Don’t Deter Carolers

caroling2014Despite steady rain Tuesday night, the annual Victory Heights caroling party went ahead. Fourteen people (plus a few infants) met up at Monica Harris’s house at 6:30 for cookies, apple cider, and a quick rehearsal. Then, umbrellas deployed, they headed out into the streets, this time along NE 107th Street going east, and a section of 23rd Avenue NE. They chose houses to sing for on the basis of how many Christmas lights were on display and the likelihood that someone was home. In a few cases, the carolers sang to a closed door, only to have someone appear after they were finished! At the houses where the residents answered the door there was surprise and joy, and it was nice to hear applause. The worst thing about the rain was it resulted in soggy song sheets, but next year Monica says she’ll have them laminated! Thanks to everyone who participated.