Park Renovation Project Delayed But Tennis, Anyone?

Appearing at last night’s Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, Bronwen Carpenter, the Senior Landscape Architect with Seattle Parks, announced that the playground renovation project in Victory Heights Park will be delayed.

Read the complete minutes of the June meeting.

Carpenter did say there was good news and bad news about the park. The good was that the tennis courts, which originally were going to be needed as a staging area during the entire construction period, will be opened during hours when actual construction is not going on. However, users are reminded that if a ball goes over the fence into the construction area, not to go after it.

But the bad news was two things are contributing to a delay in construction: one, the contractor has to finish another job first, and two, tests need to be done and a plan worked up to comply with the new 2016 storm water code. It’s hoped all this will only add two months at most to the project with work completely maybe by October. The playground will be done first and opened, and then the work on the field will be done. Stay tuned!

Don’t forget the annual Victory Heights Ice Cream Social is just one month away, on Tuesday, July 18th. Mark your calendars; signs, posters, and flyers will be seen in the coming weeks.

Victory Heights Scores $4,157 Grant From City

Thanks to the efforts of the Victory Heights Community Council (especially President Ann Forrest), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has awarded a matching grant of $4,157.25 for various signs and expenses to be used around the neighborhood.

Read Minutes from the May Victory Heights Community Council Meeting

Read Minutes from the April Victory Heights Community Council Meeting

This money is in exchange for volunteer hours we have pledged including maintaining the traffic circles around Victory Heights. The funds include purchasing “Welcome To Victory Heights” signs from the city to be placed on arterials, banners, copying flyers, and buying ice cream for the social on Tuesday July 18th.

In other business at the Community Council meeting, we heard from David Johnson of Sustainable NE Seattle. These great folks organize urban farms, school gardens, the NE Tool Library (which is awesome!), the emergency preparedness HUB in Wedgwood, skills fairs, and garden tours.

Despite a fancy display shown to the Council last year, the Northgate pedestrian/bike bridge has been radically redesigned to be narrower, shorter, and more importantly, cheaper than the initial design.

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, June 20th at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building and will feature a speaker from Seattle Parks about the renovation project in our park.

Victory Heights Park Playground Renovation Breaks Ground

At long last, the playground renovation project at Victory Heights Park (originally scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016), broke ground last week. Fencing went up, the old equipment was removed, and the concrete broken up. Next month, the Victory Heights Community Council meeting on June 20th will hear from Katie Bang of Seattle Parks about the project.

Stay tuned to the Victory Heights Blog to read further updates on the park renovation.

 

Victory Heights Summer Events Calendar

Here are things in and around our neighborhood coming up this summer:

Wednesday, May 24th: Lake City Future First will host a free conversation about the state of homelessness in Lake City. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th AVE NE, Seattle.

Thursday, June 8th: Lake City Farmers Market. Fresh produce, artist wares, events for the kids. Every Thursday through October 8th, 3 – 7 PM, 28th Avenue NE & NE 125th Street, next to the library.

Tuesday, June 20th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Katie Bang from the Parks Department will talk about the renovation project in the park. 7 – 8 PM, Co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park.

Tuesday, July 11th: Block Leaders Meeting. There will be a meeting in Victory Heights for active neighborhood organizers to maximize their effort during…

Tuesday, July 18th: Victory Heights Ice Cream Social. Our annual gathering of neighborhood families for pot luck, free ice cream, and information sharing. 6 PM on NE 106th Street, just west of Victory Heights park.

Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23: Prep for Disaster Drill.  Before the city does its drill the following weekend, we’ll organize the emergency communications HUB.

Saturday, July 29th: Disaster Drill. The city will hold a drill and here in Victory Heights we’ll set up the emergency communications HUB and practice our procedures.

 

April Events Calendar

Here are things in and around Victory Heights that might be of interest this month:

Tuesday, April 4th & April 18th: Free Drop-In Social Work Help For Seniors. 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM, Lake City Library, 12501 28th Ave. N.E.

Saturday, April 15th: Spring Egg Hunt for ages 12 and under. Nathan Hale Stadium on 35th Avenue NE. Arrive by 9:45 AM (rain or shine), hunt begins at 10 AM sharp.

Tuesday, April 18th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.  Featured speaker will talk about development around the Northgate light rail station.  7 PM, Co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park.

Tuesday, April 18th: Disaster Skills Workshop. “Provides training on key skills needed after a disaster and more in depth instruction on key preparedness actions.” Registration required: https://goo.gl/uw3aAH. 6:15 PM, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Avenue NE.

Saturday, April 22nd: Book Fair! 10 AM, co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park.

Sunday, April 30th: May Day Celebration. Fun for the family.  Make flower holders. Dance around the May pole. Keeping it indoors this year just in case of rain. 1 PM, co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park.

Victory Heights Blog 5th Anniversary

Wow, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday my wife said, “We need a neighborhood blog for Victory Heights. You are the perfect person to do it.”  So I did, five years ago this week. Since then we’ve seen the revival of the Victory Heights Community Council, a traffic circle installed thanks to relentless lobbying, and the start of an annual Ice Cream Social event each August.  Way to go, Victory Heights!

I’d also like to thank the past Presidents of the community council, Ardith Lupton, Sharon Haggerty (acting Vice President), Victor Hernandez, and our current president Ann Forrest. Also to the late Susan Causin for helping get things going in the first place. Great work, everybody.

The community council has great plans for 2017, plus we get to see our park get a once-in-a-generation renovation this summer. What an exciting time to be in our neighborhood!

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Park Renovation Will Include Loop Path

The loop path will go around the field. The paved court in the foreground will be replaced as part of the renovation.

The renovation of Victory Heights Park which is scheduled to begin this summer will include the often-requested loop path around the perimeter of the park. Katie Bang, the Capital Projects Coordinator for the Seattle Parks Department, said in an email, “We were able to accept the additional drainage and loop path which also wasn’t part of the original scope but was expressed as highly desired items by the community.” It was hoped that the fence along 19th Avenue NE could be replaced (you might recall a damaged portion of it took several years to get fixed) but Katie said regarding the fence, “These additional items stretched our dollars as far as they would go for this renovation,” and would not include the fence.

The short loop around the park will be a paved path with drainage. Walking the length of it won’t be quite like going around Green Lake, the small confines of Victory Heights Park will take less than three minutes to circumnavigate.

Keep checking in on the blog to follow the progress of the park renovation, and “Like” our Victory Heights Blog Facebook page.

Help Beautify Traffic Circles In Victory Heights

Volunteer to beautify and care for a traffic circle in Victory Heights (including the ones on NE 113th Street) this summer and we’ll support your efforts!  

Make a plan, tell us what plants you need (annual or perennial), what else would help (topsoil, fertilizer, mulch, etc.), and we’ll fund it.  All you provide is the vision and the labor.  Go it alone or coordinate with neighbors.  Remember to keep it watered!  At the end of the summer the community will vote on the traffic circle they appreciate most.  

Contact Ann @ VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com for more information or to claim your traffic circle!  Happy Beautifying!