Park Renovation Design Review Tuesday

Park RenovSeattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Victory Heights Cooperative Preschool and Victory Heights Community Council, invite the community to review the schematic design and provide input on play equipment for the renovation of Victory Heights Playground play area. The meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 will be held at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park as part of the Victory Heights Community Council meeting that evening. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s in-house landscape architect and project manager will host an Open House from 6 – 7 p.m. to provide an update on the project and gather community input on play equipment. The formal presentation will be made between 7 – 8 p.m. during the Victory Heights Community Council meeting.

This project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and improve other features at the park. The scope of this project provides improvements which will bring the play area into compliance with current play area safety standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access. The play area is located adjacent to the preschool.

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for this play area renovation.  Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/victory_heights/.

If you have additional questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Katie Bang at katie.bang@seattle.gov or 206-684-9286.

We hope to see you there on Tuesday! Remember, the chairs at the pre-school are designed for small children, bring your own for better comfort.

Learn How To Remove Used Needles At Workshop

needleThe North Precinct Advisory Council Social Services Committee invites community members to a free training workshop, How to Safely Remove Used Syringes from a Public Area on Saturday, February 20 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the University Masonic Lodge, 4338 University Way NE.

Joe Tinsley, Needle Exchange Coordinator for Seattle-King County Public Health, will talk about the risks, proper handling, and disposal of used needles. A limited number of sharps containers and garbage pickers will be available for participants.

This free training will provide community members who regularly see discarded needles in public places with the information they need to safely dispose of them. While certainly not a solution for preventing and reducing drug abuse, the training can provide neighbors with information needed to keep public areas clean and safe.

For more information and to RSVP, contact NPAC Social Services Committee volunteer Michael Cuadra at mccuadra@msn.com

Other resources:

  • Needles in parks: Call the Seattle Parks Department Maintenance Request Line: 206-684-7250.
  • Needles on other city-owned land/facilities: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., call the SPU Illegal Dumping Hotline: 206-684-7587.

 

See Kingfisher’s Wildlife In Action

The Kingfisher Natural Area (aka Thornton Creek as it runs through Victory Heights) is a place teaming with wildlife. Owls are frequently spotted (no pun intended) and last year we had a family of coyotes. Here are some videos recently uploaded by the Thornton Creek Alliance of various indigenous creatures:

You can see all their YouTube videos here.

Lake City Community Conversation Wednesday

The new Lake City Future First organization is holding its first “Community Conversation” on Wednesday, January 27th from 6-8 PM at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE. In addition to being able to interact with several city departments including the Department of Community Planning and Development, Seattle Police, Arts and Culture and Department of Neighborhoods, the Mayor will be speaking at 6 PM.

Other opportunities will include giving your input on renderings of the Fred Meyer garden, door prizes, kids arts activities, live music, and free food.

Live Near Thornton Creek? Get Free Improvement Grants

The Adopt A Stream Foundation is in the second year of a three-year grant to do improvements around Thornton Creek. If you are a homeowner who has any part of their property within 35 feet of the creek you are eligible for a free assessment of your property and if you want, they will help pay for improvements such as erosion abatement, evasive species control, lawn replacement with native species, or even a rain garden (one is already going in at the end of Elshin Place under the 15th Avenue NE bridge).

Read the complete minutes of this month’s Victory Heights Community Council meeting.

Working from funding from the Washington State Department of Ecology, Adopt A Stream is joining with the Thornton Creek Alliance to identify eligible properties and contact homeowners about this terrific program. To learn more, contact Les Meade, an ecologist at Adopt A Stream: lesm@streamkeeper.org.

In other business from last night’s meeting of the Community Council, there are plans to make the annual neighborhood block party a separate event from August’s Neighborhood Night Out, and concern about pedestrian safety crossing 15th Avenue NE just north of the bridge.

Next month’s meeting on February 16th will feature a return of the Parks Department with designs for new park improvements coming in 2016. Don’t miss it!

Join The Victory Heights Carolers Dec. 19th

caroling2For the fourth year in row, carolers will head out Saturday night to serenade houses in Victory Heights. It will be cool but dry, if the forecast holds up. No experience necessary if you would like to join in. Meet up at Monica’s house, 10512 17th Avenue NE (across from the Little Free Library on NE 106th) at 4:30 PM for a little rehearsal and apple cider to invigorate you before the group fans out at 5 PM for two hours of caroling. Song sheets will be provided. If enough people show up they’ll break up into groups to hit different parts of the neighborhood.  And if you’re home, be listening for the carolers to knock on your door and sing a tune or two!

“You are the decision makers,” Says Parks Dept on Playground Renovation

park renov01Twenty-four residents (plus many kids) crowded in to the preschool building last night during the Victory Heights Community Council meeting to hear and make comments about Seattle Parks & Recreation’s playground renovation project coming to our park in 2016.

Read the complete minutes from last night’s meeting.

Between 6 and 7 PM, representatives from Parks set up displays showing the various different styles and play elements that are possible for new playground equipment. At 7 PM the formal presentation took place, hosted by 20 years Parks veteran designer Frank Robinson. Among the highlights he proposed were a separate play areas for kids ages 2-5 and ages 5-12, a “plaza space” where parents will have clear sightlines to the play areas, and demolishing the wall next to the basketball court. The grassy area of the park will remain unchanged, as will the preschool building.

park renov02Tuesday night’s meeting was a chance for the public to have our say about what sort of play equipment should be installed and any else we would like to have done within the budget allowed. “This is an important night for us,” said Robinson (pictured here holding a proposed plan of the renovations). The next step will be talking with equipment manufacturers to get prices, draw up a design, and then come back in February for any final comments from the public. Work needs to be underway by the middle of 2016 in order for the project to be completed by the end of 2016.

Parks’ Playground Renovation Presentation December 15th

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on December 15th will feature a presentation by Seattle Parks about the Victory Heights Playground renovation project. After $893,000 was budgeted by the Seattle Park District Fund earlier this year, the project will install updated play equipment and improve access to the Victory Heights Park play area. The play equipment will include play structures and seating accessible to children of all ages and abilities and also other elements for play.

Currently the project is in the planning and design phase (with construction scheduled for the second half of 2016) and with that, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s in-house landscape architect and project planner will be holding an open house and presentation at Tuesday night’s meeting. Your ideas, comments and recommendations will assist them with creating a preferred design to renovate the play area.

The meeting will be held at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park with an Open House starting at 6 PM to show design options and gather community input. At 7 PM a formal presentation will be made as part of the monthly community council meeting. Please make plans to attend and have your say about this exciting neighborhood improvement project. (Note: the chairs at the school are designed for very young children, so bring your own if you want maximum comfort)

Events Calendar Late November/December

Upcoming events in and around Victory Heights

Thursday, Nov 26th: Thanksgiving! It also means the usual Thursday trash collection in Victory Heights will be on Friday this week.

Wednesday, Dec 2nd: 8th Annual Holidays at the Center.  Dickens Carolers, Pooky the Magic Elf, and Santa! Sing-A-Long Caroling, Cookies, Cider & Coffee, Music by Ingraham HS, Crafts for Kids. Lake City Community Center, doors open at 6:45 PM, tree Lighting at 7:30PM.

Thursday, Dec 3rd: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. Speaker will be Tom Speer of the Duwamish Tribe. Meadowbrook Community Center, 6:30 PM.

Saturday, Dec 5th: Annual Book Sale. A “huge” book sale to benefit the non-profit Lifetime Learning Center. 3841 NE 123rd Street, 10 AM – 2 PM.

Sunday, Dec 13th: “Jurassic World” screening at Northgate Public Library, 10548 5th Avenue NE. Space is limited, and free tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the film. 1 PM.

Tuesday, Dec 15th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Representatives from the Seattle Parks Department will attend to hear your thoughts on the upcoming playground renovation project coming in 2016. Be sure to attend! Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM.

Saturday, Dec 19th: Caroling. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night will keep these intrepid carolers from regaling households around Victory Heights tonight. More details to come, read about last year’s event.

Free Little Free Libraries To Be Distributed

Little Library 3At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, Recology (formerly CleanScapes) has announced the purchase of 50 Little Free Libraries to be distributed to neighborhoods as part of its Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards Program (which you might remember from last year).

Read the complete minutes from the November Meeting.

Recology recently sent post cards out to residents to announce their program and a contest to receive a Little Free Library at your home (keep in mind Victory Heights already has two of them, one at NE 106th Street and 17th Avenue NE (pictured here), and at 23rd Avenue NE & NE 104th Way). To enter, email Erika Melroy (emelroy@recology.com) before December 4, 2015. Your email must include your name, mailing address, and why you’d like to receive a Little Free Library.

Other business at last night’s meeting included a reminder from the Seattle Police Department that when you see suspicious activity in the neighborhood to call 911 first, THEN post about it on social media sites like Next Door Neighbor. This is important for tracking crime statistics. If the police don’t know where the problem areas are, they can’t put resources there.

Victory Heights is the envy of other neighborhoods with the news of our $893,000 parks renovation project from the Parks Department. Speaking of which, representatives from Parks will be at the December 15th meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council to do a presentation and hear feedback about the project, so mark your calendars to attend.