Pedestrian Bridge Building Over Thornton Creek

P8260653The Knickerbocker Floodplain Project at Thornton Creek continues with the building of a new pedestrian bridge this week to link 20th Avenue NE with Maple Leaf. The old bridge was demolished in July as part of moving and widening the creek and creating a floodplain.

Previous: Kickerbocker Floodplain Work Begins July 1st

Work has been delayed at the site by the large rainstorms, adding several weeks to the project. Originally it was to be completed by the end of August in time for the fish runs, as well as school beginning (many students cross here to reach Sacajawea Elementary school). The plan now is the have the bridge open by September 3rd although construction around the area will continue into October. Safety measures will be added which include:
-Fenced walkways on both ends of the bridge to keep students separate from construction work.
-A flagger at each end of the bridge to alert crews when students are present and guide students safely through the pedestrian path.
-Large equipment will pause when students are present.

The bridge will be open only during school commute times:
-Morning: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
-Afternoon: 2:45-3:30 p.m.

The bridge is scheduled to reopen to all pedestrians when construction is complete at the end of October.

12th Annual Jokumfest Jazz Festival Saturday

Jokumfest 2012

Jokumfest 2012

Victory Heights’ own jazz festival, Jokumfest, is having its 12th annual event, Saturday, August 16th starting in the afternoon through the evening. It is held, as always, in the backyard of Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way. It’s free, and in addition to hours of live music, features food and beer, including a special Jokumfest brew. “Bring something to share [i.e. food],” the organizers suggest.

UPDATE: Here is the complete schedule of acts:

3:00 – 3:50 – Eric Nelson & Brandon Beligni
4:10 – 5:00 – Papa Bear Band
w/ Shawn Stecker, Billy Reed, Jack Cook, Don Buss & Matt Fogdall
5:20 – 6:10 – Brian Butler
6:30 – 7:30 – Hughs Blues
Rhythm & Blues extravaganza w/G W Levell, Jack Cook, Don Forsyth, Steve Branca & Bert DeCoy
7:50 – 8:40 – John Deely & the Victory Heights All Stars
9:00 – 9:50 – Hughs Blues & guests
Rhythm & Blues extravaganza w/G W Levell, Al Farlow, Don Forsyth, Steve Branca & Bert DeCoy

Enjoy this compilation video from previous years:

Idriss Mosque Annual BBQ Sunday

The Idriss Mosque, at the corner of 15th Avenue NE and Northgate Way, will be having a BBQ Open House on Sunday, August 10th between 2 PM – 5 PM. They say, “Our annual BBQ is sponsored by the Islamic Center of Washington in efforts to strengthen our communities, help us to work together for peace, compassion, reconciliation and justice, as well as promote harmony, tolerance and interfaith relationships, through sharing and learning from each other.”  The invitation is extended to ” you, your family, friends and all religious and civic members and leaders in the community.”

Neighborhood Night Out Includes Visits From Firemen, Live Musicians

NNO2014 002Last night’s Neighborhood Night Out (NNO) in Victory Heights not only attracted an estimated 140 residents, but visits from the local fire and police department, and a live acoustic band that set up in the park. It was another gorgeous, shady evening on NE 106th Street as the street was blocked off and tables were set up just before 6 PM. Food began to arrive quickly, as well as information booths for “Ask the Gardener,” emergency preparedness, Thornton Creek Alliance (with a very nice new map), and the Victory Heights Community Council.

NNO2014 001Within a few minutes, at either end of the set-up, a police car rolled up and a fire engine from Station 39 (even though it was Engine 40–a long story). Both had been at nearby calls and wanted to stop by our NNO and say hi. The two patrolmen (both working our precinct, Lincoln 2) couldn’t stay for long, but answered questions and mingled for a few minutes. The fire truck parked for an hour and was a huge hit with the kids. The firemen were able to eat some of our fine food as well.

NNO2014 003About an hour in, some musicians wandered over and asked if it was okay for them to set up and play acoustic music. We said, “Yes, of course,” and they organized themselves on the grassy area in the park nearby.

Organizer Heidi Smeller and her team said that in addition to all the great food that was brought, that over $100 in donations had been collected and, “All in all, a great Neighborhood Night Out.  I’m excited to keep building on our experiences and make 2015 even better!” Thanks to everyone who came and participated.

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Neighborhood Night Out Tuesday

If you are in Victory Heights you’ve received a flyer, seen the signs, hopefully marked your calendars, now it’s time to go to the Neighborhood Night Out, Tuesday, August 5th from 6 PM to 8 PM. We’re blocking off NE 106th Street, just west of Victory Heights Park. There will be a potluck dinner (remember serving spoons) and free ice cream.  Tables will be set up representing the Victory Heights Community Council, Emergency preparedness (see if your block has a captain yet), Thornton Creek Alliance, and a native plant expert.

The NNO was a big success last year and we are hoping for an even better turn out this year. Meet your neighbors and discuss issues that are important to Victory Heights. The weather looks great, bring the kids, maybe some chairs to sit on, and we’ll see you on Tuesday!

UPDATE: There are also two night out parties north of Northgate Way, one on 19th near 113th, and one on 17th near 113th.