May Day Baskets Coming

maydayAt a work party organized by Ann Forrest today, scores of paper  baskets were made today that will be distributed as door hangers around Victory Heights with flowers on May Day (Friday). Mainly children (with some adult help) yesterday and today produced the colorful paper baskets and adorned them with ribbons and stickers wishing people “Happy May Day” or reminding them of our Neighborhood Night Out on August 4th this year (also organized by Ann). So this Friday, if you find a flower basket hanging on your door, now you know where it came from and what it represents. We hope to make this an annual tradition in Victory Heights and perhaps have a May Pole set up in the park next year.

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.