November Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights that might be of interest in late October/early November:

Friday, Oct 30th: Lake City Fright Night Trick-or-Treat Walk. Get treats at local businesses in Lake City, then finish at the Community Center for games, food, crafts, a costume party, and a haunted house. 6:30 PM – 8 PM, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Thursday, Nov 5th: Link Light Rail Drop-In. Project staff will be available to answer your questions about design and construction progress of the Northgate Link Light Rail. There will be no formal presentation. 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Northgate Public Library, 10548 5th Avenue NE.

Saturday, Nov 7th: Peddlers Village Holiday Faire. Start your Christmas shopping early by buying direct from these artists. 10 AM – 5 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Sunday, Nov 14th: Seattle 2035 Open House. The Department of Planning and Development is hosting community meetings around the city to solicit public comment on the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. 9 AM – Noon, North Seattle College in the old cafeteria, 9600 College Way N.

Sunday, Nov 14th: 50th Anniversary of the Lake City library! Meet City Librarian Marcellus Turner, enjoy lemonade and cake and share your memories of the Lake City Branch at the celebration. Noon to 3 PM, 12501 28th Avenue NE.

Tuesday, Nov 17th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. The monthly meeting by and for the residents of Victory Heights. 7 PM, the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

$893,000 Park Renovation Announced

Park RenovThe Seattle Parks Department has announced a $893,000 renovation project of the playground equipment in Victory Heights Park.

Read the entire minutes from last night’s Community Council Meeting.

The project, which is currently in the design phase, will replace the current 20-year-old playground equipment, make the entire area ADA compliant, and via the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design program (sometimes called CPTED), increase sight lines and removal of “hidden” areas. As part of the design, the Parks Department wants community input. The first way you can do that is by answering the survey on the project website. The second way is by attending the December 15th Community Council meeting, where the project designer will be there to make a presentation and listen to feedback.

Construction is scheduled for the second half of 2016. About half of the cost is earmarked for accessibility upgrades that will make the park Americans With Disabilities Act compliant. The project does not include any work on the building which currently houses the co-op preschool.  Earlier this year, the Parks Department had said Victory Heights was near the bottom of a 300-item list of “Things To Do” but apparently a combination of the aging equipment, recent criminal activity, citizen requests, and probably dumb luck (the right project size for what was left in this year’s “must spend” account) contributed to the project suddenly becoming viable and a done deal.