Park Renovation Pushed Out To 2017

A new schedule for the playground renovation project in Victory Heights Park has construction beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016 and continuing through the first half of 2017.

Read the complete minutes from this month’s community council meeting.

Speaking at Tuesday’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, Frank Robinson and Katie Bang from Seattle Parks talked about the input they had received from the community and the various design choices that are being considered for the playground equipment. But a construction timeline that was distributed revealed that rather than the work being done this summer (as originally announced back in December), it was being pushed back to later in the year and into 2017. This was due to the high demand for construction projects in the Seattle area currently.

The $893,000 budget will include new playground equipment and benches, and separate play areas for ages 2-5 and 5-12. Even choosing colors presents a number of options: In Seattle things have a tendency to go with the “nature” look – an Eddie Bauer color scheme – but there were also a fair number of people who said let’s go with something more brightly colored. A number of residents would like to see a walking path around the park but the budget may not stretch that far. A preliminary plan will be released in a month or so and feedback taken before the final design review is made and the project put out to bid.

The next meeting of the community council will be on March 15, at 7 PM at the preschool.

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.