Environmental Studies Survey

We were recently contacted by Rachel Pemberton, an Environmental Studies major at the University of Washington, who asked if she could link to a survey she is currently running:


She writes:

Hi there,
My name is Rachel and I’m an Environmental Studies major at the University of Washington. I am currently doing research aimed at identifying trends between demographic factors, attitudes about the environment, and participation in the legislative process. As part of this research, I am conducting a survey and would love to get as many participants as possible! The survey is only 14 questions and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete. All questions are optional and the survey is completely anonymous. Your responses will be used to compile a report on the relationships between demographic factors, attitudes about the environment, and participation in the legislative process. This report will be shared with my professors and the organization I’m currently interning with, Washington Environmental Council.
Please let me know if you have any questions! Your participation is greatly appreciated.
Rachel P.

Playground At Victory Heights Park Re-opens In February

At the January meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council it was announced the new playground at Victory Heights Park will have a “soft opening” (i.e. unofficial) on Saturday, February 10th from 10-11 AM.

Read the entire minutes of the January meeting.

Under construction since May 2017, the new playground includes equipment for younger as well older kids, and will eventually include a basketball court and a path around the field (coming later in 2018).

Other upcoming events in our area include a Seed Swap on Sunday, February 4th from 3-4 PM (yes, during the Superbowl) at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

District 5 city council representative Debora Juarez will be hosting a “D5 Community Network” on Tuesday, February 13th from 7-9 PM at the Seattle Mennonite Church, 1320 NE 125th Street in Lake City. There will be an opportunity for Q&As.

The main speaker at the January meeting was Brian Mickelson from Seattle Public Utilities who talked about the new Thornton Natural Drainage Systems that will be installed on select streets in coming years.  Open houses around the neighborhood last August and October introduced the concept, which includes drains for rain run off that will filter the water before sending it to Thornton Creek.

Also, you have until February 2nd to nominate projects for the city’s annual “Your Voice, Your Choice” program that will give out $3,000,000 in $90,000 chunks to worthy improvements to streets and parks.  We think improved pedestrian access to NE 104th Way down to Lake City Way would be a good project.  Nominate here.

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, February 20th. I we hope to see you there!

January Community Meetings

Two meetings are coming up that should be of interest to residents of Victory Heights:

Tuesday, January 16th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting, 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Everyone welome! The agenda is:

  1. Guest Speaker: Seattle Public Utilities – Thornton Creek Natural Drainage Systems
    • Brian Mickelson, Sr. Communications & Outreach Specialist
  2. Park Update
  3. Brief Debriefs
    • Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA)
    • District 5 mtg
    • North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC) – Police Dept & Neighborhoods)
  4. Updates
    • Neighborhood Grant – Traffic circle beautification & Victory Heights signage
    • Emergency Communication HUB
  5. Safety Project
    • Pedestrian flags at 15th Ave and 106/107th
  6. Upcoming events!!
    • Seed Swap – Sunday, Feb 4th, 3-4pm, VH preschool (tentative)
    • Neighborhood-wide yard sale in the spring…
    • Emergency Communication Center (HUB) drill – Sat, Apr 28
  7. Questions / Comments / Concerns?
  8. Next meeting: Tuesday, February 20 @ 7pm

And on Thursday, January 18th, the Thornton Creek Alliance will have its monthly meeting at 7 PM at the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Avenue NE with featured speakers from Seattle Public Utilities, the UW Center for Urban Waters, and the Alliance’s lead for the Citizen Science Program.

Northeast Tool Library Moves to Former Dairy Location

The Northeast Seattle Tool Library, a fantastic resource that until now was located on NE 80th where you could borrow tools for free, is moving to the former LaVilla Dairy location, 10228 Fischer Place, just across Lake City Way on the eastern border of Victory Heights.

It will be fully up and operational by March but meanwhile a major challenge is the monthly rent. The current cash flow is not sufficient to cover it, although long term growth should take care of it. You can help by renewing your membership, starting a membership if not a member, and/or making a one time donation.

For a sneak preview inside, visit during the open house, Saturday January 27th from 2 – 4pm.

Press release!:

Dear NESTL Members Past and Present,

We are incredibly happy to announce that we have a new home!  We have agreed in principle to lease the bottom half of the LaVilla dairy building at 10228 Fischer Pl NE, just east of Lake City Way, north of  NE 98th. This space has many great features, including room for a dedicated shop space, extra space for tool storage, and plenty of parking. The upstairs office space will be leased by CB Construction, with whom we look forward to collaborating.

There will be a few changes as we move north sometime this spring  We’ve enjoyed partnering with the Bike Shack for the last five years, and in our new space we’ll have a bike repair area as well.  This will be managed by volunteers Chad Jacobsen and Sachi Wilson, and will be a Tool Library run venture.  We’ll be looking for volunteers to help staff the bike area, so if you have an interest in this, let us know!  Our branch of the King County Seed Library will come along with us to the new space, with more breathing room to peruse seeds for this year’s growing season.

As we make plans to move, we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the North Seattle Friends Church.  The generosity of the Friends congregation allowed us to get started and to grow as quickly as we have. Thanks also to Cleanscapes for funding our initial efforts, and to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for funding our first paid staff, Dave Gifford.  We thank Dave and Sara Kautz, our second coordinator, for all the work they did to improve the operations of the library and to recruit and train new volunteers.  Chris Lemmen and Mike Murphy, our current coordinators, are busy planning the move and salivating over the new opportunities this space will provide. Thanks to them as well!

We wouldn’t be where we are now without our paid staff and incredible volunteers.  It’s really the volunteer staffers, tool fixers, bookkeepers, inventory managers, website tinkerers and library steering committee members that have made this project happen. Many thanks to all of you!

There will be lots of chances to help as we get ready to move, but here’s the one thing we ask now- continue to be a supporting member of the library. As we now will have a hefty rent bill each month, we will raise our suggested yearly donation to $50.00.   If your membership has lapsed, take a few minutes today to renew it.  The best way to make sure this amazing community asset stays strong is to support it.   Here’s a link to our paypal  page- you can renew your membership with a donation and a quick e-mail or phone call to the library.


Next time you are heading up Lake City, take a detour on Fischer Pl and check out the cool old dairy building. It’s a local gem, and we are grateful that we get to make it our next home!

All the best for 2018!

NE Seattle Tool Library