Parks Department Repairs Fence

fence2After many months of cajoling, last weekend the Seattle Parks Department finally repaired the fence alongside Victory Heights Park that was damaged last year.

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The news was announced at last night’s outdoor meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council that was held by the picnic tables not too far from the newly repaired fence.

Read the complete minutes from last night’s meeting.

The guest speaker this month was Debbie Goetz from the city’s Office of Emergency Management who spoke about SNAP and the neighborhood HUBs that have been organized in case of an emergency. Attendees received a number of informative flyers as well as two cool gadgets: a keychain whistle, and a miniature wind-up light.

Next month’s meeting (on July 21st, also in the park) will be the planning session for the Neighborhood Night Out on August 4th. We need as many people as possible to attend so we can hand out packets of flyers that will be distributed to every house in the neighborhood in late July. Please come and participate and help make this family event great for a third straight year.

Community Council Going al Fresco Tuesday Night

Park 2015The June meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on Tuesday, June 16th will be held al fresco on the lawn in Victory Heights Park starting at 7 PM. Partially this is to take advantage of the beautiful weather we have been having lately, but also because we don’t have access to the pre-school building during the summer. So bring your lawn chairs out. (In the off chance it rains, we have a nearby house to retreat to.)

The speaker this month will be Debbie Goetz from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. She will speak about emergency planning, and how we as a community can best be prepared if the worst should happen. We’ll also get an update on August’s Neighborhood Night Out party that will be held next to the park on August 4th. Hope to see you this Tuesday!

Work Begins on Lake City Way, 24th Avenue Closed This Weekend

24thAs part of the Lake City Traffic Safety Project, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be closing 24th Avenue NE between Lake City Way and NE Northgate Way this weekend between 4 PM Friday June 5th until 7 PM Sunday June 7th. As work on nearby sewer and water lines begins this week, the bus stop along Lake City Way that was just north of the intersection was moved south just before NE 104th Place. When finished, the intersection of 24th Avenue and Lake City Way will feature a new sidewalk, curb bulb on the SW corner of 104th Place, crosswalk improvements and sewer work. All this is part of the greater Improvement Project along the entire length of Lake City Way from I-5 up to 145th Street.

Upcoming Events Calendar

UPDATED JUNE 1ST

What’s coming up in Victory Heights for late May/early June:

June 2nd: Seattle City Council public hearing on The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle. Stephanie Zimsen will be speaking at the hearing about the need for the Northgate pedestrian/bike bridge (which we were briefed on at the last Community Council meeting). 5:30 PM, Council Chambers, 600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor.

June 5th: Community Sing Arts Workshop. Sponsored by Silver Kite Community Arts. A $10 workshop. 4 – 6 PM, George Center For Community, 2212 NE 125th Street.

June 6th: North District Police Station Open House. A briefing about the new precinct to be built at Aurora and NE 130th. 10 AM – noon, Bitter Lake Community Center Annex @ Broadview Thomas Elementary School, 13040 Greenwood Avenue N.

June 6th: Lake City Africa Celebration. The Lake City community will celebrate African cultures with food, music, dancing, displays of objects from Africa, a fashion show and crafts for the kids. Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., 5 – 9 PM.

June 12th: ‘A String,’ a play written and performed by a cast of 6 generations of women ages 15 to 74. This is the first performance by Silver Kite Community Arts‘ Intergenerational Theater Company.  Performances are June 12 at 7:30 pm and June 13 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at George Center for Community.  Tickets are $10 general admission, discounts for seniors and students.

June 18th: Lake City Farmer’s Market Opens. Author Amy Pennington will use seasonal vegetables from the farmers market to demonstrate recipes between 4 & 5:30 PM. NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE

 

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting May 28th

thorntoncreekalliancelogoThe monthly meeting of the Thornton Creek Alliance is this Thursday, May 28th, starting at 7PM at the Meadowbrook Community Center. Speakers this month will be Jonathan Frodge and Miles Mayhew from Seattle Public Utilities talking about water quality and SPU’s proposed side sewer pilot study; Katie Sheehy from the city’s Design Department on the Lake City urban design plan specific to Thornton Creek; and Nick Welch on environmentally critical area regulations update. Meetings are free and open to the public, get there to socialize and enjoy shared munchies.

Upcoming Events Including Community Council Meeting

VHsignThis Tuesday, May 19th is the monthly meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council. Meetings are open to the public, please come and participate.

The meeting starts at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 19th at the Co-op Preschool Building in Victory Heights Park.  The chairs are sized for small children, so bring your own for maximum comfort.

Also coming up in our area:

Friday, May 15th: Community Art Workshop: Telling Stories. Sponsored by Silver Kite, these $10 workshops each Friday focus on a different aspect of art. This week is Theater. 4 PM – 6 PM, George Center for Community, 2212 NE 125th Street.

Sunday, May 17th: Celebrate African Cultures. Enjoy stories and crafts from African traditions. 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM at the Lake City Library.

Monday, May 18th: District 5 Candidate Forum. The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, North District Council, and the Meadowbrook Community Council are sponsoring a candidate forum for the newly formed 5th District City Council seat. Come hear what the prospective representatives have to say. 6:45 PM at the Jane Addams Middle School Auditorium 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (across from Nathan Hale).  Janine Blaloch is the moderator, and our own Brad Cummings will be timekeeper.

 

Road “Microsurfacing” Coming To Victory Heights

Like me, you probably received a door hanger today from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announcing their 2015 Microsurfacing Project in Victory Heights (though they referred to it as “North Maple Leaf”–boo!). This process will “maintain roads by coating them with a sealant which extends their life by approximately 7-10 years.”

On days when the sealant is being applied, residents will be notified to keep the streets clear.  The time table is notifying homeowners with large trees that need to be pruned by the end of April (presumably this has, or is about to happen), a reminder notice to be sent out three weeks in advance of microsurfacing for your block, and then “No Parking” signs being placed 2-3 days before work which is scheduled between July and September this year.

The city advises that “residents, pedestrians and even pets should be kept off the emulsion until it has dried” and will keep streets closed for up to 8 hours when the work is being done.

The map below details the streets that will have the work done.

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!