Dancing Around The May Pole

May PoleThe second annual Victory Heights May Day was greeted with beautiful weather Sunday morning as neighbors gathered around a traditional may pole in order to festoon it with ribbons. Organized by Ann Forrest just across the street from the park, the revelers were able to recreate this British tradition. Afterwards they retired inside to assemble the paper flower baskets which they planned to hang on neighbor’s doors. Thanks, Ann, for putting together this great family event!

Watch the may polers in action:

May Day Celebration in Victory Heights

Basket making party in 2015.

Last year’s basket making party.

Last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council announced a May Day Celebration to be held on Sunday, May 1st. This free event will be fun for all ages.

Read the complete minutes of the April Community Council meeting.

Starting at 10 AM until noon, gather at Ann’s house across the park at 10540 19th Avenue NE and assemble quick and easy paper May Day baskets (all materials provided). Then they can be filled with flowers and hung on neighbors’ doors. Rain or shine (we’ll be inside), it’s a great activity for the kids and a way to meet neighbors. For more info, write the blog.

Other upcoming events include an ice cream social in July (formerly the Neighborhood Night Out) and possibly a movie night in the park (if we can work out the details).

Be sure and “Like” our Facebook page.

Bus Service Downtown Changes Effective Saturday

Bus signWith the Link Light Rail station open at Husky Stadium last Saturday, Metro Transit will be implementing changes to bus routes around Victory Heights that will eliminate direct bus service downtown except for commuter routes beginning Saturday the 26th.

The 72, which offered service from Lake City to downtown, will have its last run on Friday. After that, the 372 will have added runs but will only take you as far as Stevens Way at the University of Washington. From there you will have to walk 1/4 mile to the Husky Stadium Link Light Rail station in order to get downtown.  The 309 and 312 will continue to offer direct service during the morning and afternoon commutes Monday to Friday.

Over on 15th Avenue NE, the 73 will now only go as far as Husky Stadium. And service is eliminated completely on Sundays on 15th Avenue. Too bad if you want to go to any Seahawks or Mariner games, plays, events, work, or anything else you might have to do on a Sunday. You’ll have to walk over to Roosevelt and catch a bus there.

When Light Rail finally opens at Northgate in five years, hopefully east-west service will be improved on Northgate Way to make it convenient to use that station. Nevertheless, that is five years away.

Let us know if you have any alternatives to getting downtown via buses.

Easter Egg Hunt in Park on March 27th

Easter Egg HuntAn Easter Egg hunt will be held in Victory Heights Park on Sunday, March 27th at 11 AM, it was announced at last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council.

Read the complete minutes of the March meeting.

Here’s how the hunt will work: If you want to participate, bring some eggs to hide in the park the morning of Easter Sunday, before 11 AM.

Kids will arrive at 11 AM with their basket to hunt for the number of eggs that was brought and hidden by their family earlier (so if you hide 12 eggs in the morning, your child should go home with 12 eggs).  Remember, they won’t have to be the same eggs.

Plans are afoot for some sort of May Day family event in the park. Come to the next meeting of the community council on April 19th to learn more.

New Little Free Libraries Added To Neighborhood

Little Free Lib 16

UPDATE: There’s a 5th library on 14th Avenue NE just north of NE 107th.

Two new Little Free Libraries have been added to Victory Heights in addition to the two existing libraries installed in 2013. The first one is on the south side of NE 105th Street just east of 20th Avenue NE (pictured left). This was funded from the CleanScapes fund that was awarded to our neighborhood in 2013.

The second Library is up on the west side of 15th Avenue NE just north of the mosque on Northgate Way. The previous libraries are on NE 106th, a block west of Victory Heights Park, and on the corner of 23rd Avenue NE & NE 104th Way. Be sure and check them out as you wander around the neighborhood.  Here’s a compete map:
librarymap2016

March Events Calendar

Here are upcoming events in and around Victory Heights this month:

Sunday, March 13th: Pi Day At The Library. The Seattle Public Library will celebrate “pi” which is expressed in numerals as 3.14159…Enjoy hands-on demonstrations and art projects using circles and the mathematics of circles. Fun activities will be available for children ages 3 to 12, with special activities for ages 0-2. 1:30 PM, Lake City Branch.

Tuesday, March 15th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Everyone is invited to this public meeting to discuss issues important to our neighborhood. 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Sunday, March 20th: “Inside Out” Fundraiser Screening. $5 suggested donation to support ERASE, a youth arts drop in program. 3:30 PM, Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 NE 100th St.

Thursday, March 24th: Thornton Creek Alliance meeting. Find out about “Hazard Trees” from Sue Nicol. 7 PM, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue NE.

Saturday, March 26th: Democratic Caucuses. Hillary or Bernie? Now is your chance to be heard. For those of you in Precinct SEA 46-2309, you will caucus at Wedgwood Elementary School, 2729 NE 85th St., at 10 AM.  Visit Washington Democrats to learn more.

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.