Park Renovation Will Include Loop Path

The loop path will go around the field. The paved court in the foreground will be replaced as part of the renovation.

The renovation of Victory Heights Park which is scheduled to begin this summer will include the often-requested loop path around the perimeter of the park. Katie Bang, the Capital Projects Coordinator for the Seattle Parks Department, said in an email, “We were able to accept the additional drainage and loop path which also wasn’t part of the original scope but was expressed as highly desired items by the community.” It was hoped that the fence along 19th Avenue NE could be replaced (you might recall a damaged portion of it took several years to get fixed) but Katie said regarding the fence, “These additional items stretched our dollars as far as they would go for this renovation,” and would not include the fence.

The short loop around the park will be a paved path with drainage. Walking the length of it won’t be quite like going around Green Lake, the small confines of Victory Heights Park will take less than three minutes to circumnavigate.

Keep checking in on the blog to follow the progress of the park renovation, and “Like” our Victory Heights Blog Facebook page.

Help Beautify Traffic Circles In Victory Heights

Volunteer to beautify and care for a traffic circle in Victory Heights (including the ones on NE 113th Street) this summer and we’ll support your efforts!  

Make a plan, tell us what plants you need (annual or perennial), what else would help (topsoil, fertilizer, mulch, etc.), and we’ll fund it.  All you provide is the vision and the labor.  Go it alone or coordinate with neighbors.  Remember to keep it watered!  At the end of the summer the community will vote on the traffic circle they appreciate most.  

Contact Ann @ VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com for more information or to claim your traffic circle!  Happy Beautifying!

Watch For Post Cards Promoting Victory Heights

On Saturday March 25th, the Victory Heights Community Council will have post cards (technically door hangers) distributed to all the houses in the neighborhood by volunteer high school students.

Read the entire minutes from this month’s Community Council meeting.

The post cards will inform residents of the activities of the community council, upcoming events (like the Book Fair on April 22nd, May Day celebration on April 30th, and of course the ice cream social in August), as well as resources and how to contact them.

The community council is also looking for volunteers willing to beautify the various traffic circles in the neighborhood.  We can use those volunteer hours for a matching grant in order to get the city to install two “Welcome To Victory Heights” signs.  Write to VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com to learn more.

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 18th when we will hear from the Northgate Transit Oriented Development organization.

Seed Swap Coming March 5th

On Sunday, March 5th at the Victory Heights co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park (1747 NE 106th St), come participate in a Seed Swap from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.

Bring anything you think a fellow gardener (or gardener wanna-be) might appreciate:
– seeds you saved from last year’s bounty
– extra seeds for this year (if you’ve already placed your order)
– seed catalogs
– gadgets you couldn’t live without and want to show off
– inspiration from the Home & Garden Show (Feb 22-26)
– ideas
– encouragement!

EVERYONE welcome!!

Photo courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
Questions? VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com – or contact Ann @ (360) 550-2234

Park Renovation Begins In April

This week at the Victory Heights Community Council meeting it was announced the long-proposed renovation of the Victory Heights playground equipment, originally scheduled to be completed in 2016 will now begin work “mid to late April and will be complete in late August” according to the official Park Department project website.

Read the complete minutes of the February meeting.

The entire playground of park, including the tennis courts, will be closed throughout construction. The project has taken so long that the original designer will be retiring and new one is taking over to see the completion! The hope is the park will be open for Labor Day and some sort of ribbon-cutting ceremony in September.  Stay tuned!

The park renovation means the deployment of Victory Heights’ first emergency communications HUB will be delayed, as it was going to be situated in the park next to the tennis courts. A temporary location nearby will be secured and volunteer drills will be conducted soon so we will be prepared in the event of an actual emergency.

In other news at the community council meeting, we’re looking to create a mission statement about what goals the council should focus on.  If you have a suggestion, please send it in.

The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance meeting focused on the proposed “upzoning” that is coming to Lake City around NE 125th Street, similar to what just passed in the U District. Needless to say, residents are curious, “What’s in it for us?”

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 21st.

February Events Calendar

Here are some events in and around Victory Heights you might be interested in:

Saturday, February 18: Your Voice, Your Choice: Lake City Greenways will be hosting an idea-collection event at the Lake City branch library meeting room between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. This will be a drop-in, swing by, or stay-as-long-as-you-like affair.

Sunday, February 19th: Idris Mosque Potluck. Every 3rd Sunday a potluck is held at our local mosque. “There’s always plenty of food but feel free to add to the bounty… ” 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, 1420 NE Northgate Way.

Tuesday, February 21: Mayor Ed Murray’s State of the City Address at Idris Mosque. At 9:30 AM, Seattle’s mayor will give his annual speech at the Mosque on the corner of Northgate Way and 15th Avenue NE.  Doors open at 8:30 AM. You need to RSVP in advance.

Tuesday, February 21: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.  The monthly meeting of the community council is your chance to interact with neighbors and find out what’s going on in little section of town.  7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Snow Delays Garbage Collection This Week

Due to the snow on Feb 5-6, Seattle Public Utilities suspended garbage collection on Monday and announced that all remaining residential services will be delayed one day this week.  If you are in Victory Heights and have a usual pick up on Thursday, it will be on Friday, February 10th.

If your materials are not picked up by the end of the following day, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Customers missed this week will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge, on their next scheduled collection day. For service updates, please check http://www.seattle.gov/util. Follow SPU on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SeattleSPU.

“It’s not a good fit in the eastside or Lake City for an injection site,” Says Juarez Staffer

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council meeting, city councilwoman Debora Juarez’s District 5 Director, Sabrina Bolieu, responding to worries that a heroin injection site was about to be put in Lake City, saying, “It’s not a good fit in the eastside [of District 5] or Lake City for an injection site.”

Read the entire minutes of the January meeting.

Rather, two injection sites have been proposed, one downtown and one in South King County.  Nevertheless, Bolieu said, “Heroin is everywhere” and we should be “prepared to have some hard conversations about dealing with the heroin epidemic.”

Perennial problems like lack of sidewalks, low-income housing, and homelessness also were brought up during the evening’s conversation. If you want to see Councilwoman Juarez in person, you can sign up on her website to meet in her (tiny) office on the North Seattle College campus. Or she will be making an appearance on Friday, February 10th at the Shanty Tavern, 9002 Lake City Way NE, between 6 and 8 PM as a “community celebration” Dive-In.

We got a crash course in how to use the new democracy vouchers we are receiving in the mail, courtesy Wayne Barnett of the city’s Ethics and Elections Commission. They were put in charge of them after a successful ballot initiative a year ago. You can read more about them here.

We’re holding another earthquake preparedness class on Saturday, February 4th at the Northgate Library between 3:30 – 5:15 PM.

The next community council meeting will be Tuesday, February 21st at 7 PM in the Victory Heights Park co-op preschool building.

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Community Council Hears About Crime Prevention From SPD

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council featured speakers from the Seattle Police Department about crime prevention.

Read the complete minutes of the December meeting.

Crime Prevention Coordinator Mary Amberg, and Officer Bryan Kennedy on the Community Police Team for our area, spoke about how to prevent crime in and around your home. Many of the tips are available here, but include the obvious things like locking windows and doors, not leaving valuables in your car, keep lights on around your house, etc. Call 911 whenever you see suspicious activity, all calls become part of a database that helps put resources where they are most needed. The city’s Find It, Fix It app can report illegal dumping, potholes, trees in the lines, or homeless encampments. Mary will do a a free security analysis of your house and point out weak spots that need attention. You can call her at the North Precinct, (206) 684-0850.

Write down all the serial numbers of valuables in your house such as electronics, TVs, and bicycles (turn them upside, the number is under the pedals).  Other advice includes registering your cellphone with https://www.smart911.com/ so dispatchers know your name and home address in case of an emergency.

In other news, the Victory Heights Survey is still going on until December 31st: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJJZJR7

The next meeting is Tuesday, January 17th. Sabrina Balieu, city councilwoman Debora Juarez’s right hand, will be the guest speaker and will talk about what’s going on in District 5.

Did You Hear The Carolers?

For the fourth year in a row, carolers wandered the streets of Victory Heights last Sunday, looking for people at home (harder than it seems) to sing their Christmas songs to. Over two dozens people (including many families) met up at the Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park to warm up, have some hot apple cider and cookies, and then headed east on NE 107th Street in search of houses.  It was a fairly warm (for late December) dry evening, perfect for being out and about. There were so many people that most couldn’t get close to the porches or doors, and the folks inside couldn’t even see the huge crowd that was singing to them.

The carolers got as far as 23rd Avenue NE, nearly up to Northgate Way, before turning back to the park.  But one last stop was required, to the so-called “Mayor of Victory Heights,” a gentlemen who lives on 12th Avenue NE north of 113th (technically Pinehurst? But who’s counting?). Although nobody appeared to be home, he did appear at his door and got the last song of the evening.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and the folks who passed out homemade stollen to the singers at their house.  Yum yum!