The 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!
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).
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.
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.
The Victory Heights Cooperative Preschool will be having an Open House on Saturday, February 27th between 1 – 3 PM at their building in Victory Heights Park. Find out more about how the co-op works and meet some of the volunteers. Coffee will be available.
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.
Seattle 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 email@example.com 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.
The North Precinct Advisory Council Social Services Committee invites community members to a free training workshop, How to Safely Remove Used Syringes from a Public Areaon 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The new Lake City Future First organization is holding its first “Community Conversation” on Wednesday, January 27th from 6-8 PM at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE. In addition to being able to interact with several city departments including the Department of Community Planning and Development, Seattle Police, Arts and Culture and Department of Neighborhoods, the Mayor will be speaking at 6 PM.
Other opportunities will include giving your input on renderings of the Fred Meyer garden, door prizes, kids arts activities, live music, and free food.
For the fourth year in row, carolers will head out Saturday night to serenade houses in Victory Heights. It will be cool but dry, if the forecast holds up. No experience necessary if you would like to join in. Meet up at Monica’s house, 10512 17th Avenue NE (across from the Little Free Library on NE 106th) at 4:30 PM for a little rehearsal and apple cider to invigorate you before the group fans out at 5 PM for two hours of caroling. Song sheets will be provided. If enough people show up they’ll break up into groups to hit different parts of the neighborhood. And if you’re home, be listening for the carolers to knock on your door and sing a tune or two!