$893,000 Park Renovation Announced

Park RenovThe Seattle Parks Department has announced a $893,000 renovation project of the playground equipment in Victory Heights Park.

Read the entire minutes from last night’s Community Council Meeting.

The project, which is currently in the design phase, will replace the current 20-year-old playground equipment, make the entire area ADA compliant, and via the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design program (sometimes called CPTED), increase sight lines and removal of “hidden” areas. As part of the design, the Parks Department wants community input. The first way you can do that is by answering the survey on the project website. The second way is by attending the December 15th Community Council meeting, where the project designer will be there to make a presentation and listen to feedback.

Construction is scheduled for the second half of 2016. About half of the cost is earmarked for accessibility upgrades that will make the park Americans With Disabilities Act compliant. The project does not include any work on the building which currently houses the co-op preschool.  Earlier this year, the Parks Department had said Victory Heights was near the bottom of a 300-item list of “Things To Do” but apparently a combination of the aging equipment, recent criminal activity, citizen requests, and probably dumb luck (the right project size for what was left in this year’s “must spend” account) contributed to the project suddenly becoming viable and a done deal.

Metro Route 72 On Chopping Block In 2016

Among the proposed changes to King County Metro bus service next year with the opening of the Link Light Rail station at Husky Stadium is the elimination of Route 72 serving Lake City and eastern Victory Heights. In addition, Route 73 serving western Victory Heights along 15th Avenue NE would have its weekend service eliminated.

As for how we in Victory Heights are supposed to get downtown or to the U District after the 72 is gone, Metro suggests this:

Service on Route 372 which currently only operates Monday through Friday would be added on weekends, as well as additional trips weekdays (every 15 minutes during the day). You would still need to walk from Stevens Way on the UW campus down to Husky Stadium to catch the Link train (approximately .3 miles).

These suggestions were made after “nine months of outreach for this project, we received 16,000 comments from the general public, key institutions, community groups, and an advisory panel of transit riders in the affected areas. This feedback helped transit planners understand how people are using our service today, how they’d like to use it in the future, and what’s most important to riders as we work to balance those two things.”

Disagree with the changes? The people who make the decisions are the King County Council. You can contact them here.

Victory Heights Microsurfacing Begins August 24th

UPDATE: Follow the progress all week on our Twitter feed Aug 24-28: https://twitter.com/victoryheights2

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has put out a map and schedule for when the microsurfacing project in Victory Heights will be done on specific streets.

Microsurface Map

Beginning on Monday, August 24th, NE 104th Street and NE 107th Street will be closed for the treatment. Each day a different street will be worked on, culminating on August 28th with NE 100th Street and 21st Avenue NE north of 105th. You won’t be able to drive (or walk) on a street that has had the new material put down for eight hours until it cures. This might be a challenge if you live in the middle of a block without any sidewalks. Also, garbage trucks might not be able to reach you on Thursday the 27th if you are on NE 103rd or 23rd Avenue NE.

For more details, you can contact Art Brochet, 206-727-3669 or check out SDOT’s project website.

Neighborhood Night Out One Week Away

Attendees at the 2014 Neighborhood Night Out

Attendees at the 2014 Neighborhood Night Out

For the third year in a row, Victory Heights will hold a neighborhood-wide National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th on NE 106th Street next to Victory Heights Park starting at 6 PM. This family-oriented event will feature potluck food (we’ll provide plates, cups and silverware), free ice cream, and information tables about various community projects. Last year we received a visit from a Seattle Police Department patrol vehicle, as well as a firetruck that parked for an hour. The weather promises to be nice again this year, and this is great chance to meet your neighbors and participate in a great community activity. We hope to see you on Tuesday the 4th!

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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.

Previous: Parks Dept Says They’ll Need SDOT Help To Fix Fence

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.

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!

Victory Heights Park Playground Needs Your Support

Robin from the Victory Heights Co-op Preschool wants us to know:

In February, Victory Heights Cooperative Preschool applied for a City of Seattle neighborhood grant for park and playground improvements at Victory Heights. Great news: the City has invited us to make a presentation at the North District Community Council meeting on April 1st – no foolin’! :)
To help show your support, please take two minutes of your time to answer a 5-question survey by March 31, 2015. Link to the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MGGM5DT



Trash Pickups On Friday Over Holidays

As residents of Victory Heights are used to every Thanksgiving, we will have trash pickup this week and next done on Friday, December 26th and January 2nd respectively, due to the holidays falling on Thursdays this year. Put your cans out by Friday morning. And when it’s time to finally get rid of that tree, the city says:

Free Holiday Tree Composting: Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2015.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ South Recycling and Disposal station from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.