Victory Heights Scores $4,157 Grant From City

Thanks to the efforts of the Victory Heights Community Council (especially President Ann Forrest), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has awarded a matching grant of $4,157.25 for various signs and expenses to be used around the neighborhood.

Read Minutes from the May Victory Heights Community Council Meeting

Read Minutes from the April Victory Heights Community Council Meeting

This money is in exchange for volunteer hours we have pledged including maintaining the traffic circles around Victory Heights. The funds include purchasing “Welcome To Victory Heights” signs from the city to be placed on arterials, banners, copying flyers, and buying ice cream for the social on Tuesday July 18th.

In other business at the Community Council meeting, we heard from David Johnson of Sustainable NE Seattle. These great folks organize urban farms, school gardens, the NE Tool Library (which is awesome!), the emergency preparedness HUB in Wedgwood, skills fairs, and garden tours.

Despite a fancy display shown to the Council last year, the Northgate pedestrian/bike bridge has been radically redesigned to be narrower, shorter, and more importantly, cheaper than the initial design.

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, June 20th at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building and will feature a speaker from Seattle Parks about the renovation project in our park.

Victory Heights Park Playground Renovation Breaks Ground

At long last, the playground renovation project at Victory Heights Park (originally scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016), broke ground last week. Fencing went up, the old equipment was removed, and the concrete broken up. Next month, the Victory Heights Community Council meeting on June 20th will hear from Katie Bang of Seattle Parks about the project.

Stay tuned to the Victory Heights Blog to read further updates on the park renovation.

 

Victory Heights Blog 5th Anniversary

Wow, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday my wife said, “We need a neighborhood blog for Victory Heights. You are the perfect person to do it.”  So I did, five years ago this week. Since then we’ve seen the revival of the Victory Heights Community Council, a traffic circle installed thanks to relentless lobbying, and the start of an annual Ice Cream Social event each August.  Way to go, Victory Heights!

I’d also like to thank the past Presidents of the community council, Ardith Lupton, Sharon Haggerty (acting Vice President), Victor Hernandez, and our current president Ann Forrest. Also to the late Susan Causin for helping get things going in the first place. Great work, everybody.

The community council has great plans for 2017, plus we get to see our park get a once-in-a-generation renovation this summer. What an exciting time to be in our neighborhood!

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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.

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.

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.

New Emergency Communications HUB Approved For Victory Heights

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council it was announced that our request for funding a communications HUB to be established in Victory Heights Park was approved by the city! Similar to HUBS that already exist at the Fred Meyers in Lake City and Maple Leaf Park (though smaller to begin with), this volunteer-run emergency HUB will allow neighbors to organize after a disaster (most likely an earthquake), trade information and resources, and communicate with the outside world. It will be based in Victory Heights Park.

Read the entire minutes of the November meeting.

tabletop-exAnticipating the HUB, a tabletop emergency preparedness exercise will be held this Saturday, November 19th between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM at the Northgate Library. One was held last week (see photo) and really helped streamline procedures and problems we might encounter during an actual emergency.

Other bits of news: the annual Christmas Caroling event will be Sunday, December 18th starting at 5 PM.  Let us know if you will be participating or if you’d like us to visit your house and sing a few songs that evening.

The Victory Heights Community Survey is still going on. Take a moment and fill it out so the community council can know how they can better serve you.

A natural gas main will be installed along 19th Avenue NE between NE 107th Street and Northgate Way between November 28-30.

Next month’s speakers on December 20th will include a Crime Prevention Coordinator and a community police team officer talking about “Crime Prevention & Response.”

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October Events In Victory Heights

Upcoming events in October in and around Victory Heights:

Saturday, October 1st: Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs Table-Top Exercise. With plans moving forward to get a communication HUB here in Victory Heights (read more here), get a jump on how things would work in an actual emergency with this simulation exercise. 9 AM – Noon, Verity Credit Union, 11027 Meridian Avenue North, Suite #102.

Wednesday, October 12th: “Homeless in Seattle” with Mayor Ed Murray. No Murray won’t be homeless, but he’ll be discussing the issue in person at this North Seattle Chamber event. 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Elliott Bay Public House, 12537 Lake City Way NE. Seating is limited and $10 if you want to skip food. Register here.

Saturday, October 15th: Arbor Day in Lake City. The Mayor (again) will attend this celebration of trees. “A fun, family-friendly celebration with activities such as facilitated tree climbing for kids of all ages, apple cider pressing, volunteer tree planting, an ask the arborist booth, a neighborhood Tree Walk, and more!” 9 AM – noon, Virgil Flaim Park, 2700 NE 123th Street.

Tuesday, October 18th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Meet our new team of executives, and tour the Seattle Police Department’s 36-foot-long “mobile precinct” which will be parked next to the park. 7 PM – 8 PM, the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Bring the kids.