Open Park, New Path, Draw Big Crowds to Potluck

The sixth annual Victory Heights Potluck/Ice Cream social on Tuesday night was another big hit this year with a record crowd of 150 stopping by to sample the food, eat ice cream, and enjoy the new playground equipment and path at the park.

The firemen from Engine 40 in Wedgwood brought their fire truck again for tours, (no doubt hanging out in the shade of NE 106th Street was preferable to their hot-house brick firehouse). Kids (and adults) got to climb over the equipment and sit in the driver’s seat for nearly the entire two hours the event lasted.

The Lake City Farmers Market and the Thornton Creek Alliance both had booths set up, and our emergency communications hub was set up by the tennis courts.  But probably the largest draw was the fact Victory Heights Park is open again, with the path around the field (which is still fenced off to let the new grass grow) having just opened a week ago.

Families from all across the neighborhood continued to show up all evening, the result of which we ran out of ice cream, a first! Sorry for anyone who missed out. There was plenty of food though, most of it homemade.

Thanks to everyone who attended, and those who volunteered during the event. We hope to see you again next year!

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Another Senior Thesis Survey

Doing our bit to improve higher education, here is another survey being done by a UW senior. She says:

“Hello! I am a senior at the University of Washington Program on the Environment working on my senior thesis with a fellow senior. We would be grateful if you could take five minutes to fill out the survey. The survey is completely anonymous and we will not reference survey participants by name. Once the survey closes on March 9th there is an optional drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card if people would like to enter after taking the survey.
Link to survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeINbQuRMmgg-gE1YO1muiktUvGT9OpYK86mw55id8MNo8U_A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Pedestrian Bridge! Farmers Market! Ice Cream Social! Meeting Highlights

bridge modelAt last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we received a briefing from Seattle’s Department of Transportation Art Brochet about the coming Northgate pedestrian/bicycle bridge that will connect the Link Light Rail station in 2021 with North Seattle College across I-5.

Read the complete minutes of the May meeting.

Armed with a nifty model (seen here being admired by attendees), Art talked about how funding was found for the $35 million project, how the design was going, and the planned construction schedule. You can read more about the project here.

Molly Burke gave a short presentation about this year’s better-than-ever Lake City Farmer’s Market. It begins on June 9th and will run every Thursday through September from 3 PM – 7 PM. The library will provide a number of activities for kids and adults, there are new vendors this year (including local Shoreline honey), and Lake City Future First will have a tent set up each week with news and information about what’s going on in Lake City.

And be sure and mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 19th when the council will be putting on the Victory Heights Ice Cream Social. This is almost exactly the same kind of potluck party with free ice cream that we’ve done in the past on Neighborhood Night Out, except we’ve moved it to July to avoid conflicting with NNO. It will be in the same place on NE 106th Street next to the park starting at 6 PM. Next month’s meeting of the community council on June 21st will be an important organizing meeting, so please attend (we’ll be on the benches in the park because the preschool building is closed during the summer).

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November Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights that might be of interest in late October/early November:

Friday, Oct 30th: Lake City Fright Night Trick-or-Treat Walk. Get treats at local businesses in Lake City, then finish at the Community Center for games, food, crafts, a costume party, and a haunted house. 6:30 PM – 8 PM, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Thursday, Nov 5th: Link Light Rail Drop-In. Project staff will be available to answer your questions about design and construction progress of the Northgate Link Light Rail. There will be no formal presentation. 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Northgate Public Library, 10548 5th Avenue NE.

Saturday, Nov 7th: Peddlers Village Holiday Faire. Start your Christmas shopping early by buying direct from these artists. 10 AM – 5 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Sunday, Nov 14th: Seattle 2035 Open House. The Department of Planning and Development is hosting community meetings around the city to solicit public comment on the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. 9 AM – Noon, North Seattle College in the old cafeteria, 9600 College Way N.

Sunday, Nov 14th: 50th Anniversary of the Lake City library! Meet City Librarian Marcellus Turner, enjoy lemonade and cake and share your memories of the Lake City Branch at the celebration. Noon to 3 PM, 12501 28th Avenue NE.

Tuesday, Nov 17th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. The monthly meeting by and for the residents of Victory Heights. 7 PM, the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Microsurfacing Scheduled For August & September

It was announced at this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council that Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) microsurfacing paving project in Victory Heights would occur in August or September.

Read the complete minutes of the July council meeting.

Victory Heights residents have probably noticed SDOT crews throughout the neighborhood preparing road surfaces by putting in asphalt patches as needed in the past few weeks. However, the contractor responsible for the microsurfacing won’t get to our neighborhood until projects in Arbor Heights and North Rainier Valley are done first. Those on affected streets will receive written notices before work begins and their street is closed for the day to allow the new road surface to cure.

In other news, the Neighborhood Night Out (NNO) will be Tuesday, August 4th starting at 6 PM on NE 106th Street next to Victory Heights Park. For the third year in a row, this event will feature pot luck food, free ice cream, and information tables. You should be receiving a flyer delivered to your front door in the next week or so. We hope you will attend.

Because of the NNO, there is no August meeting of the community council, the next meeting will be Tuesday, September 15th back in the co-op pre-school in the park.

Volunteers Needed Tuesday To Distribute Neighborhood Night Out Flyers

The July meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, July 21st in Victory Heights Park at 7 PM at the picnic tables. This will be a planning meeting for the annual Neighborhood Night Out which will be held August 4th next to the park on NE 106th Street. At Tuesday’s meeting flyer packets will be distributed to volunteers who will be tasked to take them door-to-door to specific blocks around the neighborhood.  If a lot of people turn up, then each person only has to do a single street. Flyers are the best way of letting everyone know about this great neighborhood event which will again feature pot luck food, free ice cream and tables promoting various local organizations. Help make the Neighborhood Night Out a success by turning up this Tuesday to help distribute flyers (we’ll give you the flyers and a map on Tuesday, but you have a week and half in which to deliver them).

Meanwhile, Victory Heights had a small article in this week’s Seattle Weekly about our neighborhood.

And, if you want some really sobering reading, the current issue of The New Yorker has an article about how most of Seattle is doomed when the big 9.0 earthquake hits.

July Events Calendar

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

Saturday, July 4th: Holiday! (for most of us). Fireworks (be safe) and do-it-yourself BBQs.

Wednesday, July 8th: Northgate Community Center 9th Birthday. “There’s live music, hot dogs, cake and more.” 10510 5th Avenue NE, 6 PM – 8 PM.

Thursday, July 9th: Seattle Public Library’s “Day of Learning, Day of Fun” In conjunction with the Lake City farmer’s market that day, an entire afternoon of activities for the kids. Albert Davis Park, 12526 27th Ave NW, Noon to 7 PM.

Wednesday, July 15th: Disaster Preparedness Seminar. “We have an awesome speaker from OEM (Office of Emergency Management) who is a FEMA trained Communications Unit Leader, and a Department of Homeland Security trained Communications Unit Technician, and has 25 years experience with King County Search and Rescue. The main topic of the meeting is how to set up a neighborhood SNAP group and how your local Block Watch group is a natural place to begin.”  Lake City Library, 6:30 PM to 7:50 PM.

Saturday, July 18th: Pinehurstfest Music 2015. “A free family outdoor celebration for everyone in the neighborhood.” Kids activities, music, refreshments. Pinehurst Playfield, 12029 14th Avenue NE, 2 PM – 5 PM. There will also be a “Buy Nothing Project” where you can donate/take toys and books for kids.

Tuesday, July 21st: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. This month will be the planning session for the August Neighborhood Night Out. Please attend to help distribute flyers throughout the neighborhood. Victory Heights Park picnic table area, 7 PM – 8 PM.

Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market is every Thursday, right next to the Lake City Library.

Knickerbocker Floodplain Work Begins July 1st

The Knickerbocker Natural Area as seen in May 2014. In three months time, it will look much different.

The Knickerbocker Natural Area as seen in May 2014. In three months time, it will look much different.

Construction work on the long-planned Knickerbocker Floodplain Restoration Project will begin in July on Thornton Creek. Last night at the Knickerbocker Natural Area (NE 100th Street and 20th Avenue NE), staff at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the Parks Department met with neighbors to update them on the work. The project will relocate about 600 feet of Thornton Creek, create a 1.5 acre vegetated floodplain, and upgrade the pedestrian bridge over the creek. The new floodplain will store more water, wood, and sediment during storms and provide benefits to properties further down the creek (e.g. less flooding). It will also improve the habitat for fish and wildlife in the creek.

Related: Knickerbocker Restoration Would Be First In the NationKnickerbockerPlans

Some construction work will begin in June, while work in the creek will take place during July 1st and August 31st in an effort to protect fish populations. During that time, the creek will be diverted into two 12″ pipes, and the pedestrian path across the area will be closed for those two months. Once the new 80 foot bridge is installed, access will be reopened in time for the school year to begin.

The two and half million dollar project is a joint effort between the two Seattle departments (SPU & Parks) that have purchased parcels over the past several years. Some of the wetlands creation is being paid by Sound Transit as mitigation for construction at Northgate of the Link Light Rail station. After the contractors finish their work this summer, both departments will be responsible for maintaining the floodplain.

Just a mile east of Knickerbocker, another section of Thornton Creek is being updated when 35th Avenue NE is closed at Meadowbrook beginning Monday to install a larger bridge over the creek. The Seattle Times describes the project.

Visit the SPU website about the Knickerbocker project.