Two take two minutes to watch this video about earthquake preparedness produced by the Seattle Office of Emergency Management.
The June meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council was held on a warm Tuesday night outside in Victory Heights Park to talk about a number of topics, both serious and entertaining. Here are the highlights:
We heard about the current homeless situation with folks living underneath the 15th Avenue NE bridge. This was becoming a particular concern with a number of apparently “acquired” objects being sighted there, as well as open fires which could threaten the natural gas line that runs along the outside of the bridge. If you see something suspicious going on, please call the police so they will be aware of the situation and it not just being the same two or three people calling all the time. Supposedly SDOT has a clean-up scheduled there on July 1st, but that is only a temporary fix. Sooner or later, they will be be back.
Jim Woodcock, the owner of the notorious “drug house” on NE 105th Street passed away recently. The property has already been sold to developers and the current tenants are on their way out. For all his faults, Jim would occasionally attend meetings of the community council and was not unaware of the problem his tenants were causing in the neighborhood.
After the recent Cascadia Rising drill to practice in case of a devastating earthquake were to hit, plans are afoot to try to have an emergency HUB here in Victory Heights similar to ones in Lake City (read about it here) or Maple Leaf. West Seattle has over 16 HUBs! It will take some coordination and getting grants in order to purchase the equipment, radios and other supplies. Ideally it would be in the park and would serve as a means of communication with officials and to help pass information. Meanwhile, every house should have emergency supplies in case of a disaster. You buy insurance, don’t you? It’s the same thing. You never want to use it, but it sure is comforting when something happens. Find out more at the city’s website.
On a lighter note, next month will be the 5th annual Potluck/Ice Cream social in Victory Heights. This year we will not be on the same night as Neighborhood Night Out but two weeks earlier on July 19th. Same place, same great food and fun. Bring along something to eat, we’ll have plates, cups, and utensils and free ice cream. Tuesday, July 19th, 6 PM on NE 106th Street on the west side of Victory Heights Park. Watch for door flyers in the coming weeks.
At 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The April meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council was held last night and among the topics discussed were supporting the Little Free Libraries and the recent string of car prowls in the neighborhood.
The two Little Free Libraries, built on spec by Bob Gordon last year, alas did not get a SPARKS grant from the city to help cover the cost of the materials Bob used. With the community council out of pocket for those expenses, anyone who would care to make a contribution to reimburse us would be appreciated. E-mail Treasurer Brad Cummings for details on where to send a check. Also, it’s been noticed that two or three times ALL the books have been removed from the libraries. C’mon folks, it’s “Take a book, Leave a book,” not “Take all the books.” It can’t even be theft, the value of the used books wouldn’t justify the cost of gas driving down to Half-Price Books to sell them. So respect the libraries, and as usual report suspicious activity if you see it.
Speaking of which, a rash of car prowls occurred on Victory Lane recently. Aside from the usual advice, “Don’t leave valuables in your car,” what can be done? Maybe a Block Watch needs to be set up, but as always, vigilant neighbors are the best defense.
In other news, the community council submitted five proposals to CleanScapes in hopes of getting some of the $50,000 award. The deadline passed yesterday. Proposals ranged from putting in a solar light on the park’s bulletin board, to a covered picnic area in the park. My favorite suggestion was paying the city ($1200!) for four “Welcome To Victory Heights” signs to be put around the neighborhood. CleanScapes will deliberate over the proposals and then form a committee of neighborhood representatives to make the final determinations of who gets what.
Around the area, Lake City Way is due for a major overhaul by the city as part of its Lake City Traffic Safely Corridor. 35th Avenue NE in Meadowbrook will be closed for six months while work is done on the Thornton Creek confluence. And Lake City’s annual Pioneer Days celebration has been rebranded as “Salmonfest Seattle,” which will be held August 1-3. No guesses what kind of food will be served at this Seafair-themed event.
The next meeting of the community council will be Tuesday, May 20th. We always like to see new faces, come get involved with your neighbors!
Residents of Victory Heights who support a sustainable city with convenient bus service should vote for Proposition 1 in the special election this month (ballots should be arriving in your mail box any day now). As we wrote last year, if funding is not restored to Metro Transit, Victory Heights would lose direct bus service to downtown. The 72 bus would be eliminated completely, and the 73 would be moved west to Roosevelt Way. In order to get downtown, you would need to transfer from a 372 in the U District to another bus.
Those who oppose Proposition 1 have only one answer to congestion: build more roads. That may work on the eastside but there is nowhere in Seattle to put more roads. And nobody is in favor of additional freeways, like the RH Thompson Expressway proposal which was canceled in the 1960s.
Fewer buses mean more cars and that is only going to make traffic worse. Support Proposition 1, keep buses rolling and transit as a viable transportation option here in Seattle.