Playground Re-Opened February 10th

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we heard about the “soft opening” of the new playground equipment in Victory Heights Park.

Read the entire minutes of the February meeting.

On Saturday, February 10th, a large crowd was on hand for the re-opening, as well as one of the local TV stations, and the park has been very busy with kids trying out the new equipment.  Work is still continuing on the basketball court and later on, the new walking path around the field.

In other council news, we heard from the Ryther Center for Children & Youth. What’s the Ryther Center? It’s that campus on the north side NE 95th Street just east of Lake City Way. Named after Mother Olive Ryther who in 1885 (!) opened the first home for children in Seattle, at the Ryther Center they “help children and youth overcome trauma, mental health and substance use challenges,” according to their website, http://ryther.org/ . Considering how many angry kids are in the news these days, places like this give them a place to get treatment and help when nothing else will work.  They are always  looking for volunteers, from “Best Buddies” to just working in their thrift store in Ballard.

Watch for a poll soon about possibly holding a neighborhood-wide yard sale in the spring, our emergency communication HUB drill on April 28th, and meetings you can attend around the city as part of the “Your Voice, Your Choice” program that might get some much-needed work done on NE 104th Way down to Lake City Way.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 20th when Sound Transit will let us know the state of our current mass transit system, including the Link Light Rail. Mark your calendar.

 

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

New Victory Heights House Asking $1.7 Million

This week, a newly constructed house on NE 107th Street in Victory Heights went on sale for an astonishing $1.789 million price tag, a new record for our neighborhood. Described as “refined Maple Leaf living” (ha!), the 4500 square foot house boosts five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. If you put a down payment of 20% ($357,800), the mortgage would be $7,791 per month, with annual property taxes with the new valuation estimated at $17,000.  Easy-peasy if you earn $110,000 a year, don’t eat, don’t use any utilities, and don’t own a car.

The former house at 1910 NE 107th Street (courtesy Google Street Maps).

The original house at that location (see left) was an 880 square foot house built in 1941. It was demolished to make way for the new construction.

Seed Swap on February 4th

SEED SWAP and DRIP IRRIGATION CLASS
Sunday, Feb 4th
Noon – 1pm  (**Note the time change**)
Victory Heights Co-op Preschool, 1747 NE 106th Street.

Now’s the time to plan your 2018 GARDEN!! Bring your saved seeds, leftover packets, cuttings, garden ideas, extra seed catalogs, etc. to share with others. Learn about drip irrigation from a neighbor who DIY’d her (very simple, above ground) system.

We’ll discuss:

  • Basic system design
  • Water requirements and how to create zones
  • Parts you’ll need and where to purchase them
  • Tips for installation, scheduling, and winterizing

 

The Class will start promptly at noon. The Seed Exchange will be available anytime between noon and 1pm.

 

We hope to see you there!

Environmental Studies Survey

We were recently contacted by Rachel Pemberton, an Environmental Studies major at the University of Washington, who asked if she could link to a survey she is currently running:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W-9MKGRS4ngCIyG46hb5RHyj3XM3neSxphDcVFRpWEI/edit?usp=sharing

She writes:

Hi there,
My name is Rachel and I’m an Environmental Studies major at the University of Washington. I am currently doing research aimed at identifying trends between demographic factors, attitudes about the environment, and participation in the legislative process. As part of this research, I am conducting a survey and would love to get as many participants as possible! The survey is only 14 questions and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete. All questions are optional and the survey is completely anonymous. Your responses will be used to compile a report on the relationships between demographic factors, attitudes about the environment, and participation in the legislative process. This report will be shared with my professors and the organization I’m currently interning with, Washington Environmental Council.
Please let me know if you have any questions! Your participation is greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Rachel P.

Playground At Victory Heights Park Re-opens In February

At the January meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council it was announced the new playground at Victory Heights Park will have a “soft opening” (i.e. unofficial) on Saturday, February 10th from 10-11 AM.

Read the entire minutes of the January meeting.

Under construction since May 2017, the new playground includes equipment for younger as well older kids, and will eventually include a basketball court and a path around the field (coming later in 2018).

Other upcoming events in our area include a Seed Swap on Sunday, February 4th from 3-4 PM (yes, during the Superbowl) at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

District 5 city council representative Debora Juarez will be hosting a “D5 Community Network” on Tuesday, February 13th from 7-9 PM at the Seattle Mennonite Church, 1320 NE 125th Street in Lake City. There will be an opportunity for Q&As.

The main speaker at the January meeting was Brian Mickelson from Seattle Public Utilities who talked about the new Thornton Natural Drainage Systems that will be installed on select streets in coming years.  Open houses around the neighborhood last August and October introduced the concept, which includes drains for rain run off that will filter the water before sending it to Thornton Creek.

Also, you have until February 2nd to nominate projects for the city’s annual “Your Voice, Your Choice” program that will give out $3,000,000 in $90,000 chunks to worthy improvements to streets and parks.  We think improved pedestrian access to NE 104th Way down to Lake City Way would be a good project.  Nominate here.

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, February 20th. I we hope to see you there!

January Community Meetings

Two meetings are coming up that should be of interest to residents of Victory Heights:

Tuesday, January 16th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting, 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Everyone welome! The agenda is:

  1. Guest Speaker: Seattle Public Utilities – Thornton Creek Natural Drainage Systems
    • Brian Mickelson, Sr. Communications & Outreach Specialist
  2. Park Update
  3. Brief Debriefs
    • Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA)
    • District 5 mtg
    • North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC) – Police Dept & Neighborhoods)
  4. Updates
    • Neighborhood Grant – Traffic circle beautification & Victory Heights signage
    • Emergency Communication HUB
  5. Safety Project
    • Pedestrian flags at 15th Ave and 106/107th
  6. Upcoming events!!
    • Seed Swap – Sunday, Feb 4th, 3-4pm, VH preschool (tentative)
    • Neighborhood-wide yard sale in the spring…
    • Emergency Communication Center (HUB) drill – Sat, Apr 28
  7. Questions / Comments / Concerns?
  8. Next meeting: Tuesday, February 20 @ 7pm

And on Thursday, January 18th, the Thornton Creek Alliance will have its monthly meeting at 7 PM at the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Avenue NE with featured speakers from Seattle Public Utilities, the UW Center for Urban Waters, and the Alliance’s lead for the Citizen Science Program.

Northeast Tool Library Moves to Former Dairy Location

The Northeast Seattle Tool Library, a fantastic resource that until now was located on NE 80th where you could borrow tools for free, is moving to the former LaVilla Dairy location, 10228 Fischer Place, just across Lake City Way on the eastern border of Victory Heights.

It will be fully up and operational by March but meanwhile a major challenge is the monthly rent. The current cash flow is not sufficient to cover it, although long term growth should take care of it. You can help by renewing your membership, starting a membership if not a member, and/or making a one time donation.

For a sneak preview inside, visit during the open house, Saturday January 27th from 2 – 4pm.

Press release!:

Dear NESTL Members Past and Present,

We are incredibly happy to announce that we have a new home!  We have agreed in principle to lease the bottom half of the LaVilla dairy building at 10228 Fischer Pl NE, just east of Lake City Way, north of  NE 98th. This space has many great features, including room for a dedicated shop space, extra space for tool storage, and plenty of parking. The upstairs office space will be leased by CB Construction, with whom we look forward to collaborating.

There will be a few changes as we move north sometime this spring  We’ve enjoyed partnering with the Bike Shack for the last five years, and in our new space we’ll have a bike repair area as well.  This will be managed by volunteers Chad Jacobsen and Sachi Wilson, and will be a Tool Library run venture.  We’ll be looking for volunteers to help staff the bike area, so if you have an interest in this, let us know!  Our branch of the King County Seed Library will come along with us to the new space, with more breathing room to peruse seeds for this year’s growing season.

As we make plans to move, we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the North Seattle Friends Church.  The generosity of the Friends congregation allowed us to get started and to grow as quickly as we have. Thanks also to Cleanscapes for funding our initial efforts, and to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for funding our first paid staff, Dave Gifford.  We thank Dave and Sara Kautz, our second coordinator, for all the work they did to improve the operations of the library and to recruit and train new volunteers.  Chris Lemmen and Mike Murphy, our current coordinators, are busy planning the move and salivating over the new opportunities this space will provide. Thanks to them as well!

We wouldn’t be where we are now without our paid staff and incredible volunteers.  It’s really the volunteer staffers, tool fixers, bookkeepers, inventory managers, website tinkerers and library steering committee members that have made this project happen. Many thanks to all of you!

There will be lots of chances to help as we get ready to move, but here’s the one thing we ask now- continue to be a supporting member of the library. As we now will have a hefty rent bill each month, we will raise our suggested yearly donation to $50.00.   If your membership has lapsed, take a few minutes today to renew it.  The best way to make sure this amazing community asset stays strong is to support it.   Here’s a link to our paypal  page- you can renew your membership with a donation and a quick e-mail or phone call to the library.

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=wOgffUFDEcCGOL08pR4jzHCeeR72_L-DVVYUTaTrj2pmb0CZ-CiUYZn3e-U9vckckNbteG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

Next time you are heading up Lake City, take a detour on Fischer Pl and check out the cool old dairy building. It’s a local gem, and we are grateful that we get to make it our next home!

All the best for 2018!

NE Seattle Tool Library

Trash Collection on Fridays For Two Weeks

If you are in Victory Heights, the trash pickup for the next two weeks will be Fridays instead of the usual Thursday.  Per a SPU press release:

Due to back-to-back Monday holidays, all garbage, food and yard waste and recycling in Seattle will be delayed by one day for a duration of two weeks, starting Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

There will be no solid waste collections on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Collections will be delayed by one day from normal schedules (e.g. collections for Monday will occur on Tuesday, Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, and so on). Customers should set containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Customers can report missed garbage, food and yard waste, or recycling collections after 5 p.m. on their rescheduled collection day by calling (206) 684-3000, or filling out a report at www.seattle.gov/util/MissedCollection.

Build Gingerbread Houses on Dec. 23rd

Gingerbread House Decorating Party!!

On Saturday, December 23rd  join us from 10am – 11:30am at the Victory Heights preschool (1747 NE 106th St) for a gingerbread house decorating party.

                  FOLKS with HOLIDAY SPIRIT, please…

  • – Pre-Order a house at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com
  • – Bring $5 (cash) to pay for your house
  • – Bring a Large plate, tray, etc. to transport your house

WE provide:

Gingerbread house  (4” x 4” square house, 5½” tall, large roof)
Colored icing and piping bags for decorating
Sprinkles, candies, etc. for decorating
Icing that dries quickly and experienced home builders (decorate then build)

ALL AGES WELCOME!!              Questions?  Contact Ann @ (360) 550-2234

 ** If you can’t make it on the 23rd but would like a house, email us at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com to coordinate.

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