Support our GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help the Victory Heights emergency communications HUB. On April 28th we will be holding a disaster drill in Victory Heights Park to simulate an extended power outage in our area. Our new HUB lock box will be ready, along with the tables, chairs, magnetic boards, hats and other equipment so we can receive and distribute information to residents. But we need more, hence this fundraising effort to get us more than the “bare-bones”: walkie-talkies, message boards, waterproof maps, rain ponchos, and canopies for starters. Help our neighborhood be prepared in case of an emergency. And come participate in our drill on the 28th (9 AM in the park–you can be a HUB volunteer or play out various scenarios that we will provide). The board of the Victory Heights Community Council thanks you!
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.
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.
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.
Anticipating 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.”