Vote To Improve NE 104th Way

At this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council we heard about voting for “Your Voice, Your Choice” and the chance to get $90,000 in funding to improve NE 104th Way.

Read the entire minutes of the June meeting.

The city of Seattle has accepted proposals throughout the city for various improvement projects including one we submitted to put a sidewalk in on NE 104th Way from 23rd Avenue NE to Lake City Way. Currently pedestrians going to the bus stop at the bottom of the street must walk in the middle of the narrow lane. The city has modified our proposal, saying the street is too narrow and steep for a sidewalk, but they can put a shoulder up to Lakeview Lane. You can now vote to fund this project.

Everyone over 15 can vote for three projects by visiting this site: https://pbstanford.org/seattle Then select “District 5” then click “Vote Now” and then verify your phone number, so be ready. Once you have received a text message with a code and input it into the site you can vote.  Be sure and vote for Project 5F, the NE 104th Way project. Thanks!

In other news, we heard an update about the Northgate Community Center (they have a Community Festival coming up on June 29th from 5-8 PM), and how to safely pick up used needles that are found on private property (the city will pick up needles on public right-of-ways within 24 hours if you use the Find It, Fix It app or website, but they cannot do it on private property).

Our annual potluck/ice cream social will be Tuesday, July 17th on NE106th Street next to the park from 6-8 PM. This is our big neighborhood event each year that draws scores of families and usually an appearance by the Seattle Fire Department.

Help Your Voice Your Choice Improve 104th Way

Your Voice Your Choice is a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. A total of $3 million has been allocated in the 2018 budget and residents can participate in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.

Victory Heights has three requests up for consideration:
1) Traffic calming measures on NE 115th St between Pinehurst Way and Lake City Way
2) NE 104th Way heading down to Lake City Way NE
3) 24th Ave NE heading down to Lake City Way NE

These projects, along with several others in the area, will be discussed at upcoming meetings. Participants are responsible for evaluating the project ideas that are submitted based on need at the project location & community benefit of the proposed project.
Neighbors, we all know these walkways are hazardous for pedestrians but we’re competing against many other, also worthwhile, projects for funding. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending one, or all, of these meetings.
The more support we can show for these projects, the better our chances of making it happen!!

• Project #1 will be discussed this Wednesday, February 28th, from 1 – 3pm at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE)
• Projects #2 and #3 will be discussed Wednesday, March 14th, from 6 – 8pm at the Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE)

If you cannot attend these particular meetings, but would like to evaluate the Project List that will be discussed at that meeting, you may attend one of these meetings:
– March 3rd, 11am – 1pm
Little Brook Meeting, Jackson Park Tutoring Center – 14374 30th NE
– March 14th, 3 – 5pm
North Seattle College, ESD/WorkSource Building, Room 142 – 9600 College Way N
– March 15th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Broadview Branch Library – 12755 Greenwood Ave N

Bring a Neighbor! Each One, Reach One!!
– Need a ride? Contact Ann at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com, or (360) 550-2234.

Watch For Post Cards Promoting Victory Heights

On Saturday March 25th, the Victory Heights Community Council will have post cards (technically door hangers) distributed to all the houses in the neighborhood by volunteer high school students.

Read the entire minutes from this month’s Community Council meeting.

The post cards will inform residents of the activities of the community council, upcoming events (like the Book Fair on April 22nd, May Day celebration on April 30th, and of course the ice cream social in August), as well as resources and how to contact them.

The community council is also looking for volunteers willing to beautify the various traffic circles in the neighborhood.  We can use those volunteer hours for a matching grant in order to get the city to install two “Welcome To Victory Heights” signs.  Write to VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com to learn more.

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 18th when we will hear from the Northgate Transit Oriented Development organization.

February Events Calendar

Here are some events in and around Victory Heights you might be interested in:

Saturday, February 18: Your Voice, Your Choice: Lake City Greenways will be hosting an idea-collection event at the Lake City branch library meeting room between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. This will be a drop-in, swing by, or stay-as-long-as-you-like affair.

Sunday, February 19th: Idris Mosque Potluck. Every 3rd Sunday a potluck is held at our local mosque. “There’s always plenty of food but feel free to add to the bounty… ” 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, 1420 NE Northgate Way.

Tuesday, February 21: Mayor Ed Murray’s State of the City Address at Idris Mosque. At 9:30 AM, Seattle’s mayor will give his annual speech at the Mosque on the corner of Northgate Way and 15th Avenue NE.  Doors open at 8:30 AM. You need to RSVP in advance.

Tuesday, February 21: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.  The monthly meeting of the community council is your chance to interact with neighbors and find out what’s going on in little section of town.  7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

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.”

Please take a minute to “Like” the Victory Heights Blog Facebook Page.

Emergency Preparedness HUB News and More

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (read the complete minutes here) in addition to an election to vote in a new President and Vice-President (congrats to Ann Forrest and Monica Harris, respectively), there has been much movement on the plan to install an emergency preparedness HUB in Victory Heights Park. Originally the community council was going to apply for a matching grant from the city in order to buy and maintain the supplies for the HUB. The “matching” was done using volunteer hours in the community. However, the city’s Office of Emergency Management has decided they really want more HUBS in the city (“200 in 7 years,” or one within 1/2 mile of every resident in Seattle) and so they have made it much easier to obtain a grant and done away with the matching requirement. They are also offering to sell a $1500 “HUB-in-a-box” starter kit with nearly everything (except radios) to get going setting up a HUB.  The logical place to store it (and set up) is in Victory Heights Park, and the Parks Department has agreed to let us use the concrete pad next to the playground. We are still looking for ham radio enthusiasts in the neighborhood to help with our communication needs.

Speaking of the park, the planned playground renovation has been pushed back yet again, and construction now will start in Spring 2017 and take place during the summer. Designers were also persuaded to use wood chips under the equipment instead of “synthetic turf.”

And the Seattle Police Department’s 36-foot-long “mobile precinct” will be visiting Victory Heights next month! It will be stationed next to the park in time for our meeting on October 18th and the public (and kids) are welcome to get a tour.

Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Briefing Tuesday

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on Tuesday, May 17th will feature a presentation by Art Brochet from Seattle’s Department of Transportation about the Northgate pedestrian bridge project. This new bridge over Interstate 5 from the coming Northgate Link Light Rail station across to North Seattle College has been in the planning stage for several years, but funding was in question. However, with the passage of the Move Seattle Levy last year, it is fully funded now and in the design phase for construction to begin in 2018. Come see proposals for bridge design and location and learn more.  The meeting begins at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. The chairs are designed for small children, so bring your own for best comfort. We hope to see you there!

May Day Celebration in Victory Heights

Basket making party in 2015.

Last year’s basket making party.

Last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council announced a May Day Celebration to be held on Sunday, May 1st. This free event will be fun for all ages.

Read the complete minutes of the April Community Council meeting.

Starting at 10 AM until noon, gather at Ann’s house across the park at 10540 19th Avenue NE and assemble quick and easy paper May Day baskets (all materials provided). Then they can be filled with flowers and hung on neighbors’ doors. Rain or shine (we’ll be inside), it’s a great activity for the kids and a way to meet neighbors. For more info, write the blog.

Other upcoming events include an ice cream social in July (formerly the Neighborhood Night Out) and possibly a movie night in the park (if we can work out the details).

Be sure and “Like” our Facebook page.

Easter Egg Hunt in Park on March 27th

Easter Egg HuntAn Easter Egg hunt will be held in Victory Heights Park on Sunday, March 27th at 11 AM, it was announced at last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council.

Read the complete minutes of the March meeting.

Here’s how the hunt will work: If you want to participate, bring some eggs to hide in the park the morning of Easter Sunday, before 11 AM.

Kids will arrive at 11 AM with their basket to hunt for the number of eggs that was brought and hidden by their family earlier (so if you hide 12 eggs in the morning, your child should go home with 12 eggs).  Remember, they won’t have to be the same eggs.

Plans are afoot for some sort of May Day family event in the park. Come to the next meeting of the community council on April 19th to learn more.

Parks’ Playground Renovation Presentation December 15th

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on December 15th will feature a presentation by Seattle Parks about the Victory Heights Playground renovation project. After $893,000 was budgeted by the Seattle Park District Fund earlier this year, the project will install updated play equipment and improve access to the Victory Heights Park play area. The play equipment will include play structures and seating accessible to children of all ages and abilities and also other elements for play.

Currently the project is in the planning and design phase (with construction scheduled for the second half of 2016) and with that, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s in-house landscape architect and project planner will be holding an open house and presentation at Tuesday night’s meeting. Your ideas, comments and recommendations will assist them with creating a preferred design to renovate the play area.

The meeting will be held at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park with an Open House starting at 6 PM to show design options and gather community input. At 7 PM a formal presentation will be made as part of the monthly community council meeting. Please make plans to attend and have your say about this exciting neighborhood improvement project. (Note: the chairs at the school are designed for very young children, so bring your own if you want maximum comfort)