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.
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.