New Bridge Over Creek Open; Students A No Show

P9020659The new pedestrian bridge over Thornton Creek at the Knickerbocker Natural Area (20th Avenue NE) was open for business this morning but no students heading towards Sacajawea Elementary School turned up. As construction crews paused for an hour for the scheduled 8 AM – 9 AM opening, with a flagger standing by, the first people to use the new 85 foot bridge instead were three dog walkers.

The bridge will reopen this afternoon between 2:45 and 3:30 PM when school lets out. Even if you aren’t a student, this is an excellent chance to get a close-up view of the work that continues to be done to the creek.

Last night’s huge rainstorm left standing water around the construction area which was still cleaning up after Monday’s storm. But things were expected to get back on schedule within a day.

The bridge will continue to be open weekday mornings between 8 – 9 AM and again in the afternoons 2:45 – 3:30 PM until the project is completed sometime in October.

Pedestrian Bridge Building Over Thornton Creek

P8260653The Knickerbocker Floodplain Project at Thornton Creek continues with the building of a new pedestrian bridge this week to link 20th Avenue NE with Maple Leaf. The old bridge was demolished in July as part of moving and widening the creek and creating a floodplain.

Previous: Kickerbocker Floodplain Work Begins July 1st

Work has been delayed at the site by the large rainstorms, adding several weeks to the project. Originally it was to be completed by the end of August in time for the fish runs, as well as school beginning (many students cross here to reach Sacajawea Elementary school). The plan now is the have the bridge open by September 3rd although construction around the area will continue into October. Safety measures will be added which include:
-Fenced walkways on both ends of the bridge to keep students separate from construction work.
-A flagger at each end of the bridge to alert crews when students are present and guide students safely through the pedestrian path.
-Large equipment will pause when students are present.

The bridge will be open only during school commute times:
-Morning: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
-Afternoon: 2:45-3:30 p.m.

The bridge is scheduled to reopen to all pedestrians when construction is complete at the end of October.

Sacajawea Playground Public Meeting March 12th

sacajaweaSeattle Parks and Recreation is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, March 12th about the Sacajawea Playground Renovation project. The project will include improvements to trails, wetlands and additional playground equipment. At the meeting, the public can hear more about the project, the proposed timeline, and provide their input on selection of play equipment. Parks staff will attend to answer questions.

The meeting will be held at the school, 9501 20th Avenue NE from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, Sacajawea PTSA, Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund, Seattle Schools Self Help Projects, King County Youth Sports and generous community support. Construction would be done during the summer and completed by December this year.


School Fundraisers Need Your Help

Tis the season for school fundraisers. Both the local schools serving Victory Heights have drives going on currently.

Victory Heights ParkThe Victory Heights Co-Op Preschool is fundraising to support family scholarships, field trips/special programs, replacing and updating toys and the park playground equipment and maintaining/upgrading the community center building. The traditional holiday wreath is now available. Depending on the greenery you select, 30-50% of the total price goes to the preschool and if you live in Victory Heights, it will be delivered to your home! Support not only early education, but also our very own neighborhood preschool and kids!

They are also selling Cougar Mountain cookie dough, Victrola coffee and Chinook books (both printed and smart phone apps). Melinda Frye, who is organizing the fundraiser needs to have all orders in by November 1st and the wreaths will be delivered prior to Thanksgiving! You can e-mail her directly at and she will organize your order right away!

sacajaweaMeanwhile, the Sacajawea Elementary School PTA is is holding a couple of fundraisers right now including:

  • Chinook Books. Very convenient if you get the app, as you can carry the coupons on your smart phone. $15 for the app, the hard copy book is $20, and a combination of both is $30.
  • Move-a-thon Oct 25th: The kids run around a 1/8 track for 20 minutes, and try to log as many laps as they can. You can sponsor kids by lap or just a set amount. This link answers Frequently Asked Questions about the event.

All the money raised goes to Sacajawea PTA general fund for tutors, field trips, funds for teachers to buy supplies not provided by the district, art supplies, and other important items and experiences. All schools are on a shoestring budget these days, and every little extra helps a lot. You can always write a tax-deductable check as well, and any school or PTA would be thrilled by your support.

Hearing Monday For Sacajawea Project

sacajaweaThe Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee is hosting a public hearing to gather public comments on the proposed second round Opportunity Fund projects on Monday April 22, 2013. Among the 12 proposals are  Sacajawea Elementary School’s Playground Renovation.

In January,  the Committee heard more than 40 group project presentations. They made a draft recommendation of projects for the second round of funding.  The list of twelve projects represents two projects from each geographical sector of the city (the other Northeast Seattle nominee is a Lake City Skatespot). The Committee is holding a public hearing to gather input before finalizing the list of recommended projects it submits to the Mayor and City Council.

The hearing is at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E, from 6 – 9 p.m, Monday.

Sacajawea Open House February 13th

sacajaweaSacajawea Elementary School, 9501 20th Ave NE, will be hosting its annual Math and Science Fair and Kindergarten Open House on Wednesday, February 13th. Hear presentations from Principal Barry Dorsey and the Kindergarten teachers, and then join the school community during their annual Math & Science Fair.

The Kindergarten Open House is from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

The Math and Science Fair will be 6 PM to 7:30 PM.

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