23rd Avenue NE Drainage/Sidewalk Project Coming

At the September meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, Seattle Public Utilities and their contractor did a presentation about the upcoming revision to 23rd Avenue NE that will add natural drainage on the west side, and parking and sidewalks (!) on the east side, from NE 104th Way to Northgate Way.

Read the complete minutes of the Community Council Meeting.

Scheduled to begin work in mid-October (as part of four such roadway reconstructions around the south fork of Thornton Creek), 23rd Avenue NE will be reduced from a wide raceway-like stretch to a much narrower street with parking on one side and the drainage system on the other (you can see examples of this in Pinehurst on 23rd Avenue north of NE 113th Street). You can read the city’s proposal in this PDF.

Also at the meeting we reviewed this year’s Food Truck Fridays (watch for a survey for how to improve it for next year), plans are afoot for a 3rd annual Chili Cookoff sometime in the autumn, and dog parade called (wait for it…) Victory Barks.

And mark your calendars for the return of Victory Frights, this time, “The Conjuring,” on Halloween night, October 31st staring at 4:30 PM. There will be spooky decorations and a chance to hand out your candy to the 100+ kids that are expected to come. It will be on 19th Avenue NE across from the park with the street closed down like during Food Truck Fridays.

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Victory Heights Community Council Meeting September 18th

On Monday, September 18th, join us for a meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, from 7-8 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. In addition to hearing the latest news and upcoming events, there will be a guest speaker about the drainage project on 23rd Avenue NE.

Also, with the end of the season of Food Truck Fridays, a change to give your feedback to help us improve the event next year.

We hope to see you there! (As usual, the chairs there are scaled for young children, bring your own for maximum comfort.)

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Victory Heights August Events Calendar

Friday, August 11th: Emergency HUB Show And Tell. What’s that big brown box next to the tennis courts in the park for? Find out from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. See what resources it contains to help neighbors support one another after a large (disruptive) event.

Saturday, August 12th: Movies At The Tower (Maple Leaf). Watch movies in the park by the water tower in Maple Leaf, with food and trivia starting at 6 PM, movie at dusk. This week: “Turning Red” (Pixar).

Saturday, August 19th: JokumFest, Victory Heights’ own live jazz festival, returns to Gary Schudie’s backyard, 2021 NE Northgate Way starting at 3 PM and going into the evening. Live music, food & beverages, side dishes welcomed, parking recommended on side streets.

Saturday, August 19th: Movies At The Tower (Maple Leaf). At dusk: “The Paper Tigers”

Thursday, August 24th: Victory Heights Cooperative Preschool is hosting a summer picnic on Thursday August 24th 1-3pm at the Victory Heights Park. Everyone in the community is welcome! They’ll have hot dogs and snacks. They hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 26th: Movies At The Tower (Maple Leaf). At dusk: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Thursdays, the Lake City Farmers Market is up next to the Lake City Library,

And Food Truck Fridays continue every Friday afternoon throughout the month on 19th Avenue NE across from the park from 5-8 PM. Three to four different trucks each week!

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Metro Suspends Route 320

Metro transit this week “temporarily” suspended Route 320 that serves Kenmore, Victory Heights (via Northgate Way), and South Lake Union. According to their blog post, labor shortages have caused the route (and several others) to be suspended for the weeks of June 12-23.

However, the 320 is not long for this world anyway, it is going to be permanently discontinued in September owing to low ridership and duplication of service.

While it ran, the 320 was a good backstop for service from the Northgate Link Light Rail station to our neighborhood along Northgate Way (it runs the same route as the 20), albeit during commuter hours only. After September, we’ll be down to one route again on Northgate.

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Victory Heights Community Meeting March 20th

The Victory Heights Community Council will have another quarterly meeting on Monday, March 20th starting at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. The guest Speaker is Dave Wilma, published historian. We’ll also chat briefly about the upcoming amateur radio exercise in the neighborhood – and Food Truck Friday! Join our email list to get information about attending virtually. We hope to see you there!

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Pi Day Means Pie Day In Victory Heights

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant (the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter) which is 3.14159… 

What’s this mean to you? Pies in Victory Heights! That’s right, free slices of pie! Like this beauty right here:

10540 19th Ave NE  – across from the Victory Heights Park
Look for the canopies!

Dessert distribution starts at 6pm
Ends when the pies are gone…

Looking for an excuse to bake?  ALL PIES welcome!

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2nd Winterfest Draws Family Crowds

Victory Heights’ second Winterfest (the first was in December 2021) brought out many families and residents to a chilly, but clear Sunday afternoon in January last weekend around the park.

Brought to you by the Victory Heights Community Council, the event featured cookies, hot cider, popcorn, two food trucks, and hand-made luminarias which were then placed around the path before dark and then lit up with small candles.

Check out this video to see more highlights:

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Winterfest Returns January 29th

The Victory Heights Community Council is bringing back Winterfest to be held at the park on Sunday, January 29th from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Read the complete minutes of the December Community Council Meeting.

Booths set up during the December 2021 Winterfest

We’ll be closing down 19th Avenue NE across from the park again (the same location as the food trucks last year) and will have popcorn, hot cider, and cookies available. Also, we will be setting up luminaries along the path in Victory Heights Park (bags are now available underneath the bulletin board at the north side of the park).

We are looking for volunteers to help set up, run the stations, set up the luminaries and then clean up. Click here to sign up.

We hope to see you at this event. Bring the family and enjoy the lights and treats.

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