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Major facelift in the works for Park at Bothell Landing

City planning to fill in stage area

Bothell Landing Park

The city is looking at a major facelift for the Bothell Landing Park, including upgrading the bathrooms, additional parking and filling in and replacing the stage area with a 48 percent larger stage, an 80 percent increase in seating and an 80 percent increase in lawn space.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.

Bothell Landing Park by Jeff Switzer
BOTHELL--What began as a small neighborhood park in Bothell's downtown has blossomed into a regional draw over the years, with the Fourth of July re-enactment, Music in the Park, and access to the Burke-Gilman trail.
   The city's Parks and Recreation Board has voted 4-0 to accept the consultant's revised plan, which proposes to replace the existing 1,500-square-foot floating stage with a grounded 2,225-square-foot stage.
   Seating is also getting a boost, going from 1,720 at present to 3,100. The grass lawn area will increase to 4,816 square feet from the existing 2,679 square feet. That translates into a 48 percent larger stage, an 80 percent increase in seating, and 80 percent more lawn space.
   To accomplish the increase in square footage, the city plans to fill in the area around the existing floating stage, originally dredged out in 1976, and replace it with the larger stage and more seating.
   Staff contend that maintenance difficulties on the floating stage and returning silt are driving the facelift.
   "The last 12 to 15 years we've been constantly re-leveling bricks, and the wooden retaining walls are 50 percent rotten," said Clark Meek, Bothell Parks superintendent. "We've only been able to do bubble-gum and band-aid repairs for the last six to eight years as the park has gotten more and more use. If we put money into it now, we'll save money in the long run."
   The plan also includes restroom upgrades, possibly doubling in size, and additional parking to the east of the existing 19-space lot.
   At a previous meeting, the members of the board were torn between two of the consultants' proposed plans: Build a large rectangular stage with a small increase in seating, or build a smaller round stage with a large increase in seating.
   The grant application planned for funding the project requires a resolution from the City Council authorizing the application, and the board's recommendation is tentatively scheduled to go to the council on June 3.
   The IAC grant would match city funds, of which there is currently $75,000. Future matches will be considered in the 1997 budget.