Parks bond issue includes money for local projects
Metro King County Council news
by Louise Miller, Vice Chair, District 3 Representative
The future funding bond issue for parks and open space will be going to the full County Council for action soon. I wanted to let citizens know what the recommended projects for active recreation and critical resources for our area would be if approved.
The largest portion of money will be for active parks, including trails, ballparks, community parks and centers, swimming pools, and other active uses:
Also included will be a bridge over the Sammamish River at the Tolt Pipeline crossing, money for Northshore athletic fields in the Sammamish Valley, a pedestrian/horse bridge to Marymoor Park, development of the Daniels Creek park near Cottage Lake, and in addition, a portion of $1,000,000 being set aside for projects such as the one recently done at Sorensen Field to upgrade ball fields.
- Bothell will have $1,182,480 for pool renovation that adds a community center and leisure pool, as well as an upgrade of a joint use sports field.
- Carnation will have $102,799 to develop Loutsis Park for youth recreation and renovate Memorial Park with paths, park benches, bike racks, picnic tables, and other enhancements, including rehabilitation of the tennis courts.
- Duvall will have $253,549 to acquire 30 acres for baseball and soccer fields.
- Redmond will have $4,011,667 to develop its 16.5-acre Avondale Community park and will purchase an additional 25-50 acres for a community park with sports field in the South Sammamish Valley. They will also purchase several small properties downtown for active park sites.
- Woodinville will have $888,748 to develop the Wilmot Community Park plan and Queenswood Park, including trail connection and children's play structure. They will also develop Wellington Neighborhood Park and acquire and develop the Wellington Pond Interpretive Facility.
- In our area of unincorporated King County, we'll have $7,899,000 for Snoqualmie Trail trestles from Duvall, money for Woodinville East Athletic Field purchase, and Section 36 ball field development on the Sammamish Plateau.
The second most important part of the bond issue is money to be spent on critical resources. Our area will receive $22,700,000 for farm, forestry, and waterways projects.