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Area parks receive special attention

Bothell Landing

Clark Meek, Bothell city park superintendent, and Pat Parkhurst, recreation manager, display future plans for Bothell Landing.
Photo by Matt Schroeder/Woodinville Weekly.

area parks by Matt Schroeder
Cottage Lake Park, Bothell Landing, and the Wilmot Gateway Park are receiving special attention from the Washington Wildlife Recreation Coalition.
   Founded in 1989, when Washington had very little public land, the WWRC is in the midst of a long-term campaign to buy, expand, and improve parks.
   City and county officials, volunteers, interested parties, and the press participated in the King County Road Show July 25, traveling to local and eastside parks. At each site, officials including King Co. Executive Gary Locke, Redmond Parks Director John Couch, and Director of Public Works Lane Youngblood explained how the WWRC has affected the site, and how the coalition will continue to make improvements.
   Once known as Norm's Resort, Cottage Lake Park was purchased by the WWRC in 1991 from a private company that had closed the park to the public for years. Renamed and open to the public, Cottage Lake already boasts remodeled showers and restrooms, an outdoor pool, a new play structure, and a lake stocked with fish.
   Last week, King County Councilmember and WWRC volunteer Louise Miller explained future plans for the park, to be completed by summer 1998. Footpaths will connect Cottage Lake to the Woodinville Library, Bear Creek, and Cottage Lake Elementary schools. The picnic structures will be replaced and existing asphalt will be removed.
   The Park at Bothell Landing grew by 12 acres in 1989, thanks to the coalition. This year's proposal includes putting the riverbank back where it used to be, and renovating the dock and the amphitheater.
   Built when the downtown population was only 5,000, the park now services over 26,000 people, and serves as a focal point for community events. A second phase of the project would improve parking lots.
   The WWRC is also involved with the future Wilmot Green Gateway Park in downtown Woodinville. Eventually it will be a 5.3-acre riverside park, with a boat launch, picnic pavilion, bike paths, and a large multipurpose grass field.