by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--The city is looking to get another boost in parks by way of the Waterford Park transfer, and the Woodinville Valley Trail design work is about to begin with the selection of a consultant.
Transfer of Waterford Park, 4.13 acres owned by King County on the South Bypass, adjacent to the Burke-Gilman Trail and Tributary 87, is currently before the King County Utilities and Natural Resources Committee, going from there to the full council.
Existing facilities include a tennis court, half-court basketball, picnic shelter, and three picnic tables. The site is handicapped accessible and includes paths, landscaping, and a parking lot for six cars.
"Hallelujah!" said Councilmember Lucy DeYoung. "It's only taken us four years to get this property. I'm very pleased we have money in the bank and that it provides a link to the trail and the downtown core."
The city is beginning the interlocal agreement for the transfer.
Mayor Bob Miller said the park, located between two apartment complexes, is "one of the best-kept secrets in Woodinville."
Additional valley trail
The city is on the verge of selecting a consultant to do cost estimates and preliminary engineering for the Woodinville Valley Trail, a joint city, county and state project intended to connect the existing Burke-Gilman Trail with Tourist District destinations.
Phase I includes a non-motorized bridge at NE 145th Street over the Sammamish River connecting with the existing trails at Columbia Winery and Redhook Brewery. It adds an at-grade crossing over the railroad tracks and a crossing over SR-202 for access to the J.B. Sod Farm and Chateau Ste. Michelle.
Planned are temporary facilities for equestrians until completion of the county trail on the west side of the river and a bridge at the Tolt Pipeline.
As funding for the project, the city received $200,000 in federal grant money through ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transportation Enhancement Act) administered through WSDOT. The city's current share is $27,000 to the county's $240,000 and a federal share of $200,000, numbers which will likely change after engineering and project costs come to light.
The city plans to work closely with Tourist District property owners and possibly the Heritage Corridor group to include their concerns in the city's decisions. The city plans to go for bids in winter 1997.