JANUARY 13, 1997
Woodinville's newly-appointed Parks and Recreation Commission. From left are Linda Sarpy, Cathy Wiederhold, Randy Ransom, Malka Fricks, Larry Chime, and Carol L. Schmidt. Not pictured: Kari Powers.
Photo by Jeff Switzer.
by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--During incorporation and the city visioning process, Woodinville residents asked for more parks and recreation opportunities. That request is about to get another boost of adrenaline.
Last week, the City Council appointed the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission, a group of area residents reflecting a variety of backgrounds and geographic placement throughout the city.
"They're an outstanding group of people," said Lane Youngblood, director of Parks and Recreation. "Their enthusiasm is very contagious, and I think they will do a fantastic job."
Mayor Bob Miller said choosing among the 13 applicants was a challenge. "All of the commissioners were chosen strictly by talent," Miller said. "Everyone was qualified--that was what made it so tough."
Woodinville's Park and Recreation Commissioners:
Pos. 1: Linda Sarpy (two years). A 12-year resident of the area, Sarpy has been active in planning for the community, including the Northshore Comprehensive Plan and Woodinville Heights Park. She is a member of the Wellington-Leota Neighborhood Association and works for the Washington State Department of Transportation. She is also a King County Master Gardener.
"Parks have always been important to me, whether I'm strolling through, relaxing and reading, swinging on the swings, climbing the playground equipment, or just passing by," Sarpy said.
Pos. 2: Larry Chime (three years). A six-year resident of the area, Larry recently was the co-chair of the Civic Center Citizen Advisory Panel which recommended the purchase of the Sorenson complex. He is a private consultant working in real estate, marketing, and special project management.
"I believe it is an important responsibility for city officials to address the recreational needs of the community," Chime said. "The council needs help wading through all the issues and all the possibilities."
Pos. 3: Kari Powers (two years). A physical therapist at Evergreen Hopsital for nine years, Powers is a Wedge resident who has lived in the area for three years. She teaches water therapy exercises at the Sorenson Pool through the YMCA.
"I see a great potential in this city for the development of a parks and recreation system which would meet the needs of all its citizens: children and families, seniors, sports enthusiasts, and picnickers alike," Powers said.
Pos. 4: Malka Fricks (three years). Fricks is a seven-year resident of the community, a retired educator who has spent 24 years as a counselor and five years as a teacher. She is active in the senior community, boating, and sports.
"I believe that a comprehensive parks and recreation system is an integral part of a fully-developed community," she said.
Pos. 5: Carol L. Schmidt (three years). A 13-year resident of the area, Schmidt is an attorney with real estate experience. She lives in Reinwood, has been an ESL instructor, Girl Scout leader, and VITA tax volunteer while raising five kids.
"With a brand new commission, it's a great opportunity for us to come up with fresh ideas rather than following in the tracks of someone else," Schmidt said.
Pos. 6: Cathy Wiederhold (three years). Wiederhold has spent the past 15 years working for the Bellevue Parks Department and is currently responsible for scheduling and facilities management. She has a B.A. in recreation and park administration from WSU and has lived in the area for six-and-a-half years.
"I look forward to helping shape the future of Woodinville's parks," she said.
Pos. 7: Randy Ransom (two years). A 10-year resident of the area, Ransom is the maintenance operations manager for Bellevue's parks system, his duties including budgeting, planning, and capital development. He was also active in the development of the Woodinville Heights park development and has 16 years of parks experience.
"I know that the parks and recreation opportunities are an important part of a vital, growing city," Ransom said. "I hope to share in the successes of a new park system and be an active player in that development."
The Parks and Recreation Commission began its training and orientation this past weekend. One of the tasks on its horizon is developing a parks plan which implements the city's Comprehensive Plan.