MARCH 24, 1997
Bothell Landing renovation approved
by Andrew Walgamott
Last week, Bothell re-allocated $500,000 for renovations at Bothell Landing and $26,000 for work at Cedar Grove Park. Funds will be drawn from the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) originally tagged for the purchase of the park at Thrasher's Corner. Already, $350,000 has been scheduled for the Bothell Landing project.
According to Bothell Park Superintendent Clark Meek, Bothell received adequate funds from Snohomish County to cover the costs of acquiring the Thrasher's Corner site. Also, $526,000 was re-allocated to improvements at Bothell Landing and Cedar Grove Park.
"It's nice knowing that we have the funding set aside, and that's always a big hurdle," Meek said.
Constructed in 1975, Bothell Landing has become an important focal point for the region. In the past ten years, wear and tear to the wooden dock, amphitheater, and walkways have become apparent at the park. Budget constraints led to "band-aid" attempts at repair, according to a staff report.
A master plan, outlining a renovated facility while still keeping the historic focus of the park, was created after meeting with consultants Hough, Beck & Baird, Bothell Parks and Recreation, and community groups. The plan was adopted by the Parks and Recreation board and approved by the City Council.
According to a staff report, improvements at Bothell Landing include:
Meek said the next step was the permitting process and waiting for a construction window to work with the Corps of Engineers and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
- renovating the amphitheater and brick court;
- enlarging the seating capacity of the amphitheater;
- creating a new performance area;
- improving the restrooms;
- and removing the dock and restoring the original shoreline of the slough.
Also allocated was $26,000 in REET funds for the removal of asbestos and the preparation for the destruction of buildings at Cedar Grove Park, located near Canyon Park, according to the report. Also approved as part of project costs was a contract extension for more than $99,000 for continued design and permit work.