MAY 12, 1997
Beautifying 'ugly ponds'
Also discussed at council were stormwater retention ponds located in neighborhoods. Doug Rice, a landscape architect with King County Water and Land Resources, presented a slide show on how some communities have beautified their "ugly ponds." Rice said it didn't take much to conceal ponds. Simply adding a screen of trees could do wonders to the aesthetics.
In his slide presentation, Rice showed how communities had used trees, ivy, fences, water fountains, basketball courts, and terraced ponds to disguise retention ponds. Rice said that deep-rooted pine trees and drought-tolerant blue oak grass were good to use around ponds.
There are 19 such ponds within the Woodinville city limits. Planting for each could cost as little as $1,500, according to staff reports. Funds would come from the Intergovernmental Services portion of the Surface Water Management Fund.
The first ponds slated for beautification would be the two above Albertsons along the Woodinville-Duvall Rd. Lowell Power and Frank Akiyoshi of the Woodinville Lion's Club expressed interest in working on the ponds. "We're just waiting and anxious and looking to help," said Power. Surface Water Coordinator Jenny Gaus said the Albertsons ponds would be worked on in the fall.
"This seems like a fantastic idea. It could set a precedent for new ponds," said Councilmember Barbara Solberg. The program has been a success in unincorporated sections of King County. Rice said there hadn't been a community that turned down his idea.
Council also listened to city manager recruitment presentations from Phillip K. Kushlan and Associates and The Oldani Group. A decision on a recruiter is expected at the May 12 council meeting.