MAY 19, 1997

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Wilmot Park receives state grant funds

state grant funds The City of Woodinville Parks and Recreation Department reports that the Wilmot Gateway Park received a total of $287,000 in state grant funds during the 1997 legislative session ending in April. The funds, obtained through competition with other agencies, park districts, and state projects, will become available in July.
   The park was rated the third best project in the state for providing public access to water by the Department of Natural Resources and the eleventh best local park project by the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation.
   The City is awaiting approval of state permits necessary to work in the sensitive shoreline area on the Sammamish River and a Cooperative agreement with King County prior to starting construction. Though site work was originally slated to start this summer, Director of Parks and Recreation Lane Youngblood says the City will proceed when all the documentation is complete.
   Located across from the Sorenson ballfields on 131st Avenue NE near the intersection of NE 175th Street, the park was designed by the Bellevue firm of Jongejan, Gerrard, and McNeal and a large group of citizens including members of local garden clubs, developers, and other community volunteers. Plans call for covered picnic tables, parking, restrooms, play equipment, and a large grassy area for outdoor concerts. The site will be shaped to allow visitors to view the Sammamish River and will include plantings along the river to enhance habitat for native species of birds, mammals, and fish.
   In addition to the state grant funds and City real estate excise tax revenues dedicated toward funding the project, a private donation campaign lead by local civic groups is supporting the construction of the park with bricks and tiles engraved with the names of individuals and businesses. Deputy Mayor Don Brocha, chairman of the Wilmot Steering Committee, reports that already over $205,000 has been pledged toward the goal of raising $650,000 of the $1.5 million construction costs. "Every brick and tile brings us closer," says Brocha, who reports that the park is scheduled to be the beneficiary of both the Woodinville Roundtable Wine Festival scheduled for August 9 at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and the Woodinville Rotary Club annual auction on August 10 at Columbia Winery.
   Anyone wishing to order a customized engraved tile or brick or wanting more information on the park may contact the City Parks and Recreation Department by calling 489-2700, ext. 246.