AUGUST 18, 1997
Cottage Lake Park renovations begin
by Andrew Walgamott
King County and Woodinville officials gathered last week for a barbecue at Cottage Lake to celebrate upcoming renovations to the 22.5 acre county park.
"This will be a gem, one of those things you put in King County's crown and say 'wow!'" Ron Sims, county executive said at the groundbreaking. Improvements slated for the park formerly known as Norm's Resort include a new pier, boardwalks, an enlarged play area and wetlands replanting.
"I've lived on this lake since 1973 and I've been waiting a long, long time for this," King County Councilmember Louise Miller said. County Parks and Recreation and the Department of Construction and Facilities Management will work together to make a number of improvements to the park during $1.8 million Phase 1 renovations.
According to plans, major improvements this summer include:
* A boat launch at the west end of the park, accessible by vehicles for vessel drop off. There will be parking near the launch for disabled persons;
* A new fishing pier adjacent to the boat launch
* A terraced performance stage and amphitheater in the eastern section of the park. The amphitheater may hold up to 350 people;
* A 195-foot, zig-zagging boardwalk constructed over the mouth of a creek draining into Cottage Lake;
* A large, open play meadow where a paved road currently runs;
* Replanting of seven acres of wetland and riparian habitat in the center of the park;
* Additional picnic shelters, restrooms and 44 more parking spots.
The western end of the park will be used for active recreation while the east side will be reserved for passive use, according to Kirk Hackler, the architect who designed improvements.
Bud Parker, county project manager, said construction will finally begin August 25 after a long wait for permits.
Parker said there were "more permits [required] on this project than any other," due to work to be done in the central wetlands of the park. Permits had to be secured from the Army Corps of Engineers, State Department of Fisheries and King County.
The park, except for the swimming pool, will be closed during work. The pool closes after Labor Day. The county expects construction to wrap up next summer.
Executive Sims and Councilmember Miller worked a bank of barbecues, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for the dignitaries and more than three dozen students from Evergreen Academy who gathered at the park.
Phase 2 improvements, which the county is seeking funding for, would include new tennis courts, more picnic shelters, a cover for the performance stage, restrooms and additional parking.
Executive Sims said Cottage Lake would become a regional park. "I'm very excited that King County will be able to restore the glory of a great park that was known for years as Norm's Resort. I think it's wonderful that this park will again be a favorite site for the community and a true regional destination," Sims said.
He credited Councilmember Miller as being "the energy and sheer force" behind improvements at the park. Councilmember Miller said local partnerships were key in making the renovations happen for the treasured park.
"Cottage Lake Park has tremendous cultural and aesthetic history in the Cottage Lake area, and many local citizens have played a significant role in its restoration. I am confident that King County is developing a resource here that will be heavily used and cherished in this community," Miller said.
Woodinville Deputy Mayor Don Brocha extended an offer from the city to coordinate parks' programs with the county. Mickey Fearn, county recreation and aquatics manager accepted the offer.
King County acquired the park in 1991 from Norm Fragner who operated a resort here for a number of years.