May 25, 1998
Sims opens Preston Mill Park; dedicates Smith-Parker Bridge
King County Executive Ron Sims officially opened Preston Mill Park last week and announced that he is recommending a park master plan be developed beginning in 1999, six years sooner than originally planned. "Preston Mill Park has so much potential, I want to get started as soon as possible," said Sims. "Now that we've made the site safe for public use, we need to determine exactly how to develop it. This is where we'll really need the community's help. I'm encouraging citizens to visit the park and let us know what they'd like to see."
The master plan for Preston Mill Park would be completed in the year 2000. Suggestions already offered by community members include the re-creation of a historic mill operation and a railroad interpretive program. The King County Department of Parks and Recreation recently completed a number of improvements at Preston Mill Park to prepare the site for initial public access. The 22-acre location on the Raging River was acquired in December 1997 for $1.3 million from the Trust For Public Land. The site had been slated for development as a rock crushing plant.
Earlier in the day, Sims had rededicated the recently reopened Smith-Parker Bridge at the intersection of 328th Way SE and Preston-Fall City Road.