May 25, 1998
Andrew Walgamott/staff photo
Kellie Rose Wallace shows off a squirming rainbow trout she caught from the new fishing pier at Cottage Lake Park. Her mother, B. Lorraine Wallace, admired the catch.
by Andrew Walgamott
WOODINVILLE--It was like the opening of fishing season all over again, but only a month later than usual. Last week the new pier, parking lot and boat launch at Cottage Lake Park were opened for anglers and other park users. The park has been closed since last August due to construction.
About a half-dozen local residents checked out the dock around 2 p.m. last Wednesday afternoon, some fishing and others just down for a look-see. "We're happy it's open," said B. Lorraine Wallace, a Lake Leota area resident. She and her daughter Kellie Rose Wallace, avid fisherwomen, spent the afternoon angling for the thousands of chubby rainbow trout the State Department of Fish and Wildlife planted earlier this spring. With public access closed until now, there has been little fishing pressure. They caught two rainbows within 15 minutes. "Cottage Lake has always been good for fishing," noted B. Lorraine.
"The main thing was getting the dock open as soon as possible for public use," said Al Dams, King County Parks spokesman. "We know lots of folks like to fish out there." King County acquired Norm's Resort in 1991 from Norm Fragner who operated a resort here for a number of years. The park is in the midst of a $1.8 million rennovation.
Luigi Marinoni came down to eat his lunch on the new dock. He said he would probably bring his son down later that night to fish. "Ten years from now, we'll be able to say we were here when it opened," said Marinoni, a Woodinville drywaller. He and the Wallaces watched as bulldozers graded the rest of the park. A chain link fence separates park users from construction.
Despite the fence, visions of the future park swam in their eyes. "I think it's going to be beautiful when it's finished," said B. Lorraine. Plans call for a small concert amphitheater, a large grassy play area, a zig-zagging boardwalk, replanted wetlands, 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.
Dams said the rest of the park wouldn't open until fall. "We're not ready to nail down a late September or early October opening," he said. Park users can find restrooms at the pool, which opened Memorial Day.