July 20, 1998
Park work requires bike trail detour
by Woodinville Weekly staff
WOODINVILLE--Bicyclists and walkers who use the Sammamish Valley Trail in Woodinville, take note.
The city of Woodinville will soon detour you around Wilmot Gateway Park due to construction there.
According to Lane Youngblood, Woodinville parks director, crews will be excavating a boat launch at the future park this week. The launch will be at river level where the trail is now.
Wilmot Park is located in the 17300 block of 131st Ave. N.E. near City Hall.
Youngblood said southbound trail users will have to walk east on N.E. 175th St. to AM/PM then south on 131st to the south end of the park near the Waterford Apartments where a temporary path will jog back to the trail. Northbound users will do the reverse.
Youngblood said the trail would be detoured for two or three weeks. The Sammamish Valley Trail is known as the Burke Gilman Trail further west.
With a bulldozer flattening the trail's future path and crews readying concrete forms for large planter boxes and gate houses, Youngblood envisioned crowds lining a mini amphitheater.
"Isn't this going to be cool? Imagine 2,000 people listening to a swing band or watching a family show," she dreamed.
She said the park will open in mid-October and called for volunteers for a planting event Oct. 24. She said she needs 400 volunteers to help plant the park.
Those interested can contact her at City Hall, 489-2700.