Northwest NEWS

August 17, 1998

Front Page

City, WHS getting word out on parking plan

   by Andrew Walgamott
   Staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE-Woodinville and Northshore School District officials will spend the next month informing students, parents and community residents about the city's finalized parking plan around Woodinville High School.
   The city unveiled the plan last week. It includes a ban on street parking on most roads around the high school as well as restricting parking inside nearby developments. It goes into effect Aug. 31. School starts Sept. 2.
   Last Tuesday, city and district officials discussed how to get the word out.
   According to Vicki Puckett, WHS principal, the city and school will host a public meeting September 16 at the high school theater to talk about why the decision was made to shut down parking around the school.
   The city began considering the plan after residents of Upland View, a neighborhood off of 130th Ave. N.E., complained that students parking along the road blocked their view up and down the street, and that kids littered when they walked through their development to get to school.
   The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
   Before then, though, Puckett said a joint city-school letter will go out to surrounding communities as well as inside an upcoming PTA newsletter; flyers will be posted on students' vehicles; police and a campus supervisor will monitor traffic; notices will be put on the city's and district's webpages and read on Falcon Radio.
   "I think we're hitting every communications means possible," said Marie Stake, city community services coordinator.
   But for all the effort to inform students about the new rules, the parking plan does little to answer questions about where overflow parking will go.
   There are 437 seniors in the class of 1999, and only 337 parking permits available to them, Puckett said. An additional 45 permits are made available to juniors, she said.
   The class left out are the sophomores, and while parking them may not be a problem at the beginning of the school year, it will become one later when more and more turn 16 and start driving.
   The city says only about 20 parking spaces have been removed by the parking plan.
   "When you look at the black lines," says the city's traffic engineer Roger Mason in reference to drawings of the plan, "[you may] say 'they've wiped out parking everywhere,' but the truth is, people aren't parking there now, or there really isn't any space there." For instance, he said there is no room for parking on the west side of 130th or the south side of N.E. 205th St., two areas where parking will be banned.
   Still, the plan has effectively forced the district to consider developing a portion of a 20-acre parcel they own adjacent to the school for additional parking. But it may take a while for approval and permitting.
   In the interim, Metro has agreed to allow students to park at the Woodinville Park and Ride. A district shuttle will then bus students to and from school.
   Puckett encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunity, saying drivers would get off of school grounds faster than waiting in the line out of the parking lot.
   Soon, the city will begin posting signs. Twenty-four hour "no parking" signs will be put up on both sides of 130th Ave. N.E. from N.E. 195th St. north to N.E. 205th St., 130th Pl. N.E. from 192nd Pl. N.E. north to 195th, 205th from 132nd east to 136th, and both sides of 136th from N.E. 192nd St. north to N.E. 193rd Pl.
   Without a map, that may seem confusing, so it's better to say students can still park along the west side of 136th except near a few driveways north of the school. There will also be signs restricting parking within developments to the south and north of the school between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.