Northwest NEWS

May 8, 2000

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New and improved Park at Bothell Landing reopens

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The newly renovated Park at Bothell Landing features new lighting and an amphitheater that will seat 300.

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The upgraded grounds of the Park can once again be enjoyed by area residents.

Staff photos by Bronwyn Wilson.

by Bronwyn Wilson, senior staff reporter

   In the late 1800s, settlers docked their boats at Bothell Landing to stock up on supplies. Fast forward a little over a century. It is May 2000, and Bothell Landing is now more than just a dock. It is a renovated park with upgraded lighting and a new amphitheater that seats 300.

   With landscaped walkways, which are handicapped-accessible, and new double-sized public restrooms, bike riders, skaters, joggers, and picnickers can once again enjoy the park's picturesque grounds.

   When asked how he would describe the park's new look, Clark Meek, park superintendent, answered with definite enthusiasm, "Complete."

   The original park at the landing was built and dedicated in 1978. When a bridge was erected in 1981 to connect the park to the Burke-Gilman bike trail, lots of people crossed over from the trail, many stopping to use the park's restroom facilities.

   The park began to deteriorate with heavy use. In the late 1990s, the park and the amphitheater were shut down due to unsafe conditions. The "Music in the Park" concert series came to a halt.

   But in June 1999, renovation began, and on Friday, May 5th, a ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomed the opening of the new, beautifully refurbished Park at Bothell Landing. Bothell Mayor Mike Noblet, the City Manager, and the Park Board were on hand for the celebration.

   The "Music in the Park" concert series will begin again this summer, along with the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Concord on July 4th. The Bothell Historical Museum will reopen on May 28th with its "Petals in the River" ceremony honoring veterans on Memorial Day.

   For information on a complete schedule of summer events, call 425-486-7430.