Northwest NEWS

May 22, 2000

Local News

Woodinville's Gateway to be 'Pretty as a Picture'

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Artwork by Northshore students Amy Cattle (top) and Cameron Rahman will be enlarged and placed on the train trestle in Woodinville. The two pieces depict the contest theme, "Keep Waterways Clean." Placement is expected in mid-June.

by Bronwyn Wilson

   Both sixth graders heard the news from their moms.

   Amy Cattle explained, "My mom and I were driving out of Woodinville in the car and my mom asked, 'Have you heard anything about the art competition?'" Amy said she hadn't. Then her mother let her in on the wonderful news and told her that her art entry was one of the two chosen for the City's enhancement project.

   "I didn't believe her at first," said Amy, a student in Ms. Smith's class at Woodin Elementary.

   Amy had entered the City of Woodinville's youth art competition which requested submissions of original art creations to help in the design of a gateway entrance project in Woodinville's downtown area. The winning artwork would be displayed for one year on a mural at the railroad trestle, north of 175th St. NE.

   Cameron Rahman, a student in Mrs. Collyer's class at East Ridge Elementary School, had also entered the art competition. When he came home from school, he heard from his mother that his picture had been chosen for the trestle gateway. He, too, didn't believe it at first. Then he realized it was true. "I was just amazed," he said.

   The two sixth graders' winning pictures will be expanded to the size of the wing walls of the trestle and reproduced on vinyl material developed in conjunction with 3M. The theme, "Keep Waterways Clean," was chosen because of the emphasis on the Sammamish River and other salmon bearing rivers.

   "It's a good exercise for elementary students, as well as all of us, to focus our energies on environmental improvement," said John Markuson, volunteer coordinator for the city. Cameron's picture depicts a large salmon leaping from a river against a background of evergreens and a bright blue sky.

   "I wanted a fish with a lot of energy," Cameron said. "We need to save the salmon."

   Amy's picture portrays a boy and girl cleaning up litter in a park. "I was trying to draw something that would express people helping the environment in some way," Amy said.

   Solicited from Woodinville elementary schools earlier this year, Amy's and Cameron's art entries were chosen from 60 artwork submittals. The two final drawings were chosen by the Facility and Transportation Citizens Advisory Panel (FATCAP).

   In the 2000 budget, the City Council approved the enhancement project for one or two City gateways. The project was passed on to FATCAP and they went to work on the trestle as their first project. They decided upon artwork drawn by children with the "Keep Waterways Clean" theme. FATCAP also recommended the bridge be repainted in a color theme to match Wilmot Park's steel structure and to have landscape enhancements along the edges of the wing walls.

   Since the time-honored railroad trestle didn't reflect the character of the city as it stood, AK Media/NW (Ackerley Group), Burlington Northern Railroad, and the Northshore School District, in conjunction with the City of Woodinville, undertook the Gateway Enhancement Project located at SR-202 between NE 175th and NE 177th Street. Plans were set in motion to provide a nice visual for the people passing through the City and to provide a "Protect the Environment" message. "We want to thank the City Council for allocating funds toward the Gateway Enhancement Project," Markuson said.

   Phase I will comprise painting and mural placement and Phase II will take care of the landscaping component. Several businesses have agreed to water the plantings on a regular schedule through the first two years.

   Both Amy and Cameron have won previous art contests through the Reflections program with the Northshore School District. And, both students like to draw. However, at this time, Amy doesn't have plans for a career in art, but Cameron does. He wants to become an architect and design houses.

   So far, Amy has told one friend about her artwork becoming a City landmark for one year. Cameron told lots of friends about his success in the competition, but none believed him. It wasn't until donuts were passed out in class and Mrs. Collyer announced the reason for the celebration that Cameron's classmates finally believed him.

   Cameron and Amy were given an official Woodinville pin and a certificate of recognition by Woodinville Mayor Randy Ransom at the Woodinville Council meeting, May 15.

   Members of the City Council personally shook the hands of the young artists. A dedication date for the placement of the two art selections is expected in mid-June.