Northwest NEWS

July 31, 2000

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Open House set for community ideas on Sorenson property

Community organizations and residents are invited to attend an Open House being hosted by the Woodinville Parks and Recreation Commission to gather ideas about recreation needs that will help create a five-year Recreation Plan. An important part to this long-range plan includes how the Sorenson property may (or may not) play a role in meeting the recreation needs and services identified by the community and stakeholders. Held August 3rd, the Open House will be at the Woodinville City Hall, 13203 NE 175th Street from 6-8 p.m.
   In 1999, the City of Woodinville acquired the 10-acre Sorenson School property for the purpose of developing it into a community/civic center complex. Currently, the City Hall and Chamber of Commerce offices are housed in the annex building on the property. Also on the property is the C.O. Sorenson School used by the Northshore School District. The school contains a small gymnasium and a warm water pool used for children's swim lessons and physical therapy. A sports field for soccer and softball is on the site as well. The City will soon relocate its offices when the new City Hall opens early next year. The Sorenson School buildings are nearing the end of their service life as a school. And due to these changes, the community is being asked to decide how the Sorenson site should be developed in the future.
   In June, the Parks and Recreation Commission received support from the City Council to undertake a multifaceted public outreach campaign to assist the Council in making decisions about the Sorenson Master Plan, the Recreation Plan and the funding mechanisms for parks and recreation.
   The outreach campaign includes professionally designed random statistical surveys that are currently being distributed to Woodinville city residents through volunteer efforts. In addition, focus groups will be conducted by the Parks Commission, and non-statistical surveys published in the City's newsletter and web page will provide further community input.
   For more information, call Lane Youngblood, Director of Parks & Recreation 425.398.9327 or email