October 16, 2000
by Bronwyn Wilson
Senior Staff Reporter
There's been an empty chair at the City Council meetings since Councilmember Solberg resigned last month.
However, on Monday, Oct. 9, Cathy Weiderhold, a charter member of the City's Parks and Recreation Commission, was unanimously selected by the City Council to fill the vacancy.
A resident of Washington for 23 years, Wiederhold has lived the last 10 in Woodinville with her son, Alex, a junior high student. She said she was interested in the Council position because she enjoys serving the city.
Said Wiederhold, "I've enjoyed working on the Park's Commission for the last four years and wanted to broaden my horizons about city issues and continue to serve the Woodinville citizens."
Acknowledging it will take time to become accustomed to city issues and to what the citizens want, she added, "I just want to learn more about the citywide issues and respond to that."
Parks are her passion and she has served as the Chair for Woodinville Parks Commission since 1998.
One huge accomplishment of the Parks Commission, and one in which she took part, was the creation of the Parks and Recreation Open Space Plan, a long-term vision for parks and recreation.
Another accomplishment of the Commission is the part the panel played in helping to guide and make recommendations to the Council in the early development of Woodin Creek Park and DeYoung Park.
In addition to Wiederhold's service on the Parks Commission, she also served on the Skate Park Task Force, a committee looking at locations for a skate/BMX park.
The skate park, she said, is still in the planning stages.
Wiederhold is employed in the Parks and Community Services Dept. in Bellevue.
She is the acting director of the North Bellevue Community Senior Center.
When she's not serving the citizens of Woodinville or Bellevue, she loves to ski, garden, rollerblade and exercise at the YMCA.
And what does she like most about Woodinville?
"I like the whole environment. I particularly like the response of the City staff. They're wonderful to work with."
Wiederhold's departure from the Parks and Recreation Commission leaves a vacancy where she once sat.
Woodinville's Parks Director Lane Youngblood said, "As much as I would like for Commissioner Wiederhold to continue serving on the Parks Commission, it's exciting to know that she will bring her dynamic leadership skills to the Council."
She added, "We are now looking for Woodinville residents who are interested in building the City's parks and recreation services and programs."
Cathy Wiederhold will take the oath of office at the Oct. 16 City Council meeting.
Her Council term for Position 2 will expire upon the November 2001 general election, at which time she could declare her candidacy for a Council position.
Six Council positions will be open in the November 2001 general election.
For more information on Council candidacy procedures and on how to apply for the Parks and Recreation Commission, contact Sandra Steffler, City Clerk at (425) 489-2700, ext. 223.