August 13, 2001
40-acre deal doubles city's open space
WOODINVILLE - On Monday, Aug. 6, the Woodinville City Council accepted a large land donation and agreed to a purchase and sale agreement of $25,000 which will bring a 40-acre parcel into the city's Open Space Inventory.
The vacant, heavily forested greenbelt area near downtown Woodinville is located on a hillside overlooking the Samammish River and State Route 202 immediately east of the Arbor Ridge subdivision.
The land donation and purchase, initiated by Lakeside Industries, represents the single largest landholding by the city.
"The chance to give the community and future generations this open space area was quite an honor for the City Council," said Mayor Randy Ransom. "The generosity of Lakeside is astounding," he added.
The agreement will help the city meet its commitment to maintaining its Tree City USA status, its policies for protecting environmentally sensitive areas, its goal of buffering residential areas from industrial and commercial settings and preserving habitat for wildlife.
The council acted on a recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Commission made in November 2000 after the completion of a report summarizing the benefits and constraints of the property in relation to the community needs for parks and open space documented in the city's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, adopted in 1989.
Commission Chair Liz Aspen commented, "The commission felt is was an offer we couldn't refuse. We are thrilled the council approved the donation."
Parks Director Lane Youngblood noted that this donation epitomizes the city's Land Donation Program goals.
"The city received a tremendous area to be conserved as open space and the property owner gained tax benefits," she said.
Anyone interested in land donation information or the Lakeside action is asked to contact Park Planner Bob Wuotila at (425) 289-2700 x 2231.