Northwest NEWS

December 24, 2001


City projects in 2001 enhance the Northshore area

by Bronwyn Wilson
   Senior Staff Reporter
   With recent reports saturating the news about terrorists doing America harm, some people may have forgotten the good things about living in the Northshore area. There's a lot to appreciate about Woodinville and Bothell‹from the natural beauty of the scenic Sammamish River winding its way through the valley to man-made amenities like the paved trail that follows it. There are numerous reasons both cities attract visitors and new residents year 'round.
   Woodinville is known for being home to the nation's largest retail nursery. It's also home to a five-star hotel, picturesque wineries and a restaurant renowned for its nine-course menu of Northwest cuisine. Bothell is a mix of new and old. The high-tech campus shared by the University of Washington and Cascadia Community College sits a few blocks away from Bothell's historic old town on Main Street.
   In 2001, the two cities built for the 21st century while preserving community history as well as natural land and native habitats. Here is a slice of last year's projects undertaken by dedicated people working to enhance life in the Northshore area.
   In March, the city of Woodinville opened the doors to a brand new City Hall. The spacious and bright new building provides more room for city staff to carry out Woodinville's business with optimum efficiency. With the approval of the Woodinville City Council, an assortment of projects was completed or started last year. To begin with, the future site for Little Bear Creek Lineal Park and the Woodinville Skate Park was purchased and design consultants were hired. Road improvements were also on last year's schedule with asphalt overlays and new turn lanes. Committees of Woodinville citizens formed to discuss goals and policies, make recommendations, and work on mandated updates to the city's original Comprehensive Plan. Customer service initiatives were set in place, including a volunteer concierge program. And through the efforts of the city's plant squad, over 2,000 trees were planted along the Sammamish in coordination with the Releaf Project. Bothell held Releaf Projects last year as well.
   In addition, Bothell received a grant that will allow the city to take a full inventory of all species and conditions of trees within city limits on public property. The grant will be used to develop tree programs and education.
   Also in 2001, Bothell saw the completion of several building projects, including the Municipal Court Building and the Public Safety Building. Two major murals were created, each depicting scenes from Bothell's history. Both murals will greet shoppers from the side of downtown buildings.
   And among the city's favorite accomplishments of the year was the launching of Bothell's new cable channel BCTV. Bothell residents can now catch up on city news by tuning in to the new quarterly magazine show, Bothell City View.
   On the other side of the Sammamish, another project to enhance Northshore life was underway. Over at the Northshore Senior Center, devoted people spent much of last year working in a joint effort to see an Adult Day Center become a reality.
   A campaign for a $3.2 million bond on the Nov. 6 ballot took off. Explaining the need for the new facility to voters, 600 volunteers made 30,000 phone calls and passed out 140,000 pieces of literature.
   Marianne LoGerfo, Director of the Northshore Senior Center, and Egon and Laina Molbak, honorary co-chairs, spearheaded the effort to build a new facility that would serve the community's disabled.
   Other hardworking key people committed to the project included Pat Pierce and Sue Walsh, campaign managers; Terri Malinowski and Robin Buxton, communications; Carol Stipek, treasurer; Bob Matthews, presentations. There were also key people who worked with their own municipalities to get the bond on the ballot: Sandy Guinn and Mike Noblet, members of the Northshore Park and Recreation Service Area Board; Bob Miller, Woodinville; Elodie Morse, Kenmore; Louise Miller and Maggi Fimia, King County; and Barbara Cothern, Snohomish County. Steve Manthey of Pentalink Architects worked with the volunteers to design and create drawings of the new center, which were presented at dozens of community meetings.
   On Election Day, the bond passed with a 63 percent yes vote. Says LoGerfo, "It is a great satisfaction to us at the Center to live and work in a community that cares so deeply about their disabled and elderly residents. We hope that those interested in the project will join us now in the work of final design and construction. We look forward to completing the facility in fall of 2003."