Northwest NEWS

January 28, 2002


Bothell plans meetings for future Thrasher's Corner Park

Bothell invites citizens to attend public meetings to help plan for the future 54-acre Thrasher's Corner Regional Park, located along 208th and 9th Avenue Southeast in the northern part of the city. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Bothell Municipal Court, 10116 NE 183rd St., and Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Bothell Police Department community room, 18410 101st Ave. Northeast. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m.
   The master planning process is designed to allow and encourage community input as to what elements are desired in the park development. Public comment is an essential part of the process used by both city staff and the Parks and Recreation Board in developing recommendations on a draft plan for ultimate consideration by the Bothell City Council in April. There are no immediate plans or funding to develop this park, yet the master planning process will result in a phased approach and will allow the city to apply for development grant funds.
   "The City of Bothell does its best to encourage citizens to participate in local government," said Bothell Public Works Director Dave Zabell. "These meetings are a tremendous opportunity for the community to share their ideas and really influence the park's future."
   In 1997, the city received grants from the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Grant Program for the full $2.9 million purchase price. Under terms of the grants, the park may not be developed for "active" uses such as ball fields or sport courts. Only "passive" uses are allowed, such as walking trails and nature interpretive facilities.