Northwest NEWS

January 28, 2002

Front Page

Gateway Project owes success to local citizens and businesses

by Bronwyn Wilson
   Senior Staff Reporter
   At the railroad trestle overpass at SR 202, a remarkable transformation has taken place in downtown Woodinville. Plants and a brick retaining wall now adorn the trestle area where weeds and rocks once called home. The beautification of the trestle's surrounding embankments is part of the City Council's plan to develop identifiable gateways at significant portals to the City. The new changes are the latest additions to the Gateway Enhancement Project at the trestle where SR 202 and Little Bear Creek Parkway intersect. Much of the project's success is owed to the citizens and businesses that gave their time, money or discounts for services.
   Back in 2000, the City Council approved $20,000 for gateway enhancements at the railroad trestle. In June that year, the City formally dedicated the first stage of the project, which included painting of the bridge and artwork on the wing walls. The second stage began in September with a plan for landscaping. The plan included drought tolerant plants and a retaining wall.
   However, due to shortfalls for stage two, the project was held over for completion in 2001.
   The cost for stage two was estimated at $30,000 and the City Council authorized $20,000 for this stage of the project.
   Individuals and businesses stepped forward and made up the $10,000 deficit. Total Landscape granted the City a 10 percent discount for the construction of the retaining wall. The Woodinville Water District reimbursed the City $2000 for the purchase of drought resistant plants and wood chips. The Woodinville Garden Club wrote a check for $3000 to help with the purchase of the plants as well. Hertz-AA Rentals in Bothell offered a Case front loader with backhoe for three-day use and free of charge. RSC Prime Rentals loaned the City a track hoe. Vibrant Plants in Woodinville and Wetlands and Woodlands in South Everett also contributed plants. Volunteers from Americorp, University of Washington, New Life Church, Inglemoor High School, Leota Junior High and the Woodinville Plant Squad put in over 105 hours.
   Sir Plus, RJ Tires and Splash & Dash, property owners adjacent to the gateway, agreed to work with the City and provide stewardship for some of the maintenance. In March, wood chips and mulch will add the finishing touch, completing stage two. A dedication ceremony is on the docket for May .