Northwest NEWS

February 25, 2002

Local News

Thrasher's Corner Park meeting

The City of Bothell invites citizens to attend a community meeting to help "master plan" the future 54-acre Thrasher's Corner Regional Park, located along 208th and 9th Avenue Southeast in the northern part of the city.
   The community meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Bothell Police Department community room, 18410 101st Ave. NE.
   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.
   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."
   Bothell Parks & Recreation Division has been holding community meetings on Thrasher's Regional Park since early January. All citizen input gathered thus far is cumulative, building toward this third community meeting on Feb. 26 where master planning consultants, W&H Pacific, will bring a compilation of all discussions for review.
   Following this community meeting, the city's Parks & Recreation Board will present the draft master plan on Monday, March 11 to Bothell City Council, which is scheduled to finalize the master plan at their regular meeting on May 6.
   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.