April 1, 2002
City's 9th anniversary and major milestones
by Bronwyn Wilson
Senior Staff Reporter
On Easter Sunday, many in Northshore celebrated by attending church, getting together with friends and hunting for colored eggs.
However, March 31, 2002, was also noted for another special event. On that day, Woodinville marked its ninth anniversary as King County's 32nd city (out of 39) to incorporate. In May 1992, Woodinville's citizens voted to incorporate, which became effective March 31, 1993. Nine years ago, City Hall occupied one room in the old Woodinville Schoolhouse and consisted of six employees who worked in the Public Services Department. The staff represented the Planning Department, Finance, Police, Public Services and support staff.
The shopping center across from Molbak's and the Woodinville Cineplex didn't exist at that time. Neither did the numerous eateries that now offer up countless choices from stir fry to one-pound burritos.
Today, City Hall has moved from its cramped quarters in the schoolhouse to a 24,000-square-foot, two-story facility. The staff has grown to over 50 employees and seven service departments. Some of the city's major milestones over the past nine years include:
¥ Sponsored first 4th of July Fireworks event
¥ Adopted city's first Capital Facilities Plan
¥ Created Woodinville Police Department
¥ Adopted the city's first Comprehensive Plan (a plan that sets development and growth guidelines in and around Woodinville over a 20-year period.)
¥ Opened Woodinville Heights Neighborhood Park
¥ Created Parks and Recreation Department and Commission
¥ Dedicated NE 195th Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway
¥ Opened DeYoung Park in downtown
¥ Dedicated Woodin Valley Trail, a pedestrian bicycle bridge over the Sammamish River
¥ Launched first city website designed by local junior high students
¥ Opened Wilmot Gateway Park; the city's flagship park connecting to the Burke-Gilman Trail
¥ Adopted Community Urban Forestry Plan
¥ Established Salmon Task Force to manage an effective response to the need for protection and enhancement of salmon habitat.
¥ Planned for year 2000 rollover
¥ Approved purchase agreement for downtown property to acquire Old Woodinville School, C.O. Sorenson and play fields
¥ Participated in the US Census for the first time
¥ Conducted survey on community park and recreation needs and desires
¥ Began Civic Center Master Plan Process
¥ Dedicated new City Hall building
¥ Opened mini-community center
¥ Launched new city website and employee intranet site
¥ Purchased key park and open space properties