November 18, 2002
Town-Gown Loop ties community together
BOTHELL - City of Bothell Mayor Bob Bandarra, UW Bothell's Chancellor Warren Buck and President of Cascadia Community College, Dr. Victoria Mu–oz Richart, recently took part in the unveiling of a public arts project at the University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Community College (UWB/CCC) campus. The project was funded by the Lodging/Tourism Tax.
"The Town-Gown Loop celebrates the partnership of the City, University of Washington-Bothell, and Cascadia Community College," said Community Development Director Bill Wiselogle. "We hope that it entices students, faculty and staff to enjoy the attractions of downtown and conversely, local residents to explore the beautiful campus." After two years of planning and coordination, Wiselogle anticipates the benefits the project has for Bothell citizens and local businesses. "The Loop is intended to be informative and entertaining," he explains, "And it's a sneaky way to get people to exercise."
The Loop is about two miles long and runs from the UWB/CCC Campus to downtown Bothell and curves at the western end of the Sammamish River waterfront. The trail involves twenty locations including the Downtown Fire station, Bothell City Hall/Police Station, Northshore School District Ricketts Building, Bothell Regional Library, Park at Bothell Landing, Bothell Cemetery and the UWB/CCC campus. A granite and basalt boulder is placed at each location bearing two bronze plaques - a standard marker for the Loop, and a plaque unique to each boulder, describing an historical event or geographical fact concerning Bothell.
The standard plaque highlights the Bothell High School mascot cougar in a top hat, representing the City of Bothell, and the fact plaques illustrate an owl in a mortar board, representing UWB/CCC. The characters were drawn by local artist Robin James, who runs Artistree Gallery in Country Village. Text and overall design are the brainchild of Wiselogle.
There were a number of people and organizations involved in the Loops' fruition. Staff from the City of Bothell Public Works Department helped select boulder locations, painted directional stencils to assist pedestrians in navigation of the path, and improved two sections of sidewalk included in the Loop. The plaques were cast by Advance Marking Systems of Seattle, and boulders were purchased from and placed by Alpine Rockery of Woodinville. Insets for the plaques were ground by Alexander's Stone Art of Kenmore, and directional stencils were fabricated by Zumar Industries of Tacoma.
As part of the dedication, Bandarra talked about the historic background and purpose of the Loop, and Buck and Richart spoke briefly about the partnership between the city and the local institutions.
For additional information, call 486-8152 or via email at Bill.Wiselogle@ci.bothell.wa.us.