Communications Program Manager
KIRKLAND, Wash. –
On July 10, the Park Board will review three concepts for City investments at 132nd Square Park.
These concepts were initially presented at a public meeting held on June 20 attended by 55 community members. The meeting was the next step in the update of a Master Plan for 132nd Square Park. The concepts were developed based on input that City staff and consultants had gathered over a period of months during public meetings, open houses, an event in the park, and through an online survey. The first concept option features no parking expansion, a restroom remodel, informal sled hill, picnic shelters with a play area, and the addition of disc golf. The second option includes expanding parking by 20 additional stalls, a more structured sled hill, a new restroom, and a storage building. The third option includes features such as 60 additional parking stalls, a new restroom, picnic shelters, and a large storage building. Every option includes one synthetic and one natural playfield and the installation of lighting for the fields.
“The three options presented are intended to reflect the values and priorities we heard from neighbors and community members, including the desire to retain natural areas, open play areas, and the community sled hill,” said Park Planning and Development Manager Mary Gardocki. “We value all of the input we’ve received from the community. The incredible participation from neighbors is immensely valuable in ensuring that we arrive at a final project design that meets the needs of as many people as possible.”
The three conceptual options will now be presented to the Park Board at their July 10 meeting. After that meeting staff will take all the feedback they’ve gathered and use it to develop a more refined concept and budget to be presented at a Park Board meeting in September. City staff hope to have a final concept to present to the City Council in October.
“The concept that will be presented to the Park Board in September will likely include elements from all three options that are currently being presented,” said Gardocki.
Earlier this year the City announced plans to invest in 132nd Square Park’s ballfields, trail system and playgrounds in conjunction with a stormwater retrofit project that would improve drainage and reduce flooding on streets, sidewalks, and homes. Investments included upgrades to turf and lighting to allow for more people to use the park year-round. Aligning these investments with the stormwater retrofit created efficiencies since the retrofit would require crews to dig up at least one of the ballfields.
Community members still have multiple opportunities to share their input with City staff. An online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/132ndsquarepar
k. Public commented is also accepted during Park Board and City Council meetings. More information on the background and timeline for the project can be found on the City website at: http://bit.ly/132ndSquarePark