The public is invited to a free party on April 28 from 12 to 3 p.m. celebrating the completion of the Main Street Enhancement Project and to rediscover the many shops, restaurants and businesses in Bothell’s historic downtown. The event will welcome families to enjoy live music, kids’ activities and more.
Event festivities will include
- Official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
- Live music featuring Tweety and the Tom-Cats, 1 to 3 p.m.
- Bouncy house provided by Northshore Rotary Club
- Touch-a-Truck, with big equipment from the Public Works and Fire departments, as well as bicycle and motorcycle police
- Sidewalk chalk art, sponsored by Nancy Pipinich State Farm Insurance
- Specials, demonstrations and discounts from many Main Street shops and restaurants
- Local schools are in on the fun: Canyon Park Middle School will provide music and Bothell High School football players will be volunteering
- Food and drinks available for purchase at participating restaurants
- Happy Hour from 3 to 5 p.m. at participating Main St. businesses
This event is a partnership among the Main Street merchants, the Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce, the Northshore Rotary Club and the City of Bothell.
Main St. will be closed from Bothell Way to 102nd Ave. Northeast from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Party-goers and other visitors to downtown have several options for parking, including the City Hall garage at 18415 101st Ave. NE which is open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight daily and the temporary gravel parking lot near Baskin Robbins is open for Main Street public parking. Additionally, on-street parking is available on Bothell Way along the access lanes.
The project, which accrued construction costs of $5.8 million, revitalizes Main Street as a pedestrian-friendly downtown urban center, straightening the street’s curved alignment and framing the street with wide sidewalks and flexible parking areas. The project stretches two city blocks from Bothell Way to 102nd Ave Northeast. Modern urban design elements include wide, curbless sidewalks; space for outdoor dining, retail and gathering areas.
The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board provided a $4.7 million grant for the project.