Following its acquisition of the 89-acre Wayne Golf Course in late 2017, the City of Bothell is asking community members to help rename the property, which currently serves as a public park.
Until Feb. 28, members of the community will have the opportunity to share their name suggestions using an online form on the city’s website. The city has asked that the names be related to neighborhood or geographical identification, natural or geological features, local history or culture, a historical figure or a person who has made a significant contribution to Bothell.
“I’m in awe of the creativity and thoughtfulness from our greater Bothell community,” Bothell’s interim parks and recreation director Tracey Perkosky said.
Perkosky said new suggestions are coming in daily, with some memorable suggestions so far including Willow People’s Park, Chinook Meadows, Squak Crossing, Bothell Riverside Park and others.
The city’s decision to give residents the opportunity to name the park stems from a resolution passed by City Council in 2000. This resolution helped create a process for naming city parks in relation to public participation.
The Parks and Recreation Board will discuss potential names during a 7 p.m. meeting at Bothell City Hall on March 8. The public is welcome to attend.
Council is scheduled to consider park names at the April 3 meeting at 6 p.m. in City Hall. Public parks are named for a minimum of 25 years.
Although golf is no longer permitted in the park, local residents can use the space for other recreational activities.
“As long as it is not too soggy from the recent rains, the public can walk with a camera or run on the paths and grassy areas and enjoy the wildlife,” Perkosky said.
Perkosky added that paddleboards are also available for rent at Bothell Landing and that they can be a great way to enjoy the park’s river during the spring and summer months.
The park opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes before sunset. Parking is available at the nearby clubhouse, which used to serve the golf course.
Those interested in offering a park name suggestion to the city can apply online at tinyurl.com/ycc2cr5h.