Bothell City Council has adopted a master plan that will guide the coming reconstruction of the Park at Bothell Landing.
According to Mayor Mark Lamb, what comes next is finding a way to finance the project, which carries an estimated $10.7 million price tag.
Although Lamb and others said there could be some revamping of the plan adopted, a few key facets of that plan include:
• What’s been primarily dubbed a cafe of between 3,000 and 4,000 square feet. According to a staff report presented to City Council, the building could house a small ice-cream shop, or a small take-out food restaurant, with dining space inside and outside. As presented, the building would sit alongside the realigned State Route 522, close to what will be that roadway’s new intersection with State Route 527.
• Another new, small 1,200-square-foot building for kayak and boat rentals. This building also would sit along the realigned SR 522.
• A new covered picnic shelter with new restrooms.
• Reconstruction of the park’s pedestrian bridge.
• Additional parking.
• A new plaza complete with a decorative fountain.
• The parks board has recommended construction of a half-court basketball court to provide active recreation for older youths and adults, complementing the existing play area for youngsters.
Plans to revamp the park go hand-in-hand with plans to revamp and grow Bothell’s downtown. Now in the beginning stages, the moving of SR 522 to the south will add three acres to the 14-acre park. The Bothell Landing plan was developed by outside consultants with involvement from both a committee of city staffers, as well as the Bothell Parks and Recreation Board. Lamb said council largely adopted the design put forth by the parks board.
According to a staff report presented to council, there were some differences between staff recommendations and those put forth by the parks board.
For example, the parks board recommended leaving Bothell Landing’s several historic buildings, such as the Lytle House and the Beckstrom Cabin, in their current locations. Staff favored moving the buildings to the west, creating an open corridor from the coming new intersection of 522 and 527.
According to Lamb, the buildings stay put under the proposal adopted by council.
Councilman Tom Agnew said the pedestrian bridge needs to be rebuilt because of safety issues. According to the staff report, inspections show the bridge supports will need replacing at some point. The same report said about $500,000 already has been set aside for rebuilding the bridge, though it’s not clear at this point when reconstruction might take place.
In terms of financing the rebuilding of the park, Agnew said councilmembers largely have rejected the idea of asking voters to approve a bond issue in support of the project. But Deputy Mayor Joshua Freed later stated that might not be the case. He emphasized nothing had been decided regarding financing, that the project may have to be done in stages as money is found. According to Agnew, council plans on pursuing a combination of grants and other measures to find the needed funding.