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County parks plans continue to progress

SNOHOMISH — Improvements to the popular Flowing Lake Park are slated to begin September 2019, while other county parks projects remain in the pipeline.
To accommodate growing use, Flowing Lake Park’s entrance at 48th Street SE will be expanded from one lane to two. The park will also receive a new Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible ranger station.
A $500,000 grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund will go toward the construction, said Shannon Hays, a spokeswoman for the county parks and recreation department.
Other large-scale, future improvements at the park include developing the 157 acres of land the county bought in 2014 and renovating it. However, it’s too soon to say when the county might begin the park’s full facelift, Hays said.
Funding for the remaining 75 percent of the project’s cost has yet to be secured.
Other extensive parks projects, including the Carousel Ranch Community Park and Centennial Trail extensions, will likely be finished beyond 2019, Hays said.
Centennial Trail
The county continues to work on funding sources for two additions to the Centennial Trail. The 30-mile, multi-use paved path connects the cities of Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Arlington to Skagit County.
The county recently received a $485,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce to extend the trail southward from Snohomish to Woodinville.
It will cover 60 percent of design and engineering costs. At 30 percent complete, the south trail connection remains on schedule, although there’s no concrete date for estimated completion, Hays said.
A schedule on the county website suggests construction would take place from 2020 to 2021, pending funding.
“When we get funding, then we can say, ‘This is when development is going to happen,’” Hays said. “It’s too soon for us to say about development but we are still working on it.”
To the east, the future Monroe to Snohomish trail connection has been delayed due to a lack of funding, she said.
“We’re on a holding pattern because we don’t have enough funding yet,” Hays said. “This one will be a long game project.”
This trail would connect to the end of the Centennial Trail in Snohomish and run along the railroad tracks near U.S. 2. It would then connect near Lake Tye Park in Monroe, run through town, along the river and out toward Duvall, where it would meet up with the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.
More than 400,000 people use the Centennial Trail each year, according to the county.
Carousel Ranch Community Park
The county plans to submit for engineering and design permits for the future Carousel Ranch Community Park this month.
The 67.5-acre park will supplant the former Carousel Ranch horse farm about a half-mile south of the intersection of Maltby Road and state Route 9.
Park amenities would include four turf soccer fields with lights, an off-leash dog park, a small playground, trails, portable bathrooms, a maintenance shop and a parking lot.
The county parks and recreation department did not receive a $500,000 grant for the park as hoped. However, the county should find out if it won a different $350,000 grant from the state Youth Athletics Facilities grant program this month, Hays said.
It’s still too early to say when the park might open to the public, she said.
The county purchased the property for $9 million in 2015. Its name, of course, pays tribute to the acreage’s former life as a sprawling horse farm for nearly a century.
Trails meeting
The Centennial Trail Coalition is holding a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the administration building at Willis D. Tucker Community Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive in Snohomish. It will be an input meeting for updating the Trail Planning agenda for Snohomish County Parks. Parks staff will present plans. The group also is looking for board members and will be electing members at this meeting.

  

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