By MICHAEL WHITNEY
Published February 3, 2021
Design ideas for new park to be revealed Feb. 24
Updates from the town hall
SNOHOMISH — When excavators took down Hal Moe Memorial Pool in 2018, and loaders filled the old hole, the green field at Third Street and Pine Avenue was already destined to become a park.
This year, the city is diving into designing it, and has scheduled a town hall
for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 to present ideas for what the community park could look like. Subsequent public comment meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of March, and potentially again in April, to help refine the plans.
The space being discussed at Averill Field is specifically the area of the greenfield and the Tillicum Kiwanis playground, city project manager Brennan Collins said. The skate park and the Boys & Girls Club are in the same city block.
The design company hasn’t shared the plan to city officials yet, Collins said. Lately, the city did earthwork on the site toward the site preparation.
The company Otak, Inc. was hired in August to design the Averill Field site as well as designing Homestead Park, the property at 2000 Ludwig Road, and to design plans for a pedestrian bridge between Cady Landing, the terminus for the riverfront trail, and Pilchuck Julia Landing off of Lincoln Avenue. City park impact fees are paying for the $132,000 contract with Otak; the fees are collected from new residential development in town.
Averill Field is named for Earl Averill, the homegrown Hall of Fame baseball player.
Five years ago, a volunteer committee about redeveloping the pool site evaluated constructing a multipurpose facility or an amphitheater at the site, ultimately recommending to turn it into a community park.
In Carnegie news
The Carnegie Building’s exterior is complete, and the interior is being worked on. The city hauled furniture into the building last week.
The next steps include working on the parking lot, doing landscaping work at the site and to bring back the war memorial stone, Collins said at last week’s parks board meeting. The war memorial is temporarily sitting at G.A.R. Cemetery.
There will be future public input meetings on the associated veterans park that will be on the site, Collins said. The veterans park will be put where the annex, a former add-on wing from the 1960s, stood on the south side of the building.
From the archives:
Michael Whitney photo
Backhoes took to work and demolished Hal Moe Pool Monday, May 14, 2018. The site at Third Street and Pine Avenue is turning into a green space park. The lettering and a few other elements of the building were removed for preservation before demolition. Hal Moe Pool closed in 2007. Hal Moe Pool broke ground July 25, 1970 and a community fundraiser paid to open it. It received a roof in 1988.
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