City buys 10 acres for park
SNOHOMISH - The city is really close to buying 10 acres in the northwest part of town for a new park that will likely include space for an off-leash dog park.
The city signed a purchase and sale agreement June 19 for the property located at 2000 Ludwig Road (renamed Weaver Road), west of Bickford Avenue.
“We’re off and running,” City Manager Larry Bauman said of the park project.
The city is looking at a closing date of Aug. 2, Bauman said.
The city bought the property from a private owner for $699,000, which Bauman said was a “great deal.” A big chunk of that — $585,500 — came from park impact fees and real estate excise taxes. The remainder of the purchase came out of the general fund.
There is currently a 1907 single-family farmhouse on the property, Bauman said, which will be discussed in the coming months as to what to do with it.
City project manager Ann Stanton said the owner of the house, who currently lives there, agreed to vacate the house upon closing of the property as part of the purchase and sale agreement.
The city’s options include keeping the house and using it for a park-related purchase, removing the house, or do a boundary line adjustment and sell the land the house sits on, Stanton said.
The property that would be affected by the possible house sale hasn’t been measured yet, Stanton said.
If the resident of the house hasn’t found a new place to live by the time the property closes, the city has agreed to lease them back the property for a short time, Stanton said.
“Just until they find a place to move to,” she said.
Stanton said she doesn’t want to make too many assumptions about the project’s future before the property closes.
“I’m very excited and happy to have such a beautiful property come into the city,” Stanton said.
The plan to add space for an off-leash dog play area in the new park is “a real need for the city,” Bauman said.
The city has been looking into creating an off-leash dog park for some time, Stanton said.
“We’d love to be able to serve that population that has a dog they’d like to run. If a dog owner wants to do that, they don’t have any options other than to drive somewhere.”
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