Snohomish makes plans for big westside park
SNOHOMISH - The city is planning how to utilize 10 acres of land at 2000 Ludwig Rd. the city bought last year.
Last year, the city considered plopping a big dog park on the site west of Bickford Avenue as part of the plan. An off-leash dog park is “a real need for the city,” city manager Larry Bauman told the Tribune last summer.
The city parks board met last week to plot a future for the site.
Part of the discussion included what to do with the 1907 farmhouse on the property.
The city could repurpose the building. A city report found that the home’s interior is in great condition. The 2,140 square foot house was upgraded and expanded in 1992 and has parking.
The park board looked over three park concepts last week.
All three concepts would have a children’s play area, an open lawn, an off-leash dog park, a habitat to preserve forest, Ludwig Road frontage improvements, 6-foot-wide sidewalks and fences on the north, west and south property boundaries.
All of the concepts preserve the wooded and wetland portions of the site for a variety of recreation, scenic wildlife habitat, and water quality benefits.
The city hasn’t allocated funds to develop the park yet, but the city does think it could use the land to raise money in the interim.
These potential moneymakers were described as a writer-in-residence program, renting to an individual who would provide herding dog recreational opportunities to the public in partial offset to rent payment, rental as a private residence, city offices, or any of several for-profit commercial ventures such as a coffee house, retail bakery, or restaurant.
The city bought the property from a private owner for $699,000, which Bauman said at the time 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.
The city’s parks board is scheduling a walking tour of the property this summer.
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