Among the items covered during the Edmonds City Council meeting study session Tuesday night, of particular interest was an update from Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite that the spray play area for City Park is “a week or two” away from completion.
Hite said that the city may host a ribbon cutting soon “If we have a sunny day or two” or “we may winterize it and have a ribbon cutting in May.” City Park is located at 600 3rd Ave. S.
Hite also noted, as part of a report on current and future parks projects, that the city’s draft Capital Improvement Project list includes the addition of fitness equipment to create “outdoor fitness zones” at Mathey Ballinger Park in the Lake Ballinger area and City Park next year.
And she said that a downtown Edmonds public restroom is also included in plans for 2016.
Among the other projects mentioned by Hite: the Dayton Street Plaza at 3rd and Dayton will be completed in 2015 and she also expects that the city will reach an agreement with the Edmonds School District this year to acquire the Civic Center playfield.
Of interest to some on the council was a project to renovate Meadowdale Playfields in partnership with the City of Lynnwood, Snohomish County and the Edmonds School District, including “installation of synthetic turf for year around play.” Acknowledging council concerns about their lack of control over the tire crumb-rubber infill just installed at the former Woodway High School, Hite said that City of Edmonds would have a say in the design of Meadowdale playfields.
Regarding the Woodway project, the city has not yet heard back from the school district regarding changes the council requested to the interlocal agreement, Hite said. The Woodway campus turf fields are now installed, and will be open for school use next Monday and community use in two weeks, she added.
Also discussed during the meeting was the status of the Sunset Avenue Walkway, also included in the list of Capital Improvement Projects, with Councilmember Joan Bloom questioning Public Works Director Phil Williams on what type of public involvement will occur once the pilot project has concluded. Williams said that the next step is to conduct an online survey about the project, and once those results are in and compiled, he would be willing to schedule a public meeting — including a town hall meeting, which some have asked for — to gather citizen input.
Finally, there was a fair amount of discussion about another project on the list — the veteran’s memorial planned for the plaza area outside of the Public Safety Complex. Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas requested that the council receive an update on the design after she heard citizen concerns about the project scope.
You can see the complete list of draft Capital Improvement Projects here. Citizens will have an opportunity to comment during public hearings at the Oct. 15 Planning Board meeting Oct. 13 and the Oct. 27 City Council meeting.
Also on Tuesday night, the council:
- Received a report from Edmonds Historical Museum Board president Bill Lambert regarding the museum’s third annual Edmonds Scarecrow Festival. Councilmember Lora Petso’s young grandsons Gus and Damian made a cameo appearance with their scarecrow “No Noggin.” You can learn more here.
- Heard a presentation from Edmonds Planning Board Chair Neil Tibbott.
- Agreed to move to the next council meeting’s consent agenda a proposal from the Edmonds Police Department to declare some property as surplus, and a Public Works Department proposal to replace two HVAC units serving the Edmonds Library Plaza Room and auditing and repairing, as necessary, the Frances Anderson Center steam traps.
- Discussed next steps for the 2015 NonRepresented Compensation Study
- Continued its review of a proposed Critical Area Regulations Update.