Twenty years of work came to fruition today as elected officials, Port and Parks & Recreation staff joined Magnolia residents to celebrate the establishment of Smith Cove Park. Smith Cove advocate and indefatigable force, Bruce Carter quoted Mr. Rogers’ famous line of “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” After several days of rain and overcast, there was no need for the rain canopy set up early as blue skies and sun greeted speakers and well-wishes alike.
Speakers King County Councilmember Larry Phillips who MC’d to Mayor Mike McGinn as well as City Council member Sally Bagshaw and former Port Commission President Gael Tarleton, now state legislator, lauded the accomplishment as a great addition to Seattle and incredible bringing together three governmental bodies. County Executive Dow Constantine said “By partnering with the Port and City, we were able to transform this underused property into a tranquil public place along one of Seattle’s most scenic shorelines.” All speakers, including Magnolia Community Club President, Steve E. DeForest, acknowledged that only through the tireless efforts of community residents from Magnolia, Queen Anne and Interbay and the persistence of Bruce Carter did the Pier 91 West Yard become a place for community recreation and relaxation.
With views of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay Marina, and cruise ships or Mt. Rainier in the ships absence, this newly designated greenspace is within easy access of Magnolia by bicycle, walking, or car. Situated beneath the Ursula Judkins Viewpoint, residents need only follow the Elliott Bay Trail (Terminal 91 Bike Path) via either 20th Avenue West or 21st Avenue West from Thorndike Avenue West.
The Park and King County’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) Control Facility will be both a place of enjoyment as well as improve Puget Sound’s water quality. Both facilities have future development plans which can be found at www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wasterwater/CSO
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