SMITH COVE PARK UPDATE
On August 23, 2016, the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) were invited by David Graves, Sr. Parks Planner, to a meeting at the offices of Gustafson, Guthrie & Nichol (GGN). David Graves is in charge of the Smith Cove Project and GGN has been hired by Parks to build the project.
The GGN Team presentation included:
Site is a grand gateway, immersion in nature, active connections
Historical aspects of site by time periods may cover the Native Americans, early settlers, and the labor union unrest
Sports fields are the attraction/draw and serve multiple functions; people sit to watch games and views of land and water. The super-elite sports fields would be the heart of the whole park. The intention is to extend the playing season.
Alternatives to grass vs artificial turf, possibilities of vertical drainage
Infrastructure includes connections, parking, restrooms
Program for various size groups (medium to large, small, individuals), different sports, range of ages
How can people get to the park – existing roads do not provide direct access from adjoining neighborhoods
A public meeting will be held in October (no date yet); to present GGN and the phasing of the project.
The $6 million designated for Smith Cove Park was never enough to build the whole park.
Including all elements of the community-supported conceptual design (by Berger) would likely cost $10-$15 million.
Phase 1 of the project has funding; future phases do not. Athletic field supporters and Parks are pursuing other funding opportunities (grants, etc.) for Phase 1. This can be repeated for future
GGN will spec out various requested elements from the conceptual design in order to determine the cost of each.
Removal of fence around the east parcel (Per David Graves, King County has not completed all aspects of the construction. . .) is still pending. Input by FoSCP members:
Can less expensive elements of the conceptual design (off-leash area, beach volleyball) get included in Phase 1?
Over 750,000 cruise passengers arrived at the Port’s Cruise Terminal 91 last year, as a result cruise ships and docks are an important connection
Smith Cove Park a waterfront park. Pedestrian beach access is essential in order to balance park use.
Bike trails as connector to other parts of city including proposed Magnolia Trail from 32 nd W
The Port of Seattle is in process of redesigning North Bay – are there opportunities for creative access to Smith Cove? Possible coordination with the Port on shoreline softening? Federal
shoreline funding opportunites/grants available to the Port.
King County has committed in writing to open up the CSO facility to park users by moving the existing CSO fence.