SMITH COVE PARK UPDATE December 2017 Seattle Parks and GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) hosted a project update meeting at Blaine School in Magnolia on December 5. David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Senior Planner and project manager hosted the meeting. He presented the current strategy and answered questions along with Tess Schiavone of GGN.
(Check out this link for GGN presentation graphics from the December 5, 2017 project update meeting: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/smith-cove-park-development ) As in the SCP September Update, David again pitched a phased scenario for moving forward with construction of the west parcel. In Phase 1, use the available budget (plus an additional, time sensitive, $500,000 from King County only for the athletic fields) to address the drainage and field improvements, a walking path, off-leash area (1/2 acre in Phase 1; one acre in Phase 2), temporarily site two beach volleyball courts (3 courts in Phase 2 on east parcel), colorful crosswalks and traffic calming paint on the bisecting road, clean up and cut back vegetation and create a staircase to the beach in the original Port’s SCP (S end of east parcel). Building permanent restrooms near the CSO facility on the east parcel can be funded separately (most demanded by FoSCP, public and recommended by Design Commission).
The east parcel is securely fenced will remain so until additional funds are secured. This is a management issue solution for SPR. Per David, SPR would seek funding for the east parcel from various sources including the general fund, Metro Parks budget and other available grants.
Previously, the Port had been exploring options to renovate the east shoreline of SCP and increase fish-friendly underwater vegetation in the bay between SCP, the marina and the cruise terminal. Further examination of this potential work is on hold for now.
The Port must do some internal “percolating” about this potential project and joint relationship with SPR. The FoSCP and all SCP supporters have faith in the Port’s commitment to Seattle’s public and park users who deserve a beautiful waterfront at SCP.
Overall, the meeting was friendly with many questions from the audience.
Funding and how to ensure the completion of the east parcel was most discussed. Confirmation by David that this Phase 1 focus on the west parcel is the plan!
Observation that improved soccer fields will bring families from all Seattle neighborhoods to SCP. Likely to increase the pool of SCP supporters substantially!
The off-leash area supporters, beach volleyball supporters and athletic field supporters were recognized by David for their overall support for the whole park besides their specific elements.
SCP Advocates!! Speak up for completion of SCP! Email the Seattle Park District Board members (aka City Council members)!!
President: Debora.Juarez@seattle.gov 206-684-8805
The Friends of Smith Cove Park THANK YOU for supporting this future waterfront park!!