In April 2014, the Board of County Commissioners awarded a contract to Thompson Bros. Excavating Inc. to build Chinook Neighborhood Park and Dogwood Neighborhood Park. The contractor could begin preliminary work in May, although major work likely won't get underway until the weather is relatively dry. Both parks should be completed and open for public use before the end of 2014.
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Chinook Neighborhood Park is located between Northwest 139th and 149th streets, east of Skyview High School in Salmon Creek. Access to the property is from Northwest 7th Place on the north and Northwest 142nd Street on the south.
This undeveloped 5.4-acre neighborhood park features trees, wetland and riparian areas. Local youth currently use the property as a shortcut to Skyview, Alki and Chinook schools. The property connects to the Whipple Creek Greenway and a tributary of Whipple Creek runs across the north side of the park.
Clark County sets the budget for each park project based on site-specific conditions such as wetlands, other natural features, and the need for curbs and sidewalks on adjacent streets. The approved budget also includes funding for neighborhood park features such as playground equipment, trails, picnic tables, landscaping, a sports court, and benches. The types of features that will be included in this park will be determined with public input during the coming months.
Major decisions about what the park will look like and what features it will include will be made during planning and design. Project staff relies on public input to help guide this process. Your input will:
- Help us understand and respond to the needs and concerns of your neighborhood.
- Help us understand which park features are most important to you and your neighbors.
- Help us learn about the potential for community fundraising to add features to the park.
The first project newsletter and comment form were mailed out in early December 2010 and comments were accepted through December 20, 2010. An electronic version of the comment form was also available on this Web page.
Staff presented two different draft concept plans for the park to neighbors for review and input at a public meeting in January 2011. Postcard invitations were mailed to neighbors in advance of the meeting.
Staff mailed and emailed an updated draft concept plan for the park to neighbors in early March 2011 for review and additional input. The preferred draft concept plan was approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission at a public meeting on April 15, 2011.
March 2011 newsletter with the updated draft concept plan (PDF)
January 2011 Public Meeting
December 2010 Comment Period
Design and construction of Chinook Neighborhood Park may be funded by a combination of:
- park impact fees, which are collected whenever a new residential property is developed,
- the real estate excise tax, which is collected whenever homes are sold in Clark County and
- Greater Clark Parks District property taxes.
After construction, maintenance of the park will also be funded by the Greater Clark Parks District, which is a special district approved and funded by voters in the unincorporated urban area of Clark County in 2005.
Robin Washington, Project Manager
Clark County Public Works
Phone: (360) 397-6118 ext. 4572
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