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Kozy Kamp Neighborhood Park (formerly Stanton)

Current Status
Preliminary planning and design was completed in 2009. In December 2011, the county put this project on hold until additional funding for final design and permitting, construction and long-term maintenance of the park is available. More information about the park development delay.

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Project Description
This 5-acre property is located at 17410 NE 29th Ave., a few blocks south of Northeast 179th Street in the Fairgrounds area. It currently has rental house and a few other structures on it and is closed to public access. The county will remove the house and the other structures and salvage or recycle the materials before construction starts. The property is flat and grassy with a handful of trees around the perimeter.

The approved concept plan for this park includes:

  • Paved, handicapped accessible loop trail with multiple access points
  • Small playground
  • Small multi-purpose sports court
  • Natural playscape hill with trunk maze, habitat/native plan garden and slides
  • Informal open lawn play area
  • Picnic tables and benches
  • Additional trees and other landscaping
  • Space for an unfunded future gazebo or small picnic shelter
  • Garbage cans, bike rack and signage
  • Rebuilding NE 29th Avenue next to the park to remove the hill and improve safety

The Park's Name
Stanton was last name of the previous property owners, and was a placeholder name used by staff to identify the property prior to development. During the public outreach process for the park development, neighbors were invited to suggest new names for the park.

Neighbors were then asked to vote for their favorite through this Web page, by telephone and through a survey included in the Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association's monthly newsletter mailings. "Kozy Kamp Neighborhood Park" received the most votes, and was officially approved by the Board of Clark County Commissioners in January 2010.

According to the book Naming Clark County by Pat Jollota, Kozy Kamp was the name of a tourist motor camp and rest area once located near what is now the intersection of Interstate 5 and 179th Street. The “Kozy Kamp” was used by motorists traveling through western Washington before Interstate 5 was built. No trace of the camp remains, but the name still appears on maps of the area, a local tavern, and was the name of a Washington State Department of Transportation engineering field office up until 2002-03. The unique spelling probably references a popular brand of trailer-mounted, pop-up camper manufactured in Portland, Oregon starting in the 1930s.

Project Schedule
Spring-Summer 2009: Planning and preliminary design phase; public feedback obtained; proposed concept plan developed.
October 2009: Proposed concept plan presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission for approval; preliminary planning phase ends.

This project is currently on hold. Final design, permitting and construction will not proceed until additional funding is available. More information.

Public Participation
Project staff relies on public participation to help guide the design process. Your input:

  • Helped us understand and respond to the needs and concerns of your neighborhood.
  • Helped us understand which park features were most important to you and your neighbors.
  • Helped us learn about the potential for community fundraising and volunteer project to add features to the park.

The first project newsletter and comment form was mailed out to neighbors in May 2009. Several different develoption options were then presented for review and input at a public meeting in June 2009, and through this Web page. The updated proposed concept plan for the park was mailed to neighbors in a newsletter in August 2009, and was posted on this Web page, for additonal input. Neighbors were also asked to suggest and vote on a new name for the park in 2009.

For regularly updated information about this project, sign up for the project e-mailing list by filling out the electronic form at the bottom of this Web page.

August 2009 Proposed Concept Plan Newsletter (810 kb PDF)

June 2009 Public Meeting:

May 2009 Newsletter and Comment Form Mailing:

Project Funding
Design and construction of Kozy Kamp Neighborhood Park is funded by park impact fees, which are paid whenever a new residential property is developed, and the real estate excise tax, which is paid whenever property is sold. Maintenance of the park will be funded by the Greater Clark Parks District, a special district approved by voters in the unincorporated urban area of Clark County in 2005.

Contact Information:
Matt Hall, Project Managment Supervisor
Clark County Public Works
Phone: 360-397-6118 ext. 4225
E-mail: Matt.Hall@clark.wa.gov


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