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Salmon Creek Community Club Neighborhood Park (Fairgrounds area)

Current Status
The draft concept plan for this park was approved by the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission in June 2011.

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 4.5-acre park is located on NE 159th Street at NE 20th Avenue in the Fairgrounds neighborhood. The park property currently features trees and a small area of open lawn. Whipple Creek runs through the property along the northwest boundary and connects with the Whipple Creek Greenway to the north. Northwood Park Cemetery is located across the creek on the northwest side of the park. Because of the sensitive and protected riparian and habitat areas in the park, only one acre can be developed without costly mitigation.

The approved draft concept plan, which was developed with input from park neighbors, includes:

  • Small playground with equipment appropriate for mulitple ages
  • Basketball half court/sports court
  • Picnic tables
  • Walking trail
  • Small open lawn play areas
  • Benches
  • Formal park entrance at the corner of NE 159th Street and 20th Avenue
  • Removing lower limbs from trees to improve visibility, removig invasive plant species and dead/diseased trees and adding some new trees and other plantings
  • Bike rack, garbage can and park signage
  • Future, unfunded nature play area - this feature can be added to the park through community fundraising, grant applications or volunteer work parties and material donations
  • Future connection to a regional trail system along the creek

Why is it called "Salmon Creek Community Club Neighborhood Park"?
The park is named after a one-time local service organization that no longer exists. The Salmon Creek Community Club originally purchased the property in 1958 for $1,800 after conducting a series of fundraising events in partnership with the Salmon Creek Grange, the Garden Club, the American Legion Auxiliary of Salmon Creek, St. John's Lutheran Church and Salmon Creek Methodist Church, and even going door-to-door to collect donations from neighbors. For unknown reasons, the club's plans to design and build a public park on the property were never realized. They donated the land to Clark County in 1968, with the stipulation that it be used for a park.

Public Participation
Major decisions about what the park will look like and what features it will include were made during prelimnary planning and design. Project staff relies on public input to help guide this process. Your input:

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

The first newsletter and comment form were mailed to neighbors living within walking distance of the park in February 2011.

Staff used the input received to develop a draft concept plan showing what the park might look like. This plan was presented to neighbors at a public meeting and posted on this Web page for review and input in April 2011.

The plan was then revised based on neighbors' input and mailed out and posted online for final review and feedback in late May 2011. The final draft plan was then presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission for approval at a public meeting in June 2011.

Neighbors will be notified when funding is available to resume final design and constructio of this park.

June 2011 updated draft concept plan newsletter (PDF 2 MB)

April 2011 Public Meeting Materials

February 2011 Comment Period

Project Schedule
Early 2011- summer 2011: Preliminary planning phase begins; public feedback obtained; draft concept plan developed.
Summer 2011: Draft concept plan presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission for approval; preliminary planning phase ends.

After the draft concept plan was approved, this project was put on hold. Final design, permitting and construction will not proceed until additional funding is available. More information.

Project Funding
Design and construction of Salmon Creek Community Club 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.

Contact Information:
Don Andrews, Project Manager
Phone: 360-397-6118 x. 4362
E-mail: Don.Andrews@clark.wa.gov


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