Status as of June 25, 2019

On June 24th the City Council considered whether to include park improvements on a ballot measure to fund a Community and Aquatics Center.  The Council discussed Ordinance 866 which would Authorize the "Placement of a Ballot Measure on the 2019 General Election Ballot to Authorize a Property Tax Bond Measure for a Community and Aquatics Center."  More information is available in the staff report

Ordinance 866, as presented on June 24th, did not include park improvements. The Council has directed staff to prepare an alternate version of Ordinance 866 that would include improvements to four parks to be discussed at the July 29 Council meeting.  The City Council is expected to decide whether or not to include other park improvements on July 29, 2019. 

The four parks in Table 1 have been recommended by staff.  The Council will decide whether to include these parks, other parks or park improvements, or no parks at all in the Property Tax Bond Measure. 

Table 1 - Potential Parks
 
Park

Estimated Cost
(in millions)

Brugger's Bog Park
19553 25th Avenue NE
Shoreline, WA 98133

 

$4.2

Richmond Highlands Park
16554 Fremont Ave N
Shoreline, WA 9813

 

$5.3

Hillwood Park
19001 3rd Avenue NW
Shoreline, WA 98177

 

$3.7

Briarcrest Community Park
(the portion of Hamlin Park bordering the
Briarcrest Neighborhood)
16006 15th Avenue NE
Shoreline, WA 98155

 

$4.7

Total

$17.9

 

Adding these park improvements to a 20-year bond measure would impact property owners of a median valued home $5 per month. Table 2 below illustrates the estimated cost of adding park improvements for a median valued home, a home valued at $750,000 and a home valued at $1,000,000.

Table 2: Impact of a $17.9 Million Bond Measure
   

Bond Term
(Years)

 

Annual
Impact

 

Monthly
Impact

 

Median Valued Home ($480,000)

 

20

 

$55

 

$5

Home Valued at $750,000

 

20

 

$85

 

$7

Home Valued at $1,000,000

 

20

 

$114

 

$9

 Comments to the City Council can be made using the Online Comment Form at shorelinewa.gov/cac.

Background

13 parks throughout Shoreline were evaluated for improvements based on recommendations of the 2017-2023 Parks, Recreation, & Open Space (PROS) Plan. Concept plans for 9 parks were presented for review and feedback during four public open houses and three online surveys. This feedback resulted in preferred concept designs for each of the 9 parks. Recognizing the improbability of funding all desired park improvements, the list was narrowed to four parks that represent different Shoreline neighborhoods, need improvement, and did not receive funding from the 2006 Park Bond.

Park Funding Advisory Committee

Appointed by the City Manager, the Committee met roughly every three weeks beginning in September 2018 and presented their final report to the City Manager in March 2019. Read the PFAC Final Report [PDF].  The purpose of this Committee was to explore funding options, prioritize park improvement projects, and make a recommendation to the City Manager.  Summary notes, presentations, and meeting materials from each meeting are at www.shorelinewa.gov/pfac.  

Park Concept Designs Meeting Materials

May 31, 2018 Open House

Preferred Concept Designs:

March 6 and 10, 2018 Open Houses

December 13, 2017 Open House

Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PROS) Plan

The PROS Plan assessed our citizen's needs and prioritized recreation programs, park maintenance and facility capital needs with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Service (PRCS) Department's core mission and goals. It also includes a capital improvement project list. Visit the PROS Plan website for additional information.

The plan includes a list of important amenities that will need to be added to existing or new parks over the next six to twelve years in order to maintain the current level of service

  • an additional community garden
  • three multi-purpose/pickleball courts
  • two swing sets
  • thirteen outdoor pieces of art
  • three loop paths
  • an additional skate park
  • two adventure playgrounds
  • five basketball courts
  • three playgrounds
  • one adult exercise station
  • two picnic shelters
  • six miles of new trails
  • two spray parks

In addition to needed park amenities ...

the Plan also identified priority parks for improvements. The Plan did not develop plans or designs for these specific parks but generally noted possible improvement themes.

  • Richmond Highlands Recreation Center outdoor basketball court
  • Shoreview Park soccer field conversion from cinder to synthetic, off-leash area amenities, and other park enhancements
  • Briarcrest Neighborhood Park development at upper Hamlin Park adjacent to 25th Ave NE
  • Adventure Playground in Hamlin Park adjacent to NE 168th Street and 18th Ave NE
  • Bruggers Bog Park renovation
  • Hillwood Park Renovation
  • Park at Town Center Phase 1 development
  • James Keough Park renovation
  • Ridgecrest Park renovation
  • Westminster Park playground
  • Cedarbrook Park development ideas
  • Twin Ponds Trail development
  • Paramount Open Space trail development