Park Funding Advisory Committee update
In August 2018, the City Manager appointed sixteen Shoreline residents to serve on the Park Funding Advisory Committee (PFAC). The purpose of PFAC is to recommend to the City Manager which parks and recreation improvements to include in a potential property tax measure for Shoreline voters. Under consideration are park concept designs developed for eight parks that saw minimal, if any, benefit from the 2006 Parks bond. The parks are: Brugger’s Bog, Hamlin, Hillwood, James Keough, Richmond Highlands, Ridgecrest, Shoreview, and Westminster Triangle.
Potential improvements include off-leash dog areas, splash pads, ADA-accessible playgrounds, walking paths, open lawn areas, community gardens, sports courts, restrooms, improved athletic fields, and more. All of these improvements were what rose to the top during numerous public outreach efforts over a year and a half. Find more information about the park concept designs at shorelinewa.gov/parksdesign. Funding for trails, forest restoration, property acquisition, public art, the Park at Town Center, and Kruckeberg Botanic Garden are also being considered.
In addition to the community’s need for parks and open spaces, the PFAC is also reviewing funding for a new community and aquatics center (CAC) to replace the aged Shoreline Pool and Spartan Recreation Center. The CAC would consolidate aquatics, recreation, and community space under one roof as a civic hub or “third place” and support the long-term continuation of Shoreline’s robust aquatics and recreation programs.
The current CAC design includes a lap pool to accommodate competitive swimming, swim lessons, and fitness classes, and a separate leisure pool with a lazy river and other amenities for young or young-at-heart water lovers to enjoy. The design also includes a two-court gymnasium, classrooms, a catering kitchen, and a large community room for events and social gatherings. More information about the community and aquatics center can be found at shorelinewa.gov/cac.
The greatest challenge the PFAC faces is how to meet the community’s needs without overburdening the community’s tax load. Recognizing that it is unrealistic to expect to fund everything, the PFAC developed a set of criteria to help prioritize all the potential improvements. Location, equity, public appeal, and long-term affordability are all measures the PFAC is using to weigh the options before them. Members of the PFAC attended the November 28 public meeting about the CAC design, read and discussed written community feedback, listened to finance presentations by City staff, received detailed cost estimates, and discussed a variety of different scenarios in preparation for determining their final recommendation. All PFAC meeting materials and summary notes are online at shorelinewa.gov/pfac.
The PFAC began meeting in September and is on track to make a recommendation to the City Manager mid-March. The City Manager will consider the recommendation of the PFAC along with all other available information as she makes her recommendation to the City Council in early May. Ultimately, it will be up to Shoreline voters to determine whether to fund a community and aquatics center and park improvements.
MORE INFORMATIONParks Funding Advisory Committee
Lynn Gabrieli, (206) 801-2602
Community & Aquatics Center
Parks Director Eric Friedli