Brier has ambitious plans for its biggest park, now a sprawling open space divided among baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball...
Brier has ambitious plans for its biggest park, now a sprawling open space divided among baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, children’s play toys and a horse arena.
The City Council has approved a master plan for 13-acre Brier Park, endorsing a design that includes an amphitheater, skate park, a larger playground and a new sports field for lawn bowling and horseshoes.
The park is centrally located, stretching along 228th Street Southwest just east of City Hall.
Total development costs haven’t been estimated, and the council didn’t set a timeline for the full project.
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But this year’s budget includes $135,000 to build the first phase of the skate park on a 16,800-square-foot site near the tennis courts at the park’s east end. The park will feature a “streetscape” design, with modular elements similar to those planned for a new skate park under construction in Edmonds.
Mayor Bob Colinas said he hopes to complete the skate park before the school year ends. The city hasn’t selected a design consultant or construction contractor, he said.
The council also approved spending $16,400 this year to upgrade the park’s picnic shelter.
The amphitheater will be tucked into the park’s northeast corner. Design sketches show a future landscape strip buffering the amphitheater from nearby subdivisions. Colinas said he hopes to build the facility within the next five years; its cost is unknown.
The horse arena and existing sports fields and courts will remain in place. The plan includes creating a parking area for horse trailers.
At some point, an existing parking area to the north will be replaced with a grassy area for lawn bowling and horseshoes.
Colinas said the council got a taste for the community’s strong demand for a skate park last summer, when the city sponsored a demonstration by Skatewave, a Minnesota-based park designer.
The national Skatewave Demo Tour turned the City Hall parking lot into a temporary skate park and featured professional skaters as well as opportunities for local youths to test their skills.
Skatewave has installed a half-dozen parks in this state, including one at Bremerton Naval Base.
“I really saw the recreational enjoyment that the youth get out of a skate park. That was just a fantastic demonstration,” Colinas said.
“I’m happy about providing a location for the youth to be physically active in something they have an interest in. Often, we make football fields and baseball fields for those youth that enjoy [team] sports,” he said. “But skateboarding addresses those youth that are more independent.”
Diane Brooks: 425-745-7802 or firstname.lastname@example.org