Cromwell Park is new "jewel in the crown" of Shoreline Parks!
|Hundreds of neighbors, staff and celebrants gathered at Grand Opening|
photo credit-Janet Way
And a good time was had by all........
|Permanent plaque will be mounted and displayed|
|KC Councilmember Bob Ferguson congratulates Dick Deal and City of Shoreline|
on completing this long term goal of refurbishing a former KC Park
Cromwell Park is a delight and a wonderful addition to central Shoreline. Monday, August 30th was the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening. Hundreds of visitors and celebrants participated. The weather was perfect for the evening celebration. A "blues" band, "Miles from Chicago" entertained the guests and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening thoroughly.
The Cromwell Park Project was undertaken after voters approved the 2006 Parks Bond. Shoreline City Council approved the project after and extensive public process in 2007. It is a combined projected for Parks and Public Works with funding from both budgets and grant funding as well. The intention was to improve the park which had previously been home to Cromwell Elementary School and then King County Courthouse, which also created the Park. For many years it was a "bifurcated" site, with the Courthouse (including an ugly detention pond with a chain link fence), a very dry and neglected ballfield, and a disconnected wetland and wooded section. The wetland and bog site had long ago been filled to create the site for the school. It is located between Meridian Ave N and Corliss Ave at 179th N. Parking is available all around.
- $1 million Park Bond Levy
- $650,000 Surface Water Utility Fund
- $50,000 King County
Youth Sports Facility Grant
- $60,000 King County Waterworks Grant
- Additional Repair and Replacement Funds
- Additional Trail Corridor Funds
- 1% for the Arts
Since this is one of the most upstream headwaters of Thornton Creek where flooding is a common problem, the site was selected for a park makeover which would include restored wetlands with infiltration ponds.
|Parks Director Dick Deal and designer Peggy Gaynor congratulate each other|
The project provided a vast improvement in "wetland function, with infiltration ponds which are all planted with thousands of native wetland plants, such as hard stem bullrush, red osier dogwood, native ash, cedar and even lupine, which will bloom even more next summer.
|Infiltration ponds are planted with an array of native wetland plants such as ask, red osier dogwood,|
bullrush and lupine (view looking S towards church next door)
The Park also features an amphitheater, gazebo, ball field, basketball court, playground, picnic areas
and walking trails, which provide passive and active recreation opportunities for many residents of all ages.
|playground and sports fields are clustered together|
for families' convenience
|City Staff awarded Manager Bob Olander a commemorative photo collage of all of the 2006 Parks Bond Projects completed to date. The Parks bond for about 19 million has been a huge success with many |
projects around town now completed
|Young soccer teams watch the presentation anxious to get playin'!|
The event was attended by many elected officials, present and past and parks board members
and city staff.
|Souvenir Ribbon pieces from the ribbon cutting displayed |
by l to r - Rep Maralyn Chase, former Mayor Cindy Ryu,
Norma Mayfield, Parks Bdmbr Boni Biery, former Clmbr Janet Way
|Officials unveil commemorative plaque for Cromwell Park at ceremony|