Connecting And Protecting Our Parks
November 6, 2018
The District’s recently updated Comprehensive Plan identifies connected trail network and preservation of open space for passive and active recreation as the top priorities for future development. Proposition 1 to Connect and Protect Our Parks is a $14.7M capital bond measure that would fund future parks and greenspaces, trails connecting neighborhoods to parks and rivers, and improvements to existing parks and facilities to accommodate expanded use.
The District’s mission has been focused on facilitating recreation programs and partnering with the community to preserve historic Si View Park and the aging facilities within. Through community input, dedication and sound fiscal management, great strides have been made in improving the quality of life for residents through investment of over $10M dollars in recreation facilities and park infrastructure over the last decade. In order to provide for the recreation needs of a rapidly growing Snoqualmie Valley population with community-driven parks, trails, open spaces and recreation opportunities, the District is proposing projects prioritized in the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update.
Proposition 1 would develop trails linking greenspaces, regional trails and riverfront access, acquire property for future parks, and improve and equip existing park and recreational facilities to support expanded use. The District has identified potential partners and grant sources to leverage the bond proceeds where possible to maximize the community benefit for the proposed projects. Proposition 1 to Connect and Protect Our Parks will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
Connect Neighborhoods to Open Spaces
- Create safe walking and biking routes between your neighborhood parks and green spaces
- Create local linkages to regional trails with access to expansive network of single track trails
- Develop new hiking and biking trails at Tennant Trailhead Park connecting to a regional system
- Improve public access to rivers
Prepare for Future Parks
- Preserve open space for future parks for passive and active recreation—new parks!
- Address deficiencies in our park system with parkland acquisitions improving community access
- Develop a park system that is connected by a trail network
Improve Neighborhood Parks
and Recreation Facilities
- Develop public access point and parking area at Tennant Trailhead Park
- Safety and infrastructure improvements at Torguson Park and renovation of the aging skate park
- Develop support facilities at Tollgate Farm Park for educational and recreational activities
- Rehabilitate the North Bend Train Depot and surrounding park for community use
- Improve District’s other parks and facilities to support expanded use
Questions & Answers About Proposition 1
How were proposed projects chosen?
During the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update, extensive community surveys were conducted and all local resources inventoried identifying gaps in our trails and parks system along with recommended improvements to existing parks and facilities to accommodate expanded usage. District surveys consistently rank parks & open space, and trail connectivity as top priorities for the community.
When was the last capital bond issued and how were those funds used?
In 2010, citizens passed a $6.7 million capital bond measure for parks. The District leveraged the bond proceeds with grant funding, completing nearly $10 million worth of projects including the Si View Community Center rehabilitation, Si View Park renovation, and Tollgate Farm Park development. Aside from the 2010 Capital measure, previous ballot measures have been to protect and maintain current operation funding levels.
How much will it cost?
Capital bond measures are financed by property taxes. If Proposition 1 passes, it will cost the average District homeowner, with an assessed home value of $500,000, $7.87 per month.
The District has identified potential partners and grant sources to leverage the bond proceeds where possible to maximize the community benefit for these projects.
Snoqualmie Valley is growing at a rapid pace. The District’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update identified and prioritized projects that will help the District meet the community demand and to continue providing quality services the community deserves.
What about the aquatics center?
With this bond proposal Si View is addressing two out of the three top priorities identified in the 2017 Comprehensive Plan. The third priority is a new or renovated aquatics facility. The community has expressed a need for an aquatics facility that more better meets the needs of our residents. The District is currently conducting a feasibility study to explore options for expansion of the existing aquatics facility or development of a new facility. A feasibility study will guide the District to a solution that provides a long term sustainable building that is community driven. The feasibility study is expected to be completed in 2019. In the meantime, the District is actively seeking to build partnerships with other local agencies to provide more options for potential funding models, facility location and ongoing management.
The current use at Si View Pool has exceeded capacity for some time now, but a new facility that will meet current and future needs requires in depth study and planning with multiple opportunities for community input through surveys, focus groups and community meetings in order to develop a facility that meets the need and is operationally sustainable. The feasibility study is expected to be completed in 2019. In the meantime, the District is actively seeking to build partnerships with other local agencies to provide more options for potential funding models, facility location and ongoing management.