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Snohomish wants ideas for Averill master plan

SNOHOMISH — One might describe it as a cordial, multi-generational, brainstorming session.
Or, as the organizers called it, a “conversation café.”
Approximately one dozen community members, ranging in age from 14 to 60-plus, met Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club to share ideas about the Averill Youth Complex at 400 Second St.
The ideas will be considered as the city has an architect drawing designs to reshape the Hal Moe Pool site and its surroundings.
City project manager Denise Johns, who facilitated the public forum, passed out maps and Crayola markers to encourage ideas and participation. She wanted to hear and see people’s visions for the complex, which includes the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, skate park, Tillicum Kiwanis playground and Hal Moe Pool building.
“The master plan will involve all age ranges,” Johns said.
Hawke Redmon, 14, an eighth-grader at Centennial Middle School and was the youngest participant, had lots of ideas and used his markers to full advantage. A frequent skate park user, Hawke suggested a “meditation center,” music store and possibly an open graffiti or
art wall, among other things.          
Responding to the graffiti/art wall comment, Johns said, “I love that idea!” adding, “Intentional art, rather than blight!”
Johns was there to listen
as the ideas flew. A common theme seemed to be having flexible and multi-purpose uses for the area and minimizing “wasted space.”      
Hawke said an indoor skate park ­— or at least a covered one — would “definitely be nice.” He suggested calling it “Corey’s Park” after the late Corey McCrea, who propelled the idea for the skate park as a teenager in the 1990s.
Linda and Tom McCrea attended the forum and said their son took great pride in the skate park and in
watching people use it. They want to be sure the skate park is well-maintained and included in the city’s overall plan.
Specific ideas for the complex included different configurations for the Hal Moe Pool site and for the areas adjoining it.
Barb Rohe would like to see a trampoline facility similar to others in the county
and “more space for soccer and lacrosse.”
Rohe thought an organic garden that kids could use and learn from would be nice, too.
Others suggested a climbing wall, fountain, community stage, arts/crafts show space, sand volleyball court, concrete benches, and “skateable art”—among other ideas. “Green” and “quiet” spaces also were desired.
Some voiced parking and transportation concerns. Marci Volmer, a regional director for the Boys and Girls Club, said school buses already deliver students to
the Snohomish club, which also uses its own vans to transport other children.
Johns said the city will work on parking issues, and pointed to the easy access from bus stops and the Centennial Trail to the complex, adding, “we want to encourage people to walk.”
The city has hired ARC Architects in Seattle to evaluate options and draw up plans for the area based on the community’s needs and wishes.
The architects are considering three different concepts, which include varying degrees of open
space, and hope to have a conceptual plan for the site and cost estimate in about six months.
The Hal Moe Committee meets the last Thursday of each month and is open to the public. The committee’s next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St., Snohomish.


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