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Lake Tye, riverside parks being planned

MONROE — Plans are under-way to mark more definitive futures for Lake Tye Park and the Cadman riverside site.
The city is master planning the two sites, and will hold a meeting Wednesday, Nov. 1 to discuss the plans. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Monroe Boys and Girls Club, 261 Sky River Parkway.
The parks department took public input in September for the plans.
In September, parks director Mike Farrell told the City Council that there was good turnout at the pop-up events and open houses, drawing 30 and 50 people to the pop-ups both days and 20 people at each of the open houses.
“It was a really great opportunity to meet with people and get their feedback,” Farrell said.
Feedback from the public mainly focused on family fun, nature, and security with maintenance. Concerns about the homeless camping in the park, specifically the Cadman site, were prominent in some of the public feedback:
“Hopefully it will be open enough so it’s not filled with homeless campers. I look forward to having access to that again. Our kids used to play softball and soccer there,” one person wrote.
“That part of town is known as a ‘bad part of town’ why would I take my children there,” one person wrote, adding that the mayor
needs to “start working on the crime and getting better businesses in Monroe” before spending money on these parks.
“Again, positive, but would like to find out more about stemming the current problems in the now (i.e. homeless peopleand drug users occupying these areas).”
The City Council and city parks board met during the council meeting as a joint effort to discuss the long-range master plans and people’s input. Contracted planning firms, HBB Landscape Architecture and Cascade Studio, which are assisting with compiling the data and providing design plans, were also present.
The Cadman site’s close proximity to the Skykomish River is something the parks department wants to utilize in master planning the site. Feedback from others stated they like the idea of a nature trail and access to the river.
As for Lake Tye, the feedback was focused on not making it too commercialized or touristy, and to add more parking, since part of the initial master plan pitches is to attract more people to Monroe with Lake Tye as a regional, “lively western gateway into the
city.”
The public’s feedback was straightforward.
“With the population explosion in Monroe, I am more in favor of making it a local attraction than a regional one,” wrote one person.
“Most important is to maintain use for local residents,” another person wrote.
“I feel like the park is crowded as it is. I like it being a neighborhood park that is safe enough for our kids to walk alone,” a person wrote.
Farrell praised the public feedback’s “thoughtfulness” from the surveys. He said there were more than 250 survey responses as well as open-ended comments at the pop-ups.
“It really helped us focus our energies… in terms of what might be a good fit for each facility,” Farrell said, telling councilmembers how they revised some of the ideas and maps, and sought feedback from them. The council generally withheld giving opinions as they want to hear the public first.
The parks department will continue to compile data throughout October to narrow down the final proposed master plan details,
which will be released to the public in early November
for feedback. The final plans
will be brought back to City Council in January for approval.
The city has allocated up to $130,000 for HBB’s role in the long-range master planning process; the money is sourced from the city’s 2017 Parks CIP Fund.

 

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