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Plan for Sky River Park to be discussed Jan. 31

MONROE — After several rounds of soliciting community feedback, Monroe is finalizing plans for Lake Tye Park and the Cadman riverside site.
The city’s updated Parks Master Plan was presented to the city Park Board Jan. 18 and adoption of the plan is slated for the Feb. 6 City Council meeting.
Up first is an open house at City Hall, 806 W. Main St., on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. where the city will share and solicit ideas for replacing the Skykomish River Park playground.
Both Lake Tye Park and the Cadman site will offer a variety of attractions to suit the diverse interests of the community.
Lake Tye’s south end would welcome children
with an entry fountain and sprinklers. The fountain would link the site’s beach and playground. Park planners also envision a covered picnic plaza where families and groups could congregate.
The park’s north end would provide plenty of innovative ways to enjoy the waterfront’s natural beauty. Floating islands would help maintain water quality and add visual interest to the landscape. A boardwalk would extend pedestrian access around the entire lake.
A more rustic, rugged experience will await Cadman
site visitors. Seasonal hiking trails and overnight camping sites will offer low tech recreation.
Cadman’s water-rich environment will be enhanced by improvements to acres of wetlands, and restoration of a pond. A highlight of the Cadman development will be a hand-carry boat launch. Developers may also create infrastructure for boat rentals.
Adventurous parkgoers will be able challenge
themselves with activities like a ropes course, zip line or climbing wall. A loop trail and series of boardwalk outlooks will complete the site and provide opportunities for peaceful strolling or jogging and wildlife watching.
The parks plan cost estimate totals $57 million. The projected price tag for the Lake Tye development is $26.2 million and the Cadman site cost estimate is $30.8 million.
While the master plan is still far from realized,
Monroe parks already boast some engaging upgrades and unique upcoming events.
Six newly installed trailside exercise stations along the walking trail at Skykomish River Park were dedicated Jan. 11.
Further out on the horizon is the Nautique WWA U.S. Wakeboard National Championships July 25 to 28 at Lake Tye Park. The tournament offers Pro Men, Pro Women and Jr. Pro Men divisions. The series draws global attention and concludes with world championships in Japan in August.
More upcoming events information and the Parks Master Plan executive summary is available on the city’s website:


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