Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Cromwell Park was dedicated on Monday, August 30, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, dedication, and rock band. Over 200 people poured into the park. Uniformed teams played games in the playing fields, people walked the new trail, cheered the speakers, and speculated about how much rain it would take to fill the retention ponds. Children filled the playground and swarmed the new play equipment.
Additions to the park include a new stage and grass amphitheatre, stormwater detention area with a bridge crossing, baseball and soccer field, basketball court, play area and swings. Other improvements include paved pathways, benches and picnic tables, open lawn and landscape beds, and storm water and wetland areas planted with native vegetation.
|Raintree. Photo courtesy City of Shoreline|
The 1% for the Arts Program public art piece, Raintree by Kristin Tollefson, was installed in the center of Cromwell Park in the storm water detention area. According to the artist, Raintree honors the setting and history of the site and takes its inspiration from the storm water and bog characteristics of the environment, while addressing rain as the source of the water.
Raintree is fabricated out of metal highlighted with blue glass beads – durable materials that will respond to many kinds of ambient light.
In May 2006, Shoreline voters approved a bond issue to acquire park property and improve parks throughout the community, including Cromwell Park. The City also wanted to improve water quality and detention in the headwaters of the Thornton Creek Basin, which begins upstream of Cromwell Park.
The Cromwell project was jointly funded by the Park Bond and Shoreline’s Surface Water Utility to create much-needed recreational and storm water improvements.
Information courtesy City of Shoreline