Putting the "Lake" in Lake Forest Park: City to acquire lakefront property for park

Saturday, December 14, 2019

New park for Lake Forest Park
Photo from Windermere listing

By Tracy Furutani
Special to Shoreline Area News

The Lake Forest Park City Council approved the acquisition of two acres of waterfront property on Lake Washington for a city park. The site, located at 17345 and 17347 Beach Drive, is currently on the market for $5 million. This purchase would be the latest in a series of parkland acquisitions by the city over the last two years.

The environmental advocacy organization Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) will hold the right to purchase the land for two years, during which time Lake Forest Park will marshal funds to purchase the property, according to city administrator Phillip Hill.

Half of the land’s price will come from the King County Parks Levy, which county voters approved in August, he said. The immediate cost to the city is a $250,000 opportunity fee, for which there will be a budget amendment proposed in January.

Council member John Resha introduced the park acquisition resolution, and he credited King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski for his assistance in this project. Local resident Mike Dee was also acknowledged for his role in gathering information.


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