$6million shortfall for Shoreline park improvements - public asked to weigh in on priorities

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Concept design for Hillwood Park
"The concept designs have undergone a "basis of design" review. The basis of design takes into consideration actual site conditions, such as location of trees and critical areas. During this phase, the design team adjusts proposed elements to better match the nature and size of the park, such as making adjustments to looped trails, adjusting the size of some park elements, and locating features to work with the actual topography of each site." From the December 12, 2021 staff report.  

Shoreline voters approved a parks bond for major improvements to eight parks: Briarcrest Park, Brugger’s Bog Park, Hillwood Park, Richmond Highlands Park, Ridgecrest Park, James Keough Park, Shoreview Park and Kruckeberg Botanic Gardens.

As the specific design projects began and after conducting a "basis of design" and costing estimates, it was determined that there was a significant budget shortfall of $6.3 million.

The reason for the shortfall is the unprecedented inflation rates that have impacted the cost of almost everything and an underestimate in the cost of accessibility improvements at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. 

Addressing the $6.3 million shortfall requires a "reduction of scope," and reallocation of funds between budget categories.

To make up for the $6.3 million shortfall, the City will reallocate $3.4M from Parks Acquisitions, eliminate the renovation of Shoreview Park field ($1.2M), and contribute an additional $1.7M from the general fund.

More information in the staff report prepared for the December 12, 2022 city council meeting.

The city is very interested in hearing from citizens as far as their priorities for these parks. They have created an "open house" survey for the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Arts (PROSA) Plan. 

This plan provides a 20-year vision and framework that will help decide how city money will be spent and what services will be offered.

--Diane Hettrick


Anonymous,  January 7, 2023 at 2:06 PM  

It seems to be a constant ASK from voters. Ideas, money, etc. Our city really struggles to function.

Anonymous,  January 7, 2023 at 10:53 PM  

Give the money back to the taxpayers so we can afford our mortgages

Anonymous,  January 8, 2023 at 10:27 AM  

Make the developers leave some trees and provide play areas/green space for their tenants.

Anonymous,  January 9, 2023 at 1:59 PM  

We could save money be eliminating the seasonal boutique features. Why replace ball field used year round with spray parks, which will be used at most 2 months a year? Who lobbied for that?

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