Park Board recommends Tibbetts Valley Park for potential skate park site

March 25, 2014

By Peter Clark

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 25, 2014

After considering the options and residents’ opinions from two public meetings, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Issaquah Skate Park recommended the construction of a new skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park during the regular Park Board meeting March 24.

The Park Board agreed and passed its recommendation to Mayor Fred Butler.

“This recommended site at Tibbetts Valley Park is an open grassy area, near the Park & Ride parking lot,” Parks & Recreation Department Director Anne McGill wrote in an email. “It has nothing on the site at this point, except grass, and it would not displace any other park amenity.”

While initially considering six potential sites, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee narrowed it down to Veterans’ Memorial Field, Gibson Park and Central Park.

The committee “hosted two public input meetings, listened intently and carefully to input presented both in person and via social media,” McGill said.

While many in the public meetings expressed support for the Veterans’ Memorial Field site, the Issaquah Senior Center board of directors raised objections to putting a skate park adjacent to the center.

“We strenuously object to the proposed location and construction of a skateboard facility in Veterans’ Memorial Field,” the board said in a letter to Butler and the City Council. It found the location would compromise current park activity and create “risk management concerns.”

After citizens raised ongoing concerns about illicit activities in the current skate park, by the Issaquah Community Center, the City Council approved $350,000 in this year’s budget to build a new one.

Next, Butler will consider the recommendation and, if the administration agrees, will bring it before the City Council for approval. Though a specific date for council consideration has not been determined, staff liaison for the skate park project, Milissa Morgan, said she hopes the council can address the matter at its April 7 regular meeting.

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