Meeting set for Tuesday to prioritize Ballinger Park ideas

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Attendees look at maps of the 42-acre park site during the June 11 open house at Ballinger Park.
Attendees look at maps of the 42-acre park site during the June 11 open house at Ballinger Park. (City of Mountlake Terrace photo)

The City of Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee (RPAC) will review and prioritize the ideas gathered from an Ballinger Park open house last month at their Tuesday, July 9 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ballinger Clubhouse, 23000 Lakeview Drive. The public is welcome to attend.

Over 60 interested residents attended the open house June 11 to tour Ballinger Park and provide ideas for what they would like to see as Ballinger Golf Course is transitioned to a 42-acre passive park, open space and environmental sanctuary.

A passive recreation area is generally an undeveloped space or environmentally sensitive area that provides minimal development. Passive recreation usually emphasizes the open space aspect of a park. It allows for the preservation of natural habitat while including park features and amenities such as picnic areas, benches, trails and interpretative signage.

The June 11 open house provided a presentation of the area showing how the watershed has developed over the past century. A tour featured the variety of natural areas in the park and showed how the land is currently in transition without the high maintenance of the golf course, allowing the land to return more to its natural state. The program concluded with a workshop to obtain citizen input about types of features and amenities to consider as part of the overall park master planning process.

Suggestions included a café in the clubhouse, using the clubhouse as a senior center, a board walk along the lake, trails that connect to the future Lakeview Trail, coordinating with schools for wildlife educational opportunities, telescopes to encourage bird/wildlife watching, pea patches, and expanding the picnic and play area by the boat launch.

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