Snohomish County officials present MLT council with grant money for parks

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From left, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, Mountlake Terrace City Council member Seaun Richards, Mayor Jerry Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Sonmore, County Councilmember Dave Gossett, City Councilmember Doug McCardle, City Council member Bryan Wahl, City Council member Rick Ryan and County Parks Director Tom Teigen.
From left, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, Mountlake Terrace City Council member Seaun Richards, Mayor Jerry Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Sonmore, County Councilmember Dave Gossett, City Councilmember Doug McCardle, City Councilmember Bryan Wahl, City Councilmember Rick Ryan and County Parks Director Tom Teigen.

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick and Councilmember Dave Gossett were on hand at the Mountlake Terrace City Council meeting on Monday to present the city with two checks that will provide new amenities for a couple of city parks.

Snohomish County is granting $20,000 to the City of Mountlake Terrace for the design, necessary materials, construction and installation of new playground equipment and site enhancements for the newly expanded and remodeled Firefighters Memorial Park, 3900-228th St. S.W. The county is also giving the city $10,000 for the design, necessary materials, construction and installation of a new gazebo for Matt Hirvela/Bicentennial Park, 4105-222nd St. W.

“I don’t think there’s anything better than seeing kids out in parks – on a sunny day seeing kids playing baseball, kids doing the things they should be doing,” Lovick said. “I always like to tell people that parks should be the face of county government.”

“This is really exciting to be able to work with other jurisdictions, to promote recreational facilities,” Gossett said. “Because the fact is county residents, whether they live in unincorporated county or incorporated county, they all use the parks in both areas. Your citizens use parks in our unincorporated areas, our unincorporated folks use parks here. This is a way to leverage our resources to do the best job for all our citizens.”

Joining the Lovick and Gossett for the presentation was Snohomish County Parks Director Tom Teigen.

— Story and photo by Doug Petwroski

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