UW student team receives award for Ballinger Park Options

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University of Washington students Vera Hoang, Cayla Stahley, Tabitha Manalu and Jun Wang (left to right) received an award for their work on Ballinger Park options.
University of Washington students Vera Hoang, Cayla Stahley, Tabitha Manalu and Jun Wang (left to right) received an award for their work on Ballinger Park Options for the City last fall.

The Joint American Planning Association/Planning Association of Washington Awards Committee has awarded an Honorable Mention to the University of Washington (UW) students who prepared the Ballinger Park Design Options for the City last fall.

A team of four UW students including Vera Hoang, Tabitha Manalu, Cayla Stahley, and Jun Wang presented their report on the Ballinger Park Design Options to the City Council in January. Their report was part of a class project for the UW’s Community, Environment and Planning Department “Planning in Context” class.

The team worked with city staff to develop some design concepts for use in the future Ballinger Park comprehensive planning process. Their study focused on ideas brought forward in public meetings held in 2013 including amenities, trails, shorelines and fencing.

The project was nominated under the student category.  The award will be presented during an awards ceremony at the Washington Chapter American Planning Association conference in Spokane on Oct. 17.

Several employees worked closely with the student team to accomplish the project including Senior Planner Edith Duttlinger, Parks Superintendent Ken Courtmanch, Stormwater Manager Mike Shaw, and former Public Works Director Curt Brees. The Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee also participated.

The report, “Lake Ballinger Park: Transforming a Former Golf Course into a Passive Park,” is available on the city’s website at: http://www.cityofmlt.com/cityServices/planning/pdf/140806_Lake-Ballinger-Park-Report_small.pdf.

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