UW students present their vision for Ballinger Park

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From left, UW students Vera Hoang, Cayla Stahley, Tabith Manalu and Jun Wang present their report at the Mountlake Terrace City Council meeting.
From left, UW students Vera Hoang, Cayla Stahley, Tabith Manalu and Jun Wang present their report at the Mountlake Terrace City Council meeting. (Photo courtesy City of Mountlake Terrace)

A study by four University of Washington students envisions the recently-opened Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace filled with picnic tables, concrete pathways, wooden boardwalks, “green” shorelines, public art and a small amphitheater.

Mountlake Terrace city staff invited four UW students to develop design concepts for possible use in future plans for Ballinger Park, 23000 Lakeview Dr. The four students — Vera Hoang, Cayla Stahley, Tabitha Manalu and Jun Wang — authored a 26-page report as part of a class project in the school’s Community, Environment and Planning Department.

“The purpose of our project was really to envision the development of this park,” said Hoang. “We basically did research and made some recommendations that could be used in the Ballinger Park master plan.”

“Lake Ballinger Park: Transforming a Former Golf Course into a Passive Park” concentrates on four elements that were consistently brought forward in public forums as concerns for the park: amenities, trails, shorelines and fencing. The report presents research results in each area, and recommendations by the students for each element.

The students presented the report to the Mountlake Terrace City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 21. To view the report, click here.

“This is not a design for the park; that’s still quite a long way off because that requires some intense master planning. But this is an insight into the possibilities that are available for the park in the future,” said City Senior Planner Edith Duttlinger.

The city is expected to begin a master planning process for the 42-acre passive park later this year.

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