Open house for Lake Ballinger park planning June 11

The former Ballinger Lake Golf Course.
The former Ballinger Lake Golf Course. (Photo by Doug Petrowski)

Planning is underway to transition Ballinger Golf Course, closed late last year, to become a 42-acre passive park, open space and environmental sanctuary. As part of the community outreach process, the Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Department, along with the volunteer Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission, will host an open house on Tuesday, June 11, starting at 7 p.m. in the Ballinger Clubhouse, 23000 Lakeview Drive.

The open house is scheduled begin with a tour of the park and conclude with a workshop to obtain citizen input about types of features and amenities to consider as part of the overall park master planning process.

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

City officials hope to have the property open for public use sometime this summer.

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