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Ribbon-cutting to celebrate new park

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BOTHELL -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday for Snohomish County's newest park -- Miner's Corner.
Contractors still need a few more weeks to complete work, so the park at 228th Street SE and 45 Avenue SE won't fully open to the public for another few weeks.
Next weekend's ceremony is scheduled to celebrate the near-completion of the park before the holidays make it harder to gather everyone in the same place, county parks director Tom Teigen said.
County park planners tout Miner's Corner as universally accessible, meaning that it's designed to the highest available standards for people who use wheelchairs or other devices to help move around.
The park features a 10-foot-tall wheelchair-accessible lookout tower, and also employs a low-impact-development technique called dispersion, using native vegetation as an alternative to stormwater ponds or vaults.
Other amenities include a playground, picnic shelter, sports court and walking trails.
The park encompasses 13 acres. It cost about $5.5 million to buy the property and develop it.
The park was funded as part of Snohomish County's $70 million settlement over King County's Brightwater treatment plant. The money also paid to develop Tambark Creek Park, which opened near Mill Creek this summer, and Wellington Hills County Park in Maltby, which is being designed.
The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miner's Corner County Park at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Location: 228th St SE and 45th Avenue SE, Bothell.
Miner's Corner isn't expected to formally open for a few weeks after that, at some point in December.

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