By Katie Murdoch For The Herald
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — A vacant fire station will be demolished next month to make way for expansion of a neighboring park.
Fire Station 18, located at 228th and 39th streets in Mountlake Terrace, will be torn down and its property will be used to expand Firefighters Memorial Park, at 3900 228th St. SW. Razing the building, removing hazardous materials and regrading the property for park use will cost an estimated $65,000.
The station was vacated in 2010 when Fire District 1 personnel relocated to a station in Brier. The 48-year-old building had been constructed to accommodate volunteer firefighters.
Firefighters Memorial Park will expand and add more parking spaces. The playground equipment will be moved toward the street, making it more visible and less likely to be vandalized. Pathways will be added. And city staff hope to work with Fire District 1 personnel to expand the memorial honoring firefighters who served in Mountlake Terrace, if they’re interested, said Ken Courtmanch, parks services and property management superintendent.
Four years ago, the City Council appointed a task force to look at infrastructure including Station 18 and the old City Hall, and decide whether to repurpose or demolish both aging facilities.
The station wasn’t equipped to house full-time firefighters, and repurposing the building would’ve been difficult because of plumbing and working with hazardous materials, Courtmanch said.
“Being attached to a park, it made sense to expand it,” he said.
From there, a recreation advisory commission went to the community, who asked for the park to keep its firefighter theme and expand the memorial.
“Talking to the community has given me an idea of how to map out what to do,” Courtmanch said. “It gives me a map to look forward.”