Ideas wanted to improve newly public Lake Stevens park

An open house is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Frontier Heights Park.

LAKE STEVENS — The city is drafting plans to improve a 6-acre park that had been private property for decades — until nearby homeowners voted last year to make it a public space.

An open house is scheduled 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Frontier Heights Park. It’s off Frontier Circle West, north of 88th Avenue NE.

Ideas are needed for new paths and ball fields, among other features, according to a public notice.

Homeowners in the Frontier Heights neighborhood voted to transfer the property to the city of Lake Stevens. It’s a key addition to the park system in an area that has been growing quickly, meaning there is more demand for parks but also fewer open areas that can be developed.

The park was created around the same time as the surrounding homes, more than 50 years ago.

The homeowners association had relied on member dues for maintenance, but it was getting too expensive. There wasn’t enough money to do any significant work on the park.

When the city took ownership, officials pledged to make improvements. There’s been talk of a new playground, trail, picnic shelter and updates to the old sports fields where junior leagues used to play.

The city has done some cleanup and maintenance but has not yet made major changes, parks and recreation coordinator Jim Haugen said in an email.

A construction plan will be put together based on the results of the public meeting and decisions by the design company, he said.

The city also is seeking grant money to help with some of the work, including walkways and parking.

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; kbray@heraldnet.com.

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