County parks upgrading boat launches, playgrounds, trails

The projects are part of next year’s proposed $10 million budget.

MARYSVILLE — Snohomish County’s Wenberg Park is due for a multimillion-dollar makeover, with a groundbreaking expected within a month.

The popular getaway on the east shore of Lake Goodwin is in line for a new two-lane boat launch, dock and bigger parking lot. The swimming area and nature trails also figure into the work.

“In the entire life cycle of that park, this will be the biggest improvement that has ever been made,” parks director Tom Teigen said. “It’s going to be dramatic.”

Wenberg covers 45 acres northwest of Marysville. Long a state park, it was transferred to county ownership in 2009. The county last month approved a $3 million bid for the upcoming work with Strider Construction of Bellingham.

Wenberg figures among several projects in this year’s parks budget, as the department prepares for about $10 million worth of construction next year. Most of that work is paid for with taxes on real estate sales, grants and impact fees on development.

Some other ongoing and looming county park projects:

Lake Stickney: Work began this summer on about $1 million in improvements at this park on Manor Way in unincorporated Lynnwood. A new playground and viewing area should be ready by mid-2018, Teigen said.

Whitehorse Regional Trail: The whole 27-mile route between Arlington and Darrington should be open by the end of next summer, if all goes as planned. Upgrades include nine new miles of hard-packed gravel surface and two crossings over Highway 530 in the Cicero area.

Esperance Park: Some $2 million in improvements are on track to start next summer at this park near Edmonds, among them a new playground and off-leash dog park. Separately, Edmonds city leaders want to start a community garden there.

Jordan Bridge: Replacement of the decking is expected next year on the swinging bridge over the South Fork Stillaguamish River. The bridge was rebuilt in the 1970s, closed again for repairs in the 1990s and more recently underwent an extensive cleaning.

Parks officials and representatives from other county departments are scheduled to brief the County Council Monday about upcoming construction work as part the 2018 budget process. Other presentations, scheduled in council chambers between 8:30 a.m. and noon, focus on Paine Field, county roads and solid-waste facilities.

For more information, go to www.snoco.org or call 425-388-3494.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@herald net.com. Twitter: @NWhaglund.

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