ARLINGTON — A project to add better parking, paths and restroom access at Twin Rivers Park is scheduled to kick off within the next week.
The changes are designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, making the park easier to use for people who rely on wheelchairs, walkers or other aids to get around.
The restrooms also are slated for an interior remodel to make them more accessible for people. Portable restrooms will be set up during the remodel, according to the city.
Contractor Quilceda Paving and Construction plans to redo the parking lot and add handicapped parking spaces. That work should be done by the end of April, according to a city newsletter. No date was given for finishing the restroom remodel.
The 50-acre park property is owned by the county but maintained and operated by the city per a 2009 agreement.
Located at the confluence of the North and South forks of the Stillaguamish River, the park includes beach access and public fishing. There also are three softball fields, seven soccer fields, a disc golf course, picnic areas and trails through a cottonwood forest, according to the city. The athletic fields can be used for tournaments or practice, and large open fields are popular for dog-walking or jogging, according to the county.
The park improvements are part of a long list of items included in the $120 million Conservation Futures package passed by the county council in March 2013. Most of the money is marked for the county’s courthouse project, park purchases and renovations, and some road construction.
The council approved $60,000 in the package for Twin Rivers Park. It’s one of about 60 recreation projects listed in the county’s 2014-19 Capital Improvement Plan. Other Arlington-area projects on the list include improvements to the Centennial Trail, Whitehorse Trail, Whitehorse Community Park and the eventual purchase of park property in the Smokey Point and Lakewood area.