Consultant to help with Japanese Gulch Master Plan | City brief

Jul 09, 2014

The city has hired a Seattle-based landscape architecture company as a consultant to assist with plans for Japanese Gulch.

Barker Landscape Architects will work with the city to develop a Japanese Gulch Master Plan for the 140-acre park.

Mukilteo City Council on July 7 authorized Mayor Jennifer Gregerson to sign a contract with Barker Landscape Architects for $40,000.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the company has done work for Mukilteo before.

Barker Landscape Architects designed Phase 2 of the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park renovation, which included native plantings, rubber sidewalks, restrooms, a band shell and Native American artwork.

A landscape architect from the company also provided a conceptual plan for a future Byers Family Park for free. The pocket park will be located at 601 4th St.

According to city staff, the company has “experience working with environmentally sensitive sites to create designs that protect and enhance critical areas while allowing recreational activities.”

Staff also said that the consultants have “demonstrated ability to work with varied interest groups to create harmonious designs and compatibility between uses and users.”

A master plan would establish a comprehensive vision for the park, including what it should look like, how to manage the property, and a list of future improvement projects in the gulch, staff said.

The consultants will work closely with city staff, the Parks & Arts Commission, the stakeholders committee and the City Council on the park plan.

-Sara Bruestle

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