Latest update on Peace Park

Likely completed next summer; lots of work and research still to be done
By Brandon Gustafson | May 30, 2018

Things are starting to really take shape for Mukilteo’s Peace Park.

Last week, Mukilteo Associate Planner Karl Almgren and Recreation and Cultural Services Director Jeff Price provided an update on the Peace Park at Rosehill Community Center for citizens living close to the Byer’s location to ask questions and receive more information on the project.

“Some of the things we wanted to address were pedestrian safety and that this will not be a memorial for the (2016) shooting victims, but will be a place of reflection and hope that is private and is a place to come reflect and enjoy the view,” Almgren said.

Almgren also said adding the park is like adding a pearl to a necklace, because they’re adding a nice park to an already beautiful area.

Price also gave an update on donations for the project.

“We’ve received more than $25,000 worth of free services from an architectural engineer,” he said. “Progranite (Services) has also agreed to donate two benches.”

The city received a $400,000 grant from the state earlier in the year for Peace Park, but the Mukilteo City Council wanted to keep the scope of the project smaller, choosing to have a 1,380-square-foot overlook that includes an entry, landscaping and seating. This was referred to during council meetings as “phase one” and was budgeted at $90,000.

With some of the extra funds from the state grant, Price said they’re exploring adding additional parking, which Almgren said would be fairly expensive depending on the amount of spaces and required testing that would come with it.

Price said the goal is to complete the park by the summer of 2019.

“There’s a lot more work to be done,” he said.

Price said they’re working on setting up a page on the city’s website so people can get more information and updates on the project, and that he will be providing the Mukilteo City Council and the city’s Parks and Arts Commission with regular updates on the project as well.

“There are still lots of little pieces to be decided,” Almgren said. “There are still a lot of decisions to be made, and we’re still pretty ‘high level’ at the moment.”

Price also said he will host more public meetings as requested, especially for those in the neighboring area.

Almgren said they should have completed drawings by this September, and that there will still have to be a decision made on whether that’s approved or not.

Price said people have come forward looking to donate, and that if people want to donate money or time to the project, to email him at jprice@mukilteowa.gov.

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