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Council approves new contract with DeYoung consultant

  • Written by Bill Lewis

The Woodinville City Council voted May 16 to spend $113,000 to continue efforts to revamp DeYoung Park, while still debating the scope of renovations for the park. The May 16 appropriation funds a continued relationship with SiteWorkshop, the Seattle landscape architecture firm hired by the city to lead park redevelopment efforts, and begins Phase 2 of the project. Earlier this year, as part of the initial phase, the firm presented three plans, ranging in price from an estimated $250,000 upgrade, to an $800,000 transformation of the two-thirds of an acre downtown park on NE 175TH Street. Last month, the council endorsed a plan to spend near the high-end of that range, up to $750,000, but left open the possibility of adjusting the final budgeted figure based on plans submitted by SiteWorkshop. At the May 16 meeting, Clayton Beaudoin, principal at SiteWorkshop, presented a project schedule with a target completion date of May 2018, in time to accommodate the beginning of the 2018 Farmer’s Market at the park. The schedule includes a public workshop in June to develop refurbishing plans, an open house in July for the public to look at plans, and a council vote on the plans in August. The most extensive of the park transformation plans presented earlier this year included, among other things, a “destination feature,” such as a tree house play area, canopy walk, or community art display; soil renovation and enhanced pathways among the park’s Douglas fir trees; and renovated garden areas.

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City considers land-purchase option

  • Written by Bill Lewis

The Woodinville City Council is considering whether to accept an option to buy a parcel of property near the intersection of NE Woodinville Duvall Road and NE North Woodinville Way, which would help clear the way for construction of a new headquarters building for Sierra Construction.

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Homeless camp seeks volunteers for move

  • Written by Bill Lewis

Camp Unity Eastside, the homeless encampment currently at St. Jude Catholic church in Redmond, is moving May 26 and 27 to Northshore United Church of Christ on 168th Street in Woodinville, and organizers are seeking volunteers to help with the move.

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Senator Murray Introduces major legislation to make college more affordable for low-income students

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate education committee, joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) to introduce the Pell Grant Preservation & Expansion Act today that will expand and permanently safeguard the Pell Grant program, helping millions of low-income students offset the rising costs of college. The bill would improve the purchasing power of Pell Grants, permanently index the maximum grant to inflation, shift the Pell Grant program to fully mandatory funding, and restore eligibility for defrauded students.  

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