As development continues and the population exponentially rises here in Woodinville, more parks are a pertinent topic for both Woodinville’s residents and the Parks & Recreation commission. Woodinville primarily caters to its communities with pocket parks: smaller, accessible areas typically set to cater to certain subdivisions. Now the booming population increase is bringing younger families that crave accessibility and, subsequently, more neighborhood parks. This month, several residents attended the Parks & Recreation’s monthly meet-ing to voice their desires and hopes for the future of their neighborhoods.
Quail Ridge is a community that is very interested in the development of a pocket park that would cater to its growing population of young families. “Quail Ridge is a community filled with families with young children,” said Quail Ridge resident Sarah Arndt, “I have two toddlers and our community has no green spaces.” Other residents were present at the September Parks & Recreation meeting and offered their voices and opinions with the concerns the community is facing. The turnout of hopeful Quail Ridge residents exemplified the area’s new and growing population while adding faces and names to the concerns of the community. Commissioner Roy Ghazimorad proposed a sub-committee to meet with the community to discuss exactly what they want out of this proposed park. Specificity being crucial to the technicalities concerned with moving forward with a new project of any size, a meeting would help the commission understand what Quail Ridge residents want while being able to better estimate what the project would cost. Vice Chair Julie Elsom helped bring the actuality of these types of developments into perspective when she said, “I am a huge proponent of pocket parks and the benefit that they provide communities… bringing people together. On the other hand, they are a huge commitment for the city and they do cost a lot.” Chair Sandra White was happy to appoint this sub-committee.
Additionally, a need for a dog park in Woodinville has been stressed by the residents. There are five dog parks in a 13-mile radius of Woodinville; but none in the city itself. The increase in population has amplified traffic making a trip with the family pooch out of the city difficult for many. Commissioner Ghazimorad was responsible for bringing the issue of dog parks back on the agenda this month because he knows how important it is for the quality of life for so many here in Woodinville. While there are talks of allocating a portion of 156th Ave NE as an off-leash dog park, the idea is still in the beginning phases and needs to be thoroughly discussed among the commission and its involved parties. Though these parks are still in the earliest phases of conceptualization, the voices of the community and the interest of the Parks & Recreation commission are clear indications of a progressive Woodinville that cares for play as it does prosperity.