Little Bear Creek and Old Woodinville School  

  • Written by David B. Clark

Council Meeting Recap for October 3

Woodinville values its natural allure and has always held its rustic charm in importance. With developments in the city due to tourism, the population boom, and an increasingly buzzworthy downtown, city council has had many pressures to weigh and balance. The developments of DeYoung park are a clear symbol of the city’s dedication to peace, prosperity, and growth. It is extraordinarily difficult to try and maintain a perfect public image but the members of city council have showcased their determination for a Woodinville that will cater to its citizens while being environmentally and economically responsible.

Gary Harris had come forward with hopes to expedite some progress concerning the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse and its transformation into a civic center during the last City Council meeting. Harris, a big believer in Woodinville’s established image and character, made his worries substantial when he stated, “there have been five proposals over the last 10 years… none accepted for the Old Woodinville School to be turned into a civic center.” Though no decision has been made, these concerns being voiced by community members make a substantial and persistent point.

The word “complex” was a bit of a hot-button during the conversations regarding the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse. With many different visions of a fully functioning, community center, it is understandable with just how complex this project is. Concerns draw back again to finances and Woodinville’s image. The city is steadfast in their determination to move forward with this project when it is financially responsible and its end-product fit the appeal of Woodinville.

The council sought direction concerning the Little Bear Creek Parkway Property acquisition. Management Analyst Lauren Broudy Thompson brought her detailed research to the council members explaining that this is a 7.7 mile stretch that contains a salmon bearing stream. Currently, WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) owns this land and the city of Woodinville would have to purchase this to acquire it. Mayor Bernie Talmas stated that the area suffers from traffic but that does not discount the area’s importance. Talmas said, “The noise is horrendous… it’s not suitable for a bike trail or a pedestrian path… it’s worth buying to protect the stream.” Buchanan concurred, “I don’t disagree one bit.” With the grand idea of preserving a quintessen-tial piece of Woodinville, the council is opting on an appraisal of the area to see just how much it will cost to procure.

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