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Lake Union Park City Council Resolution 30206

 
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A RESOLUTION adopting and updated master plan for South Lake Union Park, setting forth principles for the City's negotiation of an agreement with the Maritime Heritage Foundation for the development, operation and maintenance of a Maritime Heritage Center.

Date introduced/referred: Jul 10, 2000
Date adopted: Jul 17, 2000
Status: Adopted
Vote: 7-0 (Excused: Drago, McIver)

Committee: Culture, Arts & Parks
Sponsor: LICATA

A RESOLUTION adopting an updated master plan for South Lake Union Park, setting forth principles for the City's negotiation of an agreement with the Maritime Heritage Foundation for the development, operation and maintenance of a Maritime Heritage Center.

WHEREAS, significant public support for developing South Lake Union
Park has continued since adoption of a master plan by Resolution 289444 on October 14, 1991, and recognizing that the 1991 Master Plan needed to be updated to recognize City acquisition of the Naval Reserve Property as well as anticipated development of the City-owned properties south of the park and anticipated transportation improvements in the South Lake Union area; and

WHEREAS, the Maritime Heritage Foundation ("Foundation") is a not-for- profit entity created to develop and manage a cultural center at South Lake Union Park. The Foundation is made up of five member organizations and several operating partners who collectively will bring a wide array of historical, cultural, educational and recreational maritime related activities together. The member organizations are: Northwest Seaport, Center for Wooden Boats, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Virginia V. Foundation and Northwest Schooner Society, and the operating partners are organizations with a common mission, such as the Fireboat Duwamish and the Sea Scouts; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to update and clarify the the development and operation of a Maritime Heritage Center at the park; and

WHEREAS, the City Council by Ordinance 119331 appropriated $60,000 from the Shoreline Park Improvement Fund for planning and preliminary design studies of the South Lake Union Navy property, to examine development options and associated costs; and

WHEREAS, City Council Resolution Number 30080 outlined City objectives for development of nearby City-owned properties so that parking facilities, pedestrian connections, view corridors, architecture and types of uses will be coordinated with the park development; and

WHEREAS, the consolidation of maritime interests within the Maritime Heritage Foundation provides a comprehensive approach to development of the proposed Maritime Heritage Center within South Lake Union Park; and

WHEREAS, the City Council by Resolution 29870 recognized the South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan, wherein the parks and open space element built upon and recommended refinements to the 1991 South Lake Union Park Master Plan, and approved the City's work program responding to the Plan: and

WHEREAS, the City Council by Ordinance 119401 amended the Seattle Comprehensive Plan to incorporate portions of the South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan including its strategies for parks and open space in the neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, the City Council by Ordinance 119944 authorized acquisition of the Naval Reserve property at South Lake Union and appropriated funding therefore; and

WHEREAS, this newly recognized South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan was considered by a South Lake Union Park Master Plan Update Advisory Committee when it developed its recommendations for updating the existing 1991 master plan; and

WHEREAS, the South Lake Union Park Master Plan Update Advisory Committee's recommendations were reviewed in a public hearing held April 27, 2000 by the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners, and were considered in their master plan update recommendations to the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, the Mayor and the City Council; and

WHEREAS, an addendum to the 1991 South Lake Union Park Master Plan EIS has been prepared and issued on June 14, 2000; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor has recommended for Council approval an updated Master Plan for South Lake Union Park as described in Exhibits A and B and further supported by attachments to this Resolution;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE, THE MAYOR CONCURRING, THAT

I. The Master Plan for South Lake Union Park

The City Council adopts a revised master plan concept diagram to replace the one that illustrated the master plan adopted on October 14, 1991 by Resolution 28444. The updated master plan concept diagram, designated Exhibit "A", is attached to this resolution. Exhibit "B" also attached to this resolution explains the concept diagram in narrative form. Attachment #1, "Background Information", includes an illustrative site plan, suggesting one possible way the master plan concept might be implemented, recognizing that a detailed design resulting from the work of a landscape architectural consultant may lead to alternative designs of park features. Attachment #1 also includes other information and details supporting the Master Plan update.

II. Statement of Intent

In adopting this updated master plan, the City Council with the Mayor's concurrence intends for it to guide future development of South Lake Union Park. Implementation of the adopted master plan continues to be contingent upon agreement with the Department of Natural Resources, owner of the waterways and some of the upland property encompassed in the plan. Implementation is subject to the development of an acceptable memorandum of agreement by the Department of Parks and Recreation with the Maritime Heritage Foundation.

Successful implementation of the master plan will in part also depend on coordination with the redevelopment of surplus City-owned properties in the South Lake Union area, and specifically those south of Valley Street, which provide the opportunity for their integration with the park development and the meeting of public objectives noted in Resolution 30080.

South Lake Union Park provides significant access to Lake Union, an important open space in and of itself. As Lake Union is anticipated to provide increasing opportunities for water related transportation, South Lake Union and the proposed Maritime Heritage Center provide an opportunity for water related passenger drop off and pick up, i.e. "water taxi", and while this use of park land is ordinarily thought to be inappropriate, this site may justify an exception. However, the accommodation of this use will need to be designed in such a way as to control its use and limit its impact on the park. The Executive will submit any agreements authorizing the use of South Lake Union Park as a terminus for a water taxi or tour boat operation to the Council for approval. At that time the Executive should brief the Council on a) how such a use of the Park would contribute to the Park and b) how any negative impacts can be limited or mitigated (including, but not limited to, contribution to traffic congestion and parking shortages in the surrounding neighbor hood and potential disruption of Park tranquility by water taxi passengers).

The Park will be developed in such a way that the safety and security of visitors will be a significant consideration, with special attention being paid to landscaping and lighting.

III. Principles for Development of an Agreement with the Maritime Heritage Foundation for the Development of a Maritime Heritage Center in South Lake Union Park

The City of Seattle (the "City") and the Maritime Heritage Foundation (the "Foundation") have a mutual interest in the establishment of a Maritime Heritage Center (the "Center") as an integral part of South Lake Union Park.

The following "Statement of Principles" has been agreed to in concept by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Foundation, to guide further discussions leading to a more formal agreement concerning the development and governance of the Center.

It is intended that these principles will guide the drafting of an agreement with the Foundation. The Council finds that through this agreement, the City would engage in a partnership with an entity (the Maritime Heritage Foundation) where the City is seeking benefits for the public that would not otherwise be provided by a private entity; and where the City and its partner have a substantial financial interest. Therefore the Council has determined that this agreement between the City and the Maritime Heritage Foundation shall be a Targeted Partnership subject to the Public-Private Partnership Review Process set forth in Resolution 30072 and attachments. The Panel will make recommendations to the Council before Council approval of the Memorandum of Agreement. The Panel will make a recommendation to the Executive and Council prior to any vote on an ordinance adopting a Memorandum of Agreement.

IV. Principles for Future Negotiations for Implementation of the South Lake Union Park Master Plan

1. The Foundation will be the sole spokesperson for the maritime heritage community regarding the Maritime Heritage Center project, and the City will deal exclusively with the Foundation on all matters concerning the Center. However, should the Foundation cease to perform under terms of an MOA, the City reserves the right to terminate its agreement with the Foundation.

2. The Center will concentrate its development and activities within that part of South Lake Union Park (the "Park"), generally east of Terry Avenue, as shown on the updated Park Master Plan.

3. The City and the Foundation will work together in implementing the Park Master Plan.

4. The City will, with the financial assistance of and input from the Foundation, construct a wharf ("Lake Union Wharf") at the north end of the Armory building to provide moorage for historic ships.

5. The Armory building, will be considered for inclusion as a part of the Center. (Note: A wide range of options exist for utilization of the Armory Building, which has been determined to be eligible for the National Registry of Historic Buildings and has covenants protecting certain features of the building. These options range from use as a Maritime Museum as a part of a Maritime Heritage Center, to a community recreation facility to meet the needs of a burgeoning and changing residential and working population in the immediate area and elsewhere in the "center city," to a civic venue for gatherings, performances, etc. All of these uses will be evaluated by the Department of Parks and Recreation.)

6. The City will own all land, buildings and other real property in the Center. Money spent by the Foundation for improvements at the Center will become City property, and will be considered a public benefit in determining the consideration for any use agreement between the City and the Foundation.

7. At the present time it is contemplated that the Foundation, or its constituent organizations, will own all exhibits, artifacts, furnishings, equipment and other personal property furnished to the Center by the Foundation or its constituent organizations.

8. Except as specifically provided, the parties understand that the financing of the Center, including development, maintenance and operational costs for facilities and grounds directly associated with the MHC, will come from private sources and government grants from agencies other than the City.

9. The Foundation will be responsible for private fund raising and grants, including any costs associated therewith. The City will support the Foundation in these efforts by communicating the City's support for the project and making appropriate representations of this support as required for fundraising purposes. The Foundation shall have the right to recognize donors and sponsors by affiliating their names to facilities and exhibits similar to the manner in which donors are recognized at the Woodland Park Zoo. These named entities will only be found within the Maritime Heritage Center and not be used to designate any other areas or facilities in the South Lake Union Park. Names for facilities and donor acknowledgement shall be submitted to the Department of Parks and Recreation for approval, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.

10. It is anticipated that under the agreement, the Foundation will be permitted to use the Center facilities for all uses normally associated with a major museum or heritage center, subject to the terms of that agreement. These uses may include office, retail shop, and food and beverage service. Agreements for such uses will be subject to City approval. Provisioning, maintenance and other tasks in support of historic vessels at the wharf will be permitted, defined, limited and restricted as shall be agreed in the agreement contemplated in this resolution; however, industrial or commercial operations and major restoration projects will not be permitted in connection with vessels at the South Lake Union site.

11. While the wharf is under construction the Foundation may be permitted to use other suitable portions of the waterfront at South Lake Union Park for the mooring of vessels meeting established criteria.

12. The City and Foundation will coordinate regarding parking and pedestrian connections between the Park and the South Lake Union neighborhood. No later than the time the Council considers a Memorandum of Agreement with the Maritime Heritage Foundation (expected to be in 2001), the Department of Parks and Recreation, in coordination with other City Departments, will report back to the Council on a strategy for accommodating parking demand based on full development of the Maritime Heritage Center. Any agreements relating to the disposition of the City owned properties south of Valley Street that are entered into prior to the Executive's presentations of this strategy to the Council will respond to the parking public objective Section 2 a) of Resolution 30080, taking into account the Foundation's intention to develop a major Maritime Heritage Center at the Park.

V. Agreement with the Maritime Heritage Foundation (Foundation):

The Superintendent of Parks and Recreation is hereby authorized to negotiate an agreement that includes certain milestones and performance criteria that the Foundation will meet in order to be able to occupy and use City property at South Lake Union Park.

The Foundation will create a detailed schedule for the development of a Maritime Heritage Center within South Lake Union Park. This schedule, to be completed by the end of the Fourth Quarter 2000, will include milestones for fund raising, personnel, construction projects, exhibits and activities, and educational programs. The schedule, along with the results of the Foundation Facilities Integration Study now underway, will provide information necessary to finalize a Memorandum of Agreement between the Foundation and the City by the end of the Second Quarter 2001. A status report on the Facilities Integration Study and Development Schedule will be presented to the City Council in the first quarter of 2001.

The detailed schedule described above and the agreement with the Foundation will be submitted to the City Council for approval.

The Foundation will be responsible for all development, maintenance and operational costs for facilities or portions thereof and grounds directly associated with the Maritime Heritage Center's activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation will be responsible for all development and maintenance costs for facilities, grounds and that portion of the dedicated parking directly associated with general Parks and Recreation activities, and for common areas shared by the Foundation and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The compensation to the City for the Foundation's use of City-owned upland areas in the park including buildings and facilities and for services provided for the benefit of the Center, will be based on a methodology that recognizes the public benefit of the value of the historical, cultural, educational and recreational programs and activities that the non-profit Foundation intends to provide on public property, in arriving at reasonable compensation for such use.

The Department of Parks and Recreation and the Foundation will ensure free public access to the park's shoreline and open space areas as well as the ability to circulate throughout the park, noted as "open pedestrian routes" on Exhibit "A", the Master Plan diagram, with the exception of boarding the historic ships and admission to other exhibits as defined in the MOA. The integrity of the view corridors throughout the park will be maintained, also as shown in Exhibit "A" by the heavy arrows on the master plan diagram. Public access to these areas and routes may be temporarily closed during infrequent special events by mutual agreement between the City and organizations staging such events in the park. The criteria for, and number of, such events will be defined in the Memorandum of Agreement.

VI. Agreement with the State Department of Natural Resources:

The Parks and Recreation Department and the Foundation will need to develop an agreement with the State Department of Natural Resources regarding long term use of Waterways No. 3 and 4 for park and recreation purposes, continued operation and development of the Center for Wooden Boats, and for maritime activities over aquatic lands leased from the State of Washington including the moorage of historic ships.

VII. Coordination with Seattle Transportation Department (SEATRAN):

The Department of Parks and Recreation will work closely with SEATRAN to determine project specific traffic impacts on the Mercer Corridor, and coordinate with them to integrate South Lake Union Park access and parking with area-wide traffic improvements.

The Department of Parks and Recreation will make progress reports to the Council on their negotiations and coordination with key parties involved with the South Lake Union Park Master Plan.

Adopted by the City Council of the City of Seattle the _____day of _________, 2000, and signed by me in open session in authentication of its adoption this ____day of _______,2000.
______________________________
President of the City Council

THE MAYOR CONCURRING:
_______________________________________
Paul Schell, Mayor

Filled by me this ____day of ________, 2000.
__________________________
City Clerk

Attachment: Exhibit B

07/12/2000
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EXHIBIT B
SOUTH LAKE UNION PARK MASTER PLAN

Reasons for Master Plan Update

In 1986 City Council Resolution 27462 instructed the Department of Parks and Recreation to evaluate alternative concept plans for a major park at South Lake Union. The subsequent Phase I Planning Study in 1987 described and evaluated seven alternatives. An Environmental Impact Statement evaluated and compared variations on two of these alternatives, and in 1991 the City Council adopted a master plan for South Lake Union Park by Resolution 28444. Interim improvements were then made to open the City-owned portions of the park to public use.

By 1999 it became clear that the 1991 master plan needed updating. With the City acquiring the Naval Reserve property in 2000, it is timely to clarify the earlier plan's guidelines for reusing the Armory Building, and incorporating it into the park plan. The 1999 South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan also recommended several modifications of the park master plan. The City's plan for redeveloping its surplus South Lake Union properties along the Mercer/Valley corridor provided a context for modifying the park plan's traffic and parking assumptions. The Maritime Heritage Foundation's evolution into a larger and more viable organization warrants some reconfiguration and enlargement of the physical area they would manage in the park, with an operating agreement for that purpose.

Summary of Master Plan Concept

In broad outline, South Lake Union Park will encompass approximately 12 acres at the south end of Lake Union, with possible expansions at its east and west ends. The park will include a Maritime Heritage Center, allowing enlargement and reconfiguration of the existing Northwest Seaport and Center for Wooden Boats facilities and programs. The Maritime Heritage activities and facilities could expand within the former Naval Reserve Armory building and adjacent spaces, including the Wharf Project to provide moorage for large historic vessels, and a Native American Canoe Center. The amount of space dedicated to those activities will depend upon the Foundation's fulfillment of criteria set forth in a detailed Memorandum of Agreement with the City. The City's usage of the Armory Building for community-based and other activities could change over time in relation to the Maritime Heritage Center's increasing use.

The area generally west of the Terry Avenue right-of-way will be designed and used for public park, recreational and open space, typically accommodating non-scheduled recreation activities such as launching of hand-carried small boats, picnicking, and walking, as well as occasional scheduled events. The area east of Terry Avenue will be used primarily for Maritime Heritage Center facilities and activities. Public access corridors will be designated along the entire lake frontage of the park including the Maritime Heritage area east of Terry Avenue. Several "internal" public access and view corridors will also be maintained within the Maritime Heritage Center east of the Terry Avenue alignment.

Specific aspects of the Plan Concept Diagram (Exhibit A) and the Illustrative Site Plan (in Attachment 1) are explained in more detail below.

Maritime Heritage Center: The Maritime Heritage Center (MHC) will provide a regional focus for hands-on preservation of Pacific Northwest traditional boat building and maritime history. Maritime heritage uses will include moorage of large historic vessels moored at the Wharf (north of the Armory Building), together with some maritime exhibits inside the Armory Building, in nearby open plaza spaces and possibly in one or more new structures south of the Armory Building. The "Maritime Exhibits and Demonstrations" area could include open display of equipment, boats, and occasional small-scale repair/outfitting of the vintage large and small vessels moored nearby.

The Wharf, approximately 240 foot in width with a series of slips oriented generally in a north-south alignment, will provide long-term moorage with a probable capacity of 5 large heritage vessels, and an adjacent short-term space to the west for occasional visiting vessels, and related visitor facilities. A pedestrian ferry, water taxi and/or tour boat landing may be accommodated at the foot of the Terry Avenue Promenade. The MHC can also arrange for occasional short-term moorage of visiting heritage vessels along the bulkhead on the east side of Waterway 3.

The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) will expand its complex of floats and floating structures as generally shown on the Illustrative Plan, in Attachment 1. It will accommodate approximately 200 small wooden boats for display and public rental. Its floating dock system in Waterway 4 will provide public access to the CWB's floating repair shop, boathouse and administration building as well as to the boats themselves. Some of their float space will be allocated to transient day moorage for tying up visiting small boats.

All of these MHC uses will be located generally east of the Terry Avenue Promenade that is intended to be a primarily pedestrian public access and view corridor. (The Native American Canoe House cluster located west of the Terry Avenue corridor is also a part of the MHC, and is discussed separately below.) The specific square footage and configuration of MHC facilities in the areas shown for them on Exhibit A in Attachment 1 will not be known until more detailed design and financial feasibility studies are completed.

Uses of the Naval Armory Building: For at least an initial phase of park development the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation will occupy and operate the Armory Building, with some allocation of office, meeting and exhibit space for the Maritime Heritage Foundation to be considered in an interim use agreement. The exact mix of the Department's recreation-related uses is not yet determined. Over a period of time, observing milestones and criteria set forth in a Memorandum of Agreement, the City may reduce its recreational use of the Armory Building area, allowing the MHF to expand its programs if and when it demonstrates capability to do so. If it is determined by the City that it is desirable to put the Armory building to use to meet other public needs it reserves the right to do so. Physical modifications of the building will be limited according to terms of a covenant imposed by the Navy and the State Historic Preservation Officer, which identified both external and internal features considered significant in determining the building's eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.

Native American Canoe Center: This approximately 1/2 acre site will feature a Northwest Canoe Center longhouse and a carving shed, together occupying approximately 5,000 sq. ft. The Canoe Center will provide for launching and retrieval of Native American canoes from a restored beach on the east side of Waterway 3. The low-profile buildings will be integrated with the pathway system and landscape design, providing a transition between the adjacent natural area and the walkway along the low bulkhead quay to the north. Organizationally and programmatically, the Native American Canoe Center will be part of the MHF, although its location in the public open space part of the park will require coordinating its public access and operation with the surrounding park.

Picnic and Sitting Areas: Tables and benches will be distributed in appropriate areas of the park, accessible by the pathways and capitalizing on views of the lake. The concentrations of activities and events in and near the Maritime Heritage Center could support an outdoor seating area in conjunction with light food and beverage service. Due to the park's relatively small size, it will not include large concentrations of picnic tables or shelters for scheduled use, as they typically draw large groups of people with sizable access and parking needs.

Children's Play Area: While small-scale informal play is anticipated in many areas of the park, a structured play area that may become a "destination playground" is shown in the MHF's more active part of the park. In that location the nearby maritime exhibits may reinforce a nautical theme for the play area and equipment, and youthful energy will find a good outlet while adults explore the exhibits at a leisurely pace.

Parking: The plan concept diagrams (Exhibit A and Attachment 1) depict consolidated parking located south across Valley Street, connected to the park by a safe and convenient pedestrian access. Developing and operating a parking area available to park visitors at times of heavy use, especially summer evenings and weekends, may represent a considerable development expense in this thriving lakefront area.The park is estimated to need 244 spaces, assuming full buildout of the Park and wharf, and use of the Armory building as a Community Center. Of the 244 spaces, it is anticipated that about 50 would be provided off Westlake Avenue in the vicinity of the hand- carried boat launch area. Under the existing building code, use of the Armory for a museum instead of a community center would increase the required number of parking stalls by about 120 spaces in the absence of any adjustments for ease of alternative modes of access or other bases in Code.

Pedestrian Connection to Parking: The City's current studies of traffic management solutions in the Mercer Corridor may conclude that a signalized at-grade pedestrian connection between the park and the parking area may be feasible even with the high traffic volumes on Valley Street. However, the heavy through traffic may preclude that option. A pedestrian skybridge over the street may be another way to provide the necessary separation of pedestrians from vehicles. In either case, the garage, pedestrian crossing, and park entry plaza will be designed to make this arrival experience convenient and pleasant. Any pedestrian skybridge proposal will be subject to Council approval.
Auto/Bus Drop-Off Area: This mode of vehicular access is accommodated via a loop off of Valley Street, connecting with the same entry plaza feature an open pedestrian route from the main entry plaza northward along the Terry Avenue alignment. For most times of park operation, this will be an exclusively pedestrian precinct. For public safety reasons it will be designed to accommodate emergency vehicles when necessary. As shown in Exhibit A and Attachment 1, the promenade could have a turnaround at its northern end for vehicular access on special occasions. The "Terry Avenue Promenade" route will provide emergency and service vehicle access to the Wharf area north of the Armory, as well as to the pier along the east side of the Armory so that a vehicular loop runs southward to the auto/ bus drop-off.

Landscaped and Hard Surface Areas: This is an urban park in an area planned for high-density commercial and institutional development. As such, the plan concept diagrams show a substantial amount of "hardscape" in the form of plazas, walkways, vehicular drop-off driveway, and maritime activity areas. However, the plan also anticipates that part of the park's value will be realized in the "softer" components represented on the concept diagrams as Lawn/Landscape areas. The park design will balance these areas with the other park elements to provide a restful and beautiful setting for relaxation, walking, views, picnicking, unstructured play.

Visitors who come to the park for maritime displays, events and general recreation will be accommodated on designated hard spaces including the shoreline promenade and pathways, the maritime plaza(s), the Wharf, the Westlake and Terry Avenue arrival plazas, the main entry gate/ observation tower. These paved areas will be functionally and visually distinct from the turf/landscape areas described above. Paving materials, textures and colors can be varied in different parts of the park.

South Lake Union Park's expected use for occasional large public gatherings, e.g. the annual Wooden Boat Festival, concerts, etc., will not preclude large green spaces for more typical public use and enjoyment. One of these is the large turf/landscape area west of the Armory Building. The principle at stake is to avoid excessive paving of the park to withstand crowds that gather fairly infrequently. Sufficient green space is needed for summer days when people can relax in grassy surroundings. A substantial amount of green space is also valuable during the long wet season when people's enjoyment of the park will often be from a passing vehicle, or during brief walks in the park.

Wetland Area: The plan update continues a variation of the 1991 plan's wetland habitat area at the south end of Waterway Number 3. About one acre in size, this will be a kind of "wetland garden" feature in the park. Detailed design may lead to a configuration different from that shown on the conceptual diagrams. It should be designed to make a smooth transition between the high-bank terraced shoreline on the west side of Waterway 3, and the low-bank restored beach where canoes are launched at the Native American Canoe Center on the waterway's east side. Aside from the visual quality this feature may add to the park, it also affords an opportunity to enhance the lake's habitat, offsetting and mitigating other structured improvements along the shoreline. It can provide an opportunity for biofiltration of stormwater runoff from the park's hard-surfaced areas. The wetland can also increase the park's potential for natural as well as cultural interpretation.

Shoreline Renovation: South Lake Union Park will offer various shoreline characteristics along its approximately 1/2-mile length. It includes high-bank, terraced and revegetated lakefront on the west side of Waterway Number 3 (see Sections A, B and C), the wetland area at the south end of the waterway and the Native American Canoe Center's restored beach on the east side of the waterway(see Sections D and G). North and east of that the shoreline assumes a more rectangular, structured form of the existing Navy bulkhead quay, lowered so that pedestrians along the quay walkway will be about 18" above the summer lake level (see Section E). On special occasions, sizable heritage vessels can tie up alongside this quay, but most of the time it will be open to assure good views of the lake.

East of the Terry Avenue corridor, the shoreline pathway will rise gradually to meet the Armory Building and adjacent wharf elevation. The wharf when reconstructed will be narrower than it is today, reconfigured to allow visitors to walk between several of the heritage vessels moored there, as well as being able to continue walking eastward to Waterway 4. The old Navy pier along the east side of the Armory Building will be brought up to code to support emergency vehicle access, as well as continuous pedestrian movement. The shoreline at the south end of Waterway 4 will accommodate public access to the Center for Wooden Boats' floating buildings and moorage. The walkway system there will link directly to the public shoreline path system of the existing private Henry Pier and Chandler's Cove on the west side of Waterway 4.

Even though pedestrians along the Waterway 3 shoreline will in some places be close to the lake level, the pathway design will encourage direct contact with the water in just two places-at the kayak/canoe float on the west side of the waterway, and at the Native American Canoe Center's restored beach on the opposite bank. Elsewhere contaminated sediments remaining from previous industrial uses will for the foreseeable future restrict water contact recreation.

Pedestrian/Bike Trail: The pedestrian/bike trail around the perimeter of the park will connect the present trail terminus along Fairview Avenue East with the new Westlake Multipurpose Trail to be constructed in the year 2000. This trail connection cannot allow high-speed bike travel, but will incorporate design of the park's perimeter in a sweeping curve that offers another way for people to experience the park in passing around it. It will connect with but be separate from the internal pathway system for pedestrians in the park.

Park Design Theme Extension: As envisioned in the Neighborhood Plan recommendations, park design features are expected to influence neighborhood design and redevelopment. Certain aspects of the park may become part of the surrounding area's design vernacular, setting a tone for public spaces and the rights-of-way so that the park's influence goes beyond its boundaries. This may be expressed in the quality of materials used in the park, setting a different qualitative standard than found in the utilitarian design of many parks.

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