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This webpage reflects the earlier Pro Parks acquisition in 2003 and Parks current work with the Port of Seattle and King County on a new project.
At a public meeting on March 3, 2011 the Port of Seattle and Seattle Parks and Recreation lead a discussion about their properties in Smith Cove. The King County Wastewater Treatment Division also presented their proposal to construct an underground CSO holding tank in the area to protect water quality in Puget Sound.
The community advocated for the Port's property “West Yard” to become Park land and that the CSO facility be accommodated therein. With community and political support, Parks and King County negotiated this result.
In March 2013, an agreement was reached between the City, King County and the Port of Seattle to acquire the “West Yard” property for the Magnolia Combined Sewer Overflow project and as an addition to Smith Cove Park.
The cost to the City is all to be covered by funding that is or will be available to Parks and Recreation. The total acquisition cost is $5,216,000. Funded from the following:
While this acquisition has been driven by King County’s need to site the Magnolia CSO facility, and they have been a helpful partner in these negotiations with the Port, what the City and the public will gain, is a long desired 5+ acre waterfront park on Elliott Bay. It can be viewed as the terminus of what will be a great new public amenity at the completion of the Central Waterfront project.
For more information view this news release.
Thank you Seattle! This acquisition is complete.
The Pro Parks Levy includes Smith Cove Acquisition as a Neighborhood Parks Acquisition project. In addition to Pro Parks Levy funds, this acquisition was made possible by funding from the Shoreline Park Improvement Fund and from King County.
The property is comprised of:
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May 15, 2013
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