Through community support and the engagement of the Arlington Rotary, the first two phases of renovation are complete which included developing a new playground, restroom, and boat launch.
This next phase will develop an exciting water experience for the community. Community support for this project has been extensive, including donations from the Arlington Rotary, the Stillaquamish Tribe, and the Friends of the Park campaign. Construction will begin spring 2018.
Pocket Park for Downtown Arlington
This project is to construct a pocket park in the downtown Arlington business corridor. This is a strategy created out of the North Stillaguamish Valley Economic Redevelopment Plan (NSVER) and the America's Best Communities Competition. Leaders from Arlington created a 1 year Community Revitalization Plan for the ABC Competition out of the larger NSVER plan. One of the placemaking strategies for the Community Revitalization Plan was to create plans for pocket parks. Downtowns benefit from small scale public places, pocket parks, which provide opportunities for visitors and shoppers to stay and enjoy the community. We gathered public input by hosting several temporary “pop-up parks”. Using the public input, we have done design work.
The City of Arlington is purchasing property at 404 N Olympic Avenue (Howell's Service Station) and will be building the pocket park on the south side of the property. The building will be converted to an Innovation Center. Pocket Park construction should begin summer 2018. For more information, contact Sarah Lopez at email@example.com .
Country Charm Conservation Area
The City of Arlington has purchased this property to preserve floodplain processes and fish and wildlife habitat, and to provide recreational opportunities for the citizens of Arlington and the surrounding community. The County Charm Conservation Area legal description shows 138.5 acres. Part of the property (38.69 acres) referred to as the Graafstra Farm Buffer Area (GFBA) was purchased with the SRFB grant.
Future plans for this park include:
- Walking trails
- Beach access
- Dog park
- Trout pond
Development of park components is dependent on funding.
Click here to view a map of the proposed layout (PDF).
Riverfront Master Plan
The City has completed a riverfront master plan that identifies current park and recreation opportunities and proposed elements. A goal of the Riverfront Master Plan is to improve connections and access between recreation opportunities and services and to identify future uses for this unique area along the Stillaguamish River. The connections include:
- Country Charm Park
- Twin Rivers Park
- Haller Park
- Stormwater Wetland
- Retail Properties
- Centennial Trail
- Connector Trails