Park Projects

Haller Park

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.

Spray Park (Splash Pad)

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.

Splash Pad Update May 17, 2018

Haller Splash Pad Project to be Rebid

Bid received was $500,000 over budget for project. Project opening delayed to Spring 2019

Arlington staff opened the bids on the long-awaited Splash Pad at Haller Park on May 10. “To our dismay, the only bid received came in $500,000 over budget,” stated Public Works Director Jim Kelly. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $775,500. The lone bid received was $1.3 million. Kelly continued, “after speaking with a number of contractors in the area after the bids were opened, we discovered that contractors wanted to bid on it but couldn’t fit the work in to their schedule. They just couldn’t have the project completed in the time specified.” Contractors also shared that if the construction timeline was extended to early 2019 they would be happy to consider bidding.

Stated Mayor Barbara Tolbert, “I never want to break a promise; but we need to do the fiscally prudent thing and rebid the project.” She concluded, “we know the community is anxious for us to finish this project and we will, just a little later than we originally anticipated.”

Arlington staff opened the bids on the long-awaited Splash Pad at Haller Park on May 10. “To our dismay, the only bid received came in $500,000 over budget,” stated Public Works Director Jim Kelly. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $775,500. The lone bid received was $1.3 million. Kelly continued, “after speaking with a number of contractors in the area after the bids were opened, we discovered that contractors wanted to bid on it but couldn’t fit the work in to their schedule. They just couldn’t have the project completed in the time specified.” Contractors also shared that if the construction timeline was extended to early 2019 they would be happy to consider bidding.

Stated Mayor Barbara Tolbert, “I never want to break a promise; but we need to do the fiscally prudent thing and rebid the project.” She concluded, “we know the community is anxious for us to finish this project and we will, just a little later than we originally anticipated.”



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 slopez@arlingtonwa.gov .


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:

  • Campground
  • Walking trails
  • Beach access
  • Dog park
  • Trout pond
  • Playfields

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