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Terrace Creek (Candy Cane) Park: How Would You Improve It?

You may or may not know this but the City of Mountlake Terrace have several boards and commissions that residents can serve on to advise the City Council on a variety of issues. There are five boards and commissions: Arts Advisory Commission, Community Policing Advisory Board, Library Board, Planning Commission, and Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission (RPAC). Additionally, there is the Neighborhood Parks Improvement Subcommittee (NPIS) which makes recommendations to the RPAC on how to improve our City's parks. Each member of the NPIS represents and is responsible for a specific park in the City (there is also one roving position.) I have recently been appointed to the NPIS responsible for Terrace Creek Park.

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Here is the description of the park from the City's web site:

This 60-acre park, located north of 236th St. S.W. in the dip of 48th Avenue W., is the largest park in Mountlake Terrace. The extensive trail system connects the open play area and fields to the Recreation Pavilion and winds through the valley of trees for a mile to the north.

Often called the “Jewel” of Mountlake Terrace the amenities in this park include paved and natural hiking trails, a large playground apparatus, swings, a gazebo, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and an open grass field. The park also features an 18-hole disc golf course, one of the few in Snohomish or King counties.

I already have many ideas for improving the park and there are also many good ideas in the City's Recreation, Parks & Open Space Master Plan.

But I want to hear from you.

There are some obvious improvements that can be made to the park, foremost having an actual restroom near the play area rather than an outhouse and implementing some traffic calming on 48th to improve safety (and the perception of safety, which is equally important). These large expensive improvements are important, but they take a higher level of planning and funding that may be outside the City's operating budget. I'm also interested in hearing about the small, incremental changes that can be made to the park.  If you have any suggestions for small, inexpensive improvements or large, expensive projects that would improve Terrace Creek Park please leave a comment below.

Feel free to post as a comment here or see the embedded Facebook post below for some good discussion:

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