Pedestrian Park and Senior Center Plaza

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Overview

On Oct. 17, 2022, via AB 8448, City Council authorized $3.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for civic park improvements at Veterans Memorial Consolidated Park - Pedestrian Park & Senior Center Plaza. Learn more about the Community Investment Strategy.

Background

In 2019, work began on the Anchor Parks Project which sought to create new visions for Tibbetts Valley Park, Veterans Memorial Park and the Issaquah Creek Corridor. Preliminary concepts were created just prior to the pandemic in early 2020. In late 2021, conversations with both the Park Board and community focus groups, identified Veterans Memorial Park should be the first of the three parks to proceed with long-term visioning. 

In summer 2022, City Council began conversations around the Community Investment Strategy, and sought Park Board feedback on which parks to consider. On Oct. 17, 2022, via AB 8448, City Council authorized the following ARPA expenditures: $3.2 million funding towards Veterans Memorial Consolidated Park focusing on Pedestrian Park and the Senior Center Plaza, and $800,000 towards Confluence Park Ek House Shelter Improvements.

Through early 2023, park staff worked with a Park Board ad-hoc committee to review design elements to refine what was presented to the community. The committee and community helped shape two themes, the Valley Trail and the Creekside Table. In Pedestrian Park the cascading water element, sinuous planter areas, wood seating elements and staggered grove of trees concepts reflect the valley floor of Issaquah. These same concepts are carried through to the Senior Center enhancing the activity space and community pavilion that will act as a gateway to Veterans Memorial park, and provide a more integrated connection between the Senior Center and the surrounding park. 

In spring 2023, a community survey and public open house were conducted to seek further community feedback and to better refine the conceptual designs. These further refined design options were presented to the Park Board ad-hoc committee and full Park Board through fall 2023. Through this community outreach and work with city staff the final design for Pedestrian Park and Senior Center Plaza features multigenerational spaces for gathering that will enrich these gateway areas and compliment Olde Town.

In November 2023, the formal permit application for the projects were submitted. Site Plans for that design can be viewed here. As the timeline outlines, once through permitting, a bid award for construction is scheduled for late Q1 2024.

Timeline

  • February 27, 2023: Park Board Meeting
  • March 6-19, 2023: Online Survey (results of survey)
  • March 7, 2023: Open House
  • March 27, 2023: Park Board Meeting
  • April 24, 2023: Park Board Meeting
  • May 22, 2023: Park Board Meeting (Note: Park Board took an Advisory Action to recommend moving the preferred concept forward into Final Design Documents and Permitting)
  • Q3-Q4 2023: Final design, construction documents, and permitting
  • November 2023: Permit Application formally submitted
  • Q1 2024: Advertise for construction bids & bid award
  • Q1-Q4 2024: Construction. Projected opening May 2025

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