By: dgardner

BCRA designs new park for Fife

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
November 6, 2014
By Lynn Porter

Fife has started construction on the 16-acre Brookville Gardens Park on Valley Avenue just west of 70th Avenue East.

Russ Blount, the city's public works director, said the park will have pedestrian trails and two play structures for children.

Vegetation will be planted on the sides of Wapato Creek to create a wetlands corridor in the park. Visitors will be able to see the creek from a bridge over the corridor.

There will be two picnic shelters and restrooms — all with green roofs — and rain gardens to filter runoff from the parking lot and open space.

The park is expected to open in summer 2016.

BCRA is the architect, landscape architect, civil engineer and structural engineer, and is developed the environmental graphics. BPCI Earthworks is the contractor. Berger ABAM designed the wetlands corridor.

Blount said Wapato Creek is historically important to the Puyallup Tribe and the city.

The park land was a farm, and agricultural uses extended to the edge of the creek, which narrowed the creek-bed. Blount said the restoration will create a more natural flow.

Alan McWain, BCRA's director of landscape architecture, said this is Fife's first large passive park. It also will give visitors a firsthand look at creek restoration, with environmental graphics that explain the process.

He said the city also hopes the park will show private developers how green stormwater infrastructure can work. Fife wants to encourage developers to include green infrastructure in their projects, he said.

Blount said the park will cost about $10 million. That includes the land, which the city bought in 2001.

Fife has applied for a $1.2 million state grant to cover part of the cost. The rest of the money will come from city funds, Blount said.

He said the park will be a buffer between industrial uses and housing. The location is walking distance of the heart of Old Fife and neighborhoods with lots of apartments.

Construction began in July and the final phase should start next June.

The city is cleaning up some oil on the former farm.

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