Park in North Pointe Neighborhood Named Exploration Park

Park in North Pointe Neighborhood Named Exploration Park
Posted on 12/08/2017
Design rendering of Exploration ParkThe Mill Creek City Council voted at its Dec. 5 meeting to name the park in the City’s North Pointe neighborhood Exploration Park.

The name was chosen because the natural play park’s community-selected features create opportunities for child exploration. This includes a large play lawn; a natural play area for children, including a climbing hill with embedded slide, logs and rocks; a frog pond; a short tunnel; and some benches and picnic tables for relaxing and eating.

“Exploration Park will be a great addition to the City’s current park system and will incorporate many new natural play features trending in the national parks and recreation industry,” said Brian Davern, recreation and tourism manager. “This project so far has revealed a high level of civic engagement by our residents, which is indicative of our strong community spirit.”

In 2006, the circular 1.2 acre park in the North Pointe neighborhood located just west of 35th Avenue SE was dedicated to the City. Interim park improvements were constructed consisting of lawn, perimeter landscape beds and street trees. Beginning in April of 2016, the Parks and Recreation Board, with the assistance of the Design Review Board, developed four design concept alternatives for the final development of the park for public review and input.

Several hundred citizens provided public input on the alternatives at the Mill Creek Festival and two open houses held at the park in July and August of 2016. The clear public preference was the natural play park concept, which City Council formally adopted at their September 27, 2016, regular meeting.

Broad community input was solicited to obtain name suggestions for consideration, including a City web-based survey and surveys at the Mill Creek Festival and Art Walks in summer 2017. In total, 75 name submissions were received.

Construction is anticipated to begin in spring/summer 2018.