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Visit a Park

To get more information about Edmonds Parks click here.
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Urban Forest Management Plan

We are in the process of developing an Urban Forest Management Plan. Click here for up-to-date project info.

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Public Survey for Downtown Parking Study

Thanks to the over 700 people who participated in the online survey and the approximately 45 people who attended the Public Scoping Meeting on 8/8.  To view a video recording of the Public Scoping meeting, click here.  To view a summary report on the results of the public survey, click here.  
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Citizens' Housing Commission

Follow along at the project website
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Highway 99 Corridor / Subarea Planning

The Highway 99 Subarea Plan is a vision for land use and transportation along the corridor.  You can find more information here.
rain garden2 compAh, Fall in the Pacific Northwest, with the pitter-patter of raindrops on your roof, signaling the end of summer.  Storms lasting for hours, if not days!  So, where does all that rain water go?  Does the runoff flow from your roof drains, across your driveway, and onto your street, finally running to the nearest storm drain?  Or does the runoff stay on your property; is it collected in a rain barrel or directed to a rain garden?  What’s a rain garden?  Rain gardens are a common-sense feature for a Pacific Northwest yard, consisting of planted, shallow depressions that collect runoff from rooftops, driveways, and other areas that don’t allow water to soak into the ground.  They can be shaped to fit your lot, landscaped to match the surroundings, planted to complement your existing garden, and are sized to temporarily store stormwater runoff (not a pond - no standing water!!).

rain garden3 compHow do rain gardens work?  Rain gardens use soils and plants to slow and reduce rain water runoff, allowing it to soak naturally into the ground where the soils allow.  Pollutants (including oil and grease from driveways and pesticides/fertilizers from lawns) carried in the runoff collect in the rain garden and filter through the plants’ root systems and soil.  As a result, those pollutants are kept out of our local water bodies.  Remember, storm drains in Edmonds don’t flow to wastewater treatment plants, but discharge without treatment to our local water bodies.  Any polluted runoff we direct to rain gardens is runoff we keep out of Edmonds Marsh, one of our many small creeks such as Shell or Perrinville Creek, Lake Ballinger, and Puget Sound.

The benefits of rain gardens extend beyond stormwater treatment.  Rain gardens are beautiful additions to your landscaping, enhancing your property.  They provide habitat for beneficial insects and birds; reduce flooding, sewer overflows, and erosion in streams by absorbing runoff from hard surfaces; and increase groundwater recharge.

rain garden compTo promote the use of rain gardens, the City of Edmonds is starting a Residential Rain Garden Program.  The goals of the program are to reduce stormwater runoff, educate residents about stormwater issues, and involve the residents in stormwater management solutions by helping them install rain gardens on their property.  The City has already gathered a group of residents who have expressed interest in installing rain gardens on their property.  We’ve also involved the Snohomish Conservation District and WSU Extension, to use their established rain garden programs to teach/coordinate our resident volunteers and possibly provide funding for the rain gardens.  At least one neighborhood will be selected for the rain garden cluster based on the following requirements:
  • There are at least 6 property owners willing to install rain gardens, and neighbors are supportive of the rain garden program;
  • Each rain garden must be planted entirely on private property and will be maintained by the property owner;
  • Site conditions, particularly soil drainage characteristics, are favorable for rain gardens (to be verified prior to selection);
  • The rain garden must be visible from the street.

If you’re interested in joining, talk to your neighbors and build some excitement about installing rain gardens in your neighborhood.  Let them know that the City has resources, and possibly funding, to make this happen.  Please contact Patrick Johnson at the City of Edmonds by December 1, 2014 if your neighborhood has at least six interested property owners wanting to participate.  You can also contact Mike should you have questions about rain gardens, rain barrels, or other stormwater issues at pat.johnson@edmondswa.gov or 425.771.0220 x1322.  Or for information on rain gardens, go to the 12,000 Rain Gardens resources page (http://www.12000raingardens.org/resources/), which includes the current rain garden handbook, a great guide for homeowners interested in installing rain gardens. 

dont drip drive compAnd now, an update to our summer newsletter article “Don’t Drip and Drive – Get Those Leaks Fixed” (link to summer 2014 newsletter article):  the City of Edmonds, WSU Extension and Sound Salmon Solutions successfully held two vehicle-leak detection events on August 22 at the Edmonds PCC Market and September 15 at Yost Pool.  The events were part of the Puget Sound-wide Don’t Drip and Drive campaign, designed to build awareness and educate people about checking vehicles for leaks regularly to keep cars on the road and protect local waters.  A total of 148 cars were checked at the two events and 4 cars were found to have leaks.  Car owners were given a voucher for a free professional evaluation at a participating repair shop, and discounts for repairs.  That’s 148 cars with empowered owners, on their way to keeping vehicle fluids out of our local water bodies.  As you may know, more than 7 million quarts of motor oilannuallydrips out of vehicles onto streets and parking lots and makes its way to lakes, rivers, and streams including Puget Sound.  Most of this toxic pollution comes from small drips from cars and trucks.  More information on the campaign can be found at www.fixcarleaks.org.

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City Hires New State Legislative Lobbyist

Debora Munguia picDebora Munguia Will Serve Edmonds in Olympia

(Edmonds, WA) - After several years of outstanding service by Olympia lobbyist Jennifer Ziegler, who is cutting back her workload in 2020, Mayor Earling has engaged the services of Olympia-based Debora Munguia to provide government relations and lobbyist services in 2020. read more

Edmonds Marsh Project Awarded NFWF Funding

Edmonds Marsh Daylighting Project Awarded $450,000 for Design Work

(Edmonds, WA) – The City of Edmonds is excited to have received a notice of an award of $450,000 in grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) National Coastal Resiliency Fund to further design of the Edmonds Marsh Daylighting Project, which seeks to reestablish the hydraulic connection between the Edmonds Marsh and Puget Sound and restore significant fish and wildlife habitat that has been lost over time. read more 

Tree Board has Vacancies to Fill

The Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board has several member positions plus an alternate member position that may be available in January 2020. The City is seeking applications for these positions.

The Citizens’ Tree Board actively encourages the planting, protecting, and maintaining of trees for long-term community benefit. Tree Board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month, starting at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N, Edmonds. Members may assist with special events, such as tree planting for Arbor Day.

More information about the Tree Board is on the Tree Board website
Board members must live within the Edmonds city limits. Interests or backgrounds in urban forestry, horticulture, and habitat enviroscaping are encouraged but not required

Each councilmember appoints one Tree Board member to a term that matches the term of the appointing councilmember. The alternate member is appointed by the council president to a one-year term. All appointments must be confirmed by a majority of the full city council.

The application form is available as follows:

Online at:          www.edmondswa.gov Go to Boards and Commissions under the government tab and click on current openings

Other:  

E-mail:          jana.spellman@edmondswa.gov to have an application e-mailed to you.

At City Hall:   First and Second Floor Reception desks 121 5th Ave N Edmonds, WA.

Call:              425.771.0220 to have application mailed to you.

Applications must be submitted to the City by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019.



See application form for submission information.

Mayor Earling Offers Comments on the Effects of Initiative 976

Passage of I-976 May Mean up to $700,000 Hit to Transportation Budget

(Edmonds, WA) - A STATEMENT BY MAYOR EARLING:

After clear passage by Washington voters of Initiative 976, aimed at rolling back automobile license tab fees to just $30, the impacts to Edmonds, the Puget Sound Region, and the State are just starting to be estimated. One thing is certain: cutbacks across the board and around the state may need to become a reality. read more

Attention Food Service Businesses! - New ordinances take effect January 1, 2020

Reminder: New food service ordinances take effect January 1, 2020. Ordinance #4145 adopts a city-wide ban on use of noncompostable single use plastic utensils by food service businesses. Ordinance #4139 adopts a ban on the use of non-compostable food service containers by food service businesses wtihin the City of Edmonds. For more information, click here.

City and Ed! Announce 3rd Annual Amateur Caroling Contest

City and Ed! announce third annual amateur caroling contest in downtown Edmonds. For more information click here.

Edmonds Sister City Commission Recruiting Chaperones for the 2020 Student Exchange

Chaperones to lead a group of 10 local students ages 14-18 on this two week exchange

1049 MMS 1564393556655 attachment1 20190729 175109(Edmonds – WA) Every summer students from the Edmonds area visit our Sister City of Hekinan, Japan for a two week stay. Edmonds Sister City Commission is accepting applications for educators interested in co-leading this trip during the last two weeks of July 2020. Chaperones stay with a host family in Hekinan and travel costs are paid by the Commission. This program has organized exchanges between the two Sister Cities for over 500 middle and high school aged students. Press Release | Application

Edmonds Sells Civic Park Bonds at Favorable Rate

Interest cost to City lower than expected

(Edmonds, WA) – On the heels of last week’s Standard & Poor’s award of its highest, “AAA” credit rating to the City of Edmonds, today’s sale of bonds for the development of Civic Park exceeded expectations, with a favorably low interest cost offered by the winning firm, Raymond James & Associates. read more

Downtown Edmonds Holiday Market Returns for 2019

The Downtown Edmonds Holiday Market returns for a fifth season. Starts Saturday, November 9, 2019. For more information click here

Downtown Edmonds Holiday Market Returns for 2019

The Downtown Edmonds Holiday Market returns for a fifth season. Starts Saturday, November 9, 2019. For more information click here

S&P Global Ratings assigned its AAA rating to Edmonds

sandpStandard & Poor’s Global Ratings assigned its coveted “AAA” long-term rating to the City of Edmonds, a first in the City’s history. The international credit-ratings firm declared their outlook as “stable” for the Edmonds financial picture in assigning its triple-A rating for series 2019 limited tax general obligation bonds. Read the Full Report Here

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