Civic Center Master Plan
In the fall of 2015, after leasing the property for 40 years, Civic Center Playfield was acquired by the City of Edmonds from the Edmonds School District. The City has been operating the property as a park since 1975, with little change to its layout since its former use by the Edmonds High School. Just under 8 acres, the park is positioned near the Edmonds downtown commercial area alongside single and multi-family housing. The project goal is to provide the City of Edmonds with a Master Plan based on community input that envisions Civic Field as a signature park in the heart of downtown Edmonds.
Walker Macy, a Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm, was hired by the Edmonds Parks and Recreation Department in April 2016, through an RFQ and interview process, to lead The Civic Field Master Planning effort. The project goal is to provide the City of Edmonds with a Master Plan based on community input that envisions Civic Field as a signature park in the heart of downtown Edmonds.
The design team will be working with the community to explore desired outcomes for redeveloping Civic Center Playfield. We will be hosting three online and three in-person public open houses. Each open house will address a different project milestone and will build upon feedback received from the community. In-person Open Houses held at the Edmonds Plaza Room 650 Main Street. Online open houses will be launched the day after each in-person open house and will be accessible for two weeks at the following address: http://edmondscivicfield.participate.online/
If you have questions or comments on this project contact Carrie Hite at email@example.com.
1. Park Activities
In-person: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Online: Friday, June 24-Friday, July 8
2. Master Plan Alternatives
In-person: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Online: Thursday, August 25-Thursday, September 8
3. Preferred Master Plan Review
In-person: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Online: Thursday, October 20-Thursday, November 3
Today, the approximately 8 acre site includes a playground, basketball and tennis courts, football field, soccer fields, track, skate park, petanque courts, portable restrooms, and two structures - the Grand Stand and the Boys and Girls Club (former high school field house).
Civic Center Playfield is currently used for community sports team practices and games by local youth organizations, nearby residents, and recreation programs as well as for events such as the 4th of July, Taste of Edmonds, Holy Rosary Field Day and the Wenatchee Youth Circus.
The planning effort will consider the full site with special consideration for six of the acres that fall under Conservation Easement Deed restrictions as follows:
-Must be preserved as open space (i.e. used for recreation either passive or active)
-No synthetic turf
-No new playfields, existing fields can remain if desired
-Temporary festival use can be accomodated.
Two of the acres that include the field house are exempt from the deed restrictions.