The Wayne Golf Course property will become a park owned and protected for public use.
You can see from the Wayne Visioning Sessions that determining the right direction for the land is a complicated balance between community vision, funding source restrictions , how the park fits in with park and recreation planning through the city and surrounding areas and being in harmony with the natural environment along the Sammamish river given its natural beauty and conservation value.
OneBothell, King County, Forterra, and the City of Bothell are working together to determine the end vision for the Park at Wayne, with support from our friends in the state of Washington.
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The Wayne property lies adjacent to the extremely popular Blyth Park, and allows for connections to three regional trails the 17.4 mile Tolt Pipeline Trail, 27 mile Burke-Gilman Trail, and 11-mile Sammamish River Trail.
Creating a new park with Blyth would bring together ~130 acre’s of green space and integrate the land with downtown Bothell with its connectivity, to the benefit of local communities as a regional attraction.
You can read J.R. Brennan’s presentation from the visioning process here. It gives a good indication of public interest and what we need to consider when looking for grant funding which adds restrictions to land usage and will constrain future plans where each grant is applied.
To show how funding is going and current state the grant restrictions view the Wayne Mission Progress page.
Forterra, King County, City of Bothell, and OneBothell will ensure care is taken in balancing public grant funds and other funding for the purchase of the property. The public grant funds will have associated deed restrictions that dictate how the property can be managed in the future. Other funding may have more flexibility to allow for additional community needs.
Ultimately, the actual plan for Wayne will be created through a master planning process. Once all of the land has been purchased from Forterra by the City, the public will be given several opportunities to comment on how the land will be used. As part of the process, the public will be informed that part of the land has restrictions due to the conservation easement, and additional restrictions will be in place based on the grants used to purchase the land. The City will need to take these restrictions into account when acting on the public’s requests and completing the master plan.