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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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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
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Citizens' Housing Commission

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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.
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Trees – what to plant and what to remove – is always a hot topic.Trees provide many benefits to a community. Trees improve air quality, reduce energy consumption, help manage stormwater, reduce erosion, provide habitat for wildlife (and people), promote a connection with our natural environment, and provide aesthetic value (“trees are the view”). Trees within an urban environment also provide many challenges. Trees can be a hazard to people and structures, interfere with infrastructure, require ongoing maintenance, and can be an obstruction of valued views (“trees block the view”). Because of the benefits and challenges provided by our urban trees, there are many strong and varied feelings with regard to tree protection and removal in the City of Edmonds. 

The City of Edmonds Community Development Code has many overlapping regulations that directly and indirectly influence tree protection and/or removal on private property within the city. The most protective code for tree retention is the City’s critical area regulations. Critical areas include the streams and wetlands located throughout the City as well as steep slopes (particularly slopes greater than 40%). For the most part, trees within critical areas and critical area buffers must be retained unless they are determined to be hazard trees by a certified arborist. Even then, hazard trees that are removed must be replaced at a ratio of two to one with native and indigenous species.

While the critical area regulations provide strong protections against tree removal, there is no general code requirement to protect trees on developed single family lots unless a critical area is on or adjacent to the site. These ‘exempt’ lots comprise the majority of properties in Edmonds.

One of the more frequent complaints related to tree removal in the city is when properties are developed or subdivided. While a goal of the City’s code is that “trees should be retained to the maximum extent feasible,” other applicable development regulations help determine what is feasible. We have regulations that prescribe how wide driveways and roads must be, how far the development must be from the edges of a property, utilities (water, sewer, gas, and power) that must be installed underground, and stormwater requirements that require the installation of stormwater facilities. As a result, when one of the larger properties in the City containing a grove of trees is developed to meet the many regulations and needs, sometimes only a few trees are located outside of the development footprint. Trees that were once stable in their grove, are susceptible to wind throw and become hazardous when isolated on their own. Where a tree was once the right tree in the right location (one tree protected in a larger grove), it may no longer be the right tree in the right location (an exposed tree on the perimeter of a lot) following development. Younger trees that will grow may be planted to help offset the changes.

The City of Edmonds, as beautiful as it is, no longer contains the virgin forest of western red cedar, Douglas fir, and western hemlock that existed when George Brackett landed on the shore of Puget Sound in the 1870’s. Pictures of early Edmonds depict a town being established in the clear-cuts that fed the local lumber mills - the economic engine of early Edmonds. Over the last hundred years, trees have been planted and volunteers have grown in various places. The urban forest that exists in the City today does not resemble the forested landscape of George Brackett’s time. Trees are living things; The nature of our urban forest will continue to evolve over the next hundred years.

In order to help guide what this urban forest of the future looks like, the City of Edmonds is currently developing an Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP).  The UFMP emphasizes issues related to trees that the City of Edmonds has direct control over (parks, right-of-way, and streets trees), but also discusses strategies for tree retention and protection on private properties. In 2019 the City will be refining earlier drafts of the UFMP with the goal for the City Council to decide on the UFMP this year. We expect the final UFMP to contain objectives, goals and policies that will help guide later activities, including development code updates. These code updates could provide more ways to encourage greater tree retention when properties are developed. 

Trees are living things that will grow, require maintenance, and sometimes require removal to accommodate development for the future or because of nuisance or safety concerns. A small tree may not immediately provide the same value as a large tree that has recently been removed. Over time, that small tree will grow and contribute to the community for many years to come. While we will not return to the virgin forests of George Brackett’s time, with proper management we can maintain and possibly improve upon the urban forest we leave to future generations.

Compost Fest - Cedar Grove promotion available until October 14

Cedar Grove has a fall Compost Fest underway, running through October 14. Fred Meyer locations, Cedar Grove locations and other independent retailers across the Puget Sound region will offer the promotional items. Visit the Compost Fest website to download coupons and view participating retailers

Dogs Invited to Swim at Yost Pool September 21st

Dogs Invited to Swim at Yost Pool September 21st

Don’t miss the inaugural Paws in the Pool event hosted by the City of Edmonds and O.L.A.E.

(Edmonds - WA) - Edmonds is going to the dogs! The City of Edmonds Parks & Recreation and Off-Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E) will be hosting the first ever Paws in the Pool event, Saturday September 21st at Yost Pool, 9535 Bowdoin Way. Proof of current rabies vaccination will be required prior to entry.  Swim sessions will be separated by dog’s weight and all dogs must be spayed or neutered. 

Dogs 50 lbs and under – 10 am - Noon
Dogs 51 lbs and over – 1 pm – 3 pm

Fee is $5 per dog with proceeds supporting ongoing maintenance at Yost Pool. Registration is encouraged. Walk-ups will be accepted as space permits.

Sponsored in part by: Fifth Avenue Animal Hospital, Bridge Animal Referral Center (BARC), Peaceful Companion, Muttley Square, SplashDog, Muddy Pawz Dog Spa, Blue Collar Doghouse, Pawz 4 Pawz, Compassion 4 Paws, and Urban Wild Animal Training.

Rules, regulations and to register, go to reczone.org and search ‘paws’. For more information regarding the Paws in the Pool event contact Kim Anderson, Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Coordinator 425-771-0268 or kim.anderson@edmondswa.gov.

84th Ave W Overlay Project - Construction Notice

Construction on the 84th Avenue Overlay Project will commence in early September of 2019, and be completed by November (weather permitting).

The project involves a full-width roadway grind and 2-inch overlay with new pavement between 212th St. SW and 220th St. SW. The project also proposes to add bike lanes on both sides of the street from 215th St. SW to 212th St. SW and sharrows from 220th St. SW to 215th St. SW, in order to connect to the existing bicycle networks along 220th St. SW and 212th St. SW. The addition of bike lanes will modify the existing lane configuration and remove on-street parking on the east side of 84th Ave. W from 215th St. SW to 212th St. SW. Pedestrian curb ramps will be upgraded to comply with the current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Pedestrian safety improvements will be incorporated into this project through the installation of pedestrian-actuated rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) at the crosswalk directly in front of the Chase Lake Elementary School and a bulb-out at the 215th St. SW crosswalk. Stormwater improvements will be completed from 220th St. SW to 215th St. SW, including upsizing the stormwater line to a 12” pipe and upgrading the catch basins.

Intermittent traffic delays can be expected, but residential, pedestrian, and business access will be open throughout the project. The project is being funded by a federal transportation grant and local funding from the stormwater utility fund and real estate excise tax.

For questions or comments, please contact Jaime Hawkins, Capital Projects Manager, at (425)771-0220 or via e-mail at jaime.hawkins@edmondswa.gov.

The City of Edmonds Salary Commission is seeking public input.

How much should members of the Edmonds City Council and the Mayor be paid? The City of Edmonds Salary Commission is seeking public input on these important questions.

The City of Edmonds 2019 Salary Commission is asking members of the community through civic and business organizations, as well as the general public, to complete a survey in regards to Mayor and Council salaries. Take the online survey or visit City Hall for a paper version. The survey will close at the end of business on Monday, August 19, 2019.

 
A  Public Hearing and Specially Called Meeting has been scheduled for: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 7:00 pm Public Safety Training Room 250 Fifth Ave. N, Edmonds, WA, 98020

Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Each person will be given up to three minutes to speak. Follow this link for more information. 

Housing Commission Appointed

From 135 applications for the new Citizens’ Housing Commission, 15 members and 8 alternates have been appointed. The Commission’s task is to develop housing policy options for City Council consideration.

                        Housing Commission appointees by district are listed below:

District 1 (by Council member Kristiana Johnson): James Ogonowski and Karen Herrick (with Leif Warren, alternate);

District 2 (by Council member Dave Teitzel): Keith Soltner and Weija (Vicky) Wu (with Wendy Wyatt, alternate);

District 3 (by Council member Adrienne Fraley-Monillas): George Keefe and John Reed (with Eva-Denise Miller, alternate);

District 4 (by Council member Mike Nelson): Nichole Franko and Mike McMurray (with Kenneth Sund, alternate);

District 5 (by Council member Tom Mesaros); Greg Long and Tanya Kataria (with Shirley Havenga, alternate);

District 6 (by Council member Diane Buckshnis): Jess Blanch and Alena Nelson-Vietmeier (with Rick Nishino, alternate);

District 7 (by Council member Neil Tibbott): Judi Gladstone and Will Chen (with Jean Salls, alternate).

The Mayor’s appointment is “at-large” (not district-based): Bob Throndsen (with Tana Axtelle, alternate).

The Housing Commission was established by a resolution earlier this year. Under the resolution, the Commission is charged with developing, by the end of 2020, “diverse housing policy options for Council consideration designed to expand the range of housing (including rental and owned) available in Edmonds: options that are irrespective of age, gender, race, religious affiliation, physical disability or sexual orientation.”

The seven districts in Edmonds are based on U.S. Census areas, with roughly equal populations among them. The intent of this approach was to have representation from all parts of the city. This is the first time a district-based approach to commission appointments has been used in Edmonds.

All meetings of the Housing Commission will be open to the public. A date for the first meeting is being determined to allow as many of the new Commissioners to attend as possible. The meeting date and place will be announced ahead.   Monthly meetings will be scheduled after that.

To encourage more opportunities for local involvement, additional public events (such as open houses or town halls) will be scheduled and announced too. The events will vary in location and occur at least once per quarter. A broader community outreach strategy is being developed.

More information about the Housing Commission effort is online at: https://www.citizenshousingcommission.org/.

Mayor Appoints Jessica Neill Hoyson as the City's New Human Resources Director

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(Edmonds - WA) Mayor Dave Earling has appointed Jessica Neill Hoyson to fill the vacant Human Resources Director position at the City of Edmonds. City Council confirmed Jessica Neill Hoyson’s appointment at the Monday, August 5, 2019 Council meeting.

The City opened the HR Director recruitment on May 23, 2019 shortly after the prior HR Director, Mary Ann Hardie, provided her resignation notice. Mary Ann Hardie had served the City for fourteen years and was in the Director role since Council brought it back in September of 2016. read more

Request for Qualification (RFQ) for Housing Meeting Facilitation and/or Community Engagement Services

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) For Citizens’ Housing Commission Meeting Facilitation and/or Community Engagement Services

SUMMARY
The City of Edmonds seeks professional services from a person or team to provide support for the work of a newly formed Housing Commission in one of the following ways: (1) meeting facilitation; (2) community engagement; or (3) both meeting facilitation and community engagement. Interested parties may submit their qualifications to support the City in any of these three ways. To be considered for the project, interested firms must submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) by August 15, 4:00 pm.

[Note: A similar project was advertised in May, 2019 but the RFQ has since been revised to include specific budget information, clarifications, and new dates.]


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A new Citizens Housing Commission will work between Fall 2019 and the end of 2020 to develop housing policies for recommendation to the City Council.   The City desires professional support to: (1) facilitate each Commission meeting to ensure good discussion and schedule progress; and (2) provide guidance and assistance to broadly and meaningfully engage the community on housing issues.   These two roles may be provided by the same firm or different firms, depending on qualifications and availability. Use of technology and visual tools is encouraged.  Click here for the full description.

Share your insights at Downtown Edmonds parking study scoping meeting.

Public encouraged to attend August 8th meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Brackett Room. For more information please click here.

All Aboard the FREE Edmonds Summer Trolley!

Summer trolley to run 11 am - 6 pm on Saturdays in August between downtown Edmonds and the waterfront district. Click here for more information. 

Seaview Playground Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for July 24th

City to Celebrate the Opening of its First Inclusive-style Playground
SEAVIEW PLAYGROUND Ribbon Cutting scheduled for10am, Wednesday, July 24th

The City of Edmonds is pleased to announce that the inclusive playground at Seaview Park is near completion. The playground features play activities for children of all abilities including a poured in place fall surface material and multiple interactive spaces accessible at ground level AND a challenging climbing structure. In addition, the swings have been expanded from four (4) to seven (7) with the addition of an adaptive swing, a disc swing and a toddler bucket swing.

“As a neighborhood playground, we designed this in partnership with the Seaview community, we are very appreciative of the Edmonds City Council and Councilmember Nelson for their support in ensuring we had the resources necessary to be inclusive in our approach to the Seaview Playground,” stated City of Edmonds Deputy Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Burley.

You are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 24, at 10:00 a.m. at Seaview Park, 80thAve W & 186thSt. SW.

For more information regarding the Seaview Playground Ribbon Cutting contact Shannon Burley, Deputy Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director 425-771-0232 orshannon.burley@edmondswa.gov.

Dog Rules in Parks Have Changed

City code has been simplified, let us clarify where you can and cannot take your dogs...

City Council has approved an updated code regarding dogs in parks on a trial basis. Dogs in parks must remain on a leash and in the owner’s control. Here in Edmonds we do not have a significant dog enforcement team and appreciate the efforts of dog owners to self-police. In addition to expanding opportunities for pet owners, the parks crew will be installing additional dog waste stations in parks. Click here for questions and answers regarding dogs in parks wtih our Parks Director, Carrie Hite

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