Here are highlights of tonight’s final design meeting for the future Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. We’ll chase down some other threads in the morning. (For an enlargeable map of the park, click here.)
* There’s no off-leash dog area in the plan.
* There’s no skateboard park, either, although one could be added if about $120,000 could be raised separately.
Those two missing elements were the most hotly argued at Wednesday night’s meeting. “Community comments split pretty much 50-50 on the off-leash area,” said Greg Brower of The Berger Partnership, park planners. A dog park would take about an acre, or the size of one of the playgrounds in the lower park, he said.
Community input from the Maple Leaf neighborhood “has been a huge influence” on the park design, he said.
* Many elements from the “waves” and “vista” concepts presented at an earlier meeting.
* Most of the $5 million budget is to be spent on the new upper park, leaving the lower sports fields much as they are today. An additional half-million dollars will be spent later to upgrade the children’s playground.
* A lot of open space, ringed with two loop paths. Possible security lighting on the outer patch. No lighting on the sports fields.
* No additional parking.
* A “commons” grassy area the size of two soccer fields (but not for playing soccer on) over the buried reservoir.
* Two vista points with views of downtown or Mount Rainier.
* Sitting areas, gathering spaces. Lots of walking paths.