This page summarizes a few of Lake Forest Park's major projects that are in the planning or construction phase. The projects are listed in alphabetical order and each project description includes a direct link to its own page for additional information like funding, reports, maps and frequently asked questions.
NE 178th Street Roadway Improvements Phase 2
The project, in the vicinity of Brookside Elementary School, features much needed non-motorized safety improvements including curb, gutter and sidewalk; bicycle lane; pedestrian-activated crosswalk signals; low-impact development construction features including permeable cement concrete sidewalks; and a fish-friendly replacement of the McAleer Creek culvert under NE 178th Street. The project is moving forward with mid-June construction and completion targeted for December.
Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Project
The City awarded the construction contract for the Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Project to KLB Construction of Mukilteo. The $5 million project includes replacing four undersized culverts with 20-foot-wide culverts, on vehicle bridge and one pedestrian bridge. The job also includes enhancement of approximately 1,500 feet of Lyon Creek stream channel with large woody debris, streambed gravel and native plans. The result of the project will be flood protection for more than 20 homes, the Lake Forest Park Town Center, Fire Station and State Route 522(SR 522).
McKinnon Creek Trail
The City seeks to construct a pedestrian pathway that will link the northeast area of the City with the Town Center along McKinnon Creek. The Council has proposed policies that would ensure critical public resources are protected while a long-term trail project is designed and developed. Community members provided input on a range of topics such as alignment alternatives, technical expertise, location of current water resources, and domestic animals. This input will help inform future project development.
The Council has asked City administration to suspend further work on the trail while they continue to gather feedback and data to ensure that any future work on the McKinnon Creek Trail area balances and protects critical environmental and drinking water resources.
Whispering Willow Park (New Park at 17028 44th Ave. N.E.)
Property near the town center on 44th Avenue was purchased in 2011 for a public park. Phase one of the park was completed in 2014 and dedicated in May of 2015. The second phase will be constructed in 2015 as part of the Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Project. It will provide temporary storage of flood water and will include a raised pathway through the park between 44th Ave and the Town Center. The new park was named Whispering Willow Park after citizen ideas for a park name were received by the Community Services Commission.
Capital Improvement Program
All of the above projects are part of the Capital Improvement Program adopted by the City Council. In December 2011, the City Council passed the 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program (6-year CIP). With the adoption of the CIP the Council has given direction to implement the program.