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City gains four miniature parks on Snoqualmie Ridge

Four "miniparks," or pocket parks, on Snoqualmie Ridge - Crestview, Curtis, Eagle Lake and Woody Creek - now belong to the city of Snoqualmie after the Snoqualmie City Council approved their transfer from developer Quadrant at the Aug. 28 City Council meeting.

With the city's acceptance of these four parks, the transfer of all the parks from Quadrant to Snoqualmie for Phase I per the mixed-use plan is now complete, said Rob McFarland, Quadrant's development manager.

The first minipark of Phase II is expected to be transferred from Quadrant to the city of Snoqualmie in September.

"Quadrant sees parks as an essential and wonderful benefit for the community as a whole and in our agreements with the city, it was determined that for the betterment of the community, these would be public [and, thus, publicly maintained] parks," McFarland said.

Al Franks, Snoqualmie's parks and recreations director, said as part of the Snoqualmie Ridge development agreement with the corporation, Quadrant must build a certain number of parks on Snoqualmie Ridge. Once built, Quadrant agreed to then turn over management and improvement efforts to the city.

The city expects to gain ownership of about 31 parks in total, Franks said. During Phase I, the city received about 16 miniparks (including those just transferred), two large community parks and three neighborhood parks - as defined by size.

The city expects to take on three more miniparks, two more neighborhood parks and one more community park in Phase II.

All parks should be developed by Quadrant and transferred to the city by 2010-2011, Franks said.

Miniparks are less than an acre in size. A neighborhood park is about 3-5 acres. Anything bigger than that is classified as a community park, Franks said.

According to Franks, maintaining and operating the parks costs the city an "incidental" amount, though he did not have specific numbers readily available.

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