The Lynndale Park Amphitheater will undergo some significant renovations as a result of the adoption of an agreement between the city of Lynnwood and Snohomish County.
The Lynnwood City Council adopted the park project funding agreement during its July 29 meeting.
The condition of the amphitheater, which was built in 1969, has eroded due to usage by the public. The project will increase the seating capacity of the amphitheater and eliminate the safety hazard of overflow seating on the steep dirt slopes.
Other features of the project include an ADA-accessible entrance and entry access lighting. Environmental impacts that have occurred at the amphitheater also will be addressed. Heavy use has caused erosion of the slopes, destroying vegetation and exposing tree roots. The project will repair the damage.
The Snohomish County Council approved the issuance of limited tax general obligation bonds to provide long-term financing for certain projects, which included park projects throughout the county. In April, the Snohomish County Council released a list of potential park projects that could be funded. The Lynndale Amphitheater project made the funding list and the county will provide $70,000 through this agreement. The city of Lynnwood will be required to provide matching funds totaling $70,000.
This project is included in the city of Lynnwood Capital Facilities Plan and Comprehensive Plan and has received support from the Parks and Recreation Board, Arts Commission, Diversity Commission and the Parks and Recreation Foundation.
The city’s match will be provided through existing funds from the current department appropriation. The department has saved approximately $55,000 from previous park projects and this can be applied to the required match. If, for some reason, the department is not able to provide matching funds from its existing appropriation, then a mid-biennium adjustment would be required.