Plans for Doc Hageman Park on hold

The barn and silo will be preserved for the new park.

Yesterday’s story about the new Stadler Ridge Park had someone wondering about the plans for Doc Hageman Park on 178th Street SW/Maple Road in unincorporated Snohomish County.

It turns out the plans for Doc Hageman Park are on hold for now.

The city received a $500,000 state grant for the project in 2009. The grant required an equal amount in matching funds. However, during last year’s budget process, the city’s matching portion was cut to help make up for the projected $22 million shortfall.

The city requested a grant extension from the state, but because of the state’s own fiscal issues it was not given and the grant money was pulled.

“Doc Hageman Park remains a very important project for the city,” Parks Planner Laurie Cowan said. “Please be assured that we will continue to seek funding for the development.”

Cowan said residents might notice activity on the site as the city prepares to remove some of the buildings and clean up the property.

When it’s built, the nearly eight-acre park will feature the usual playground equipment and picnic tables, but also a community p-patch, rain garden and trails. The second phase will add tennis and basketball courts, a play lawn, and a larger children’s play area. The existing barn and silo will be preserved.

The park is named for Doc Hageman, who farmed the property for more than 50 years. Doc is 94 and living in Ellensburg.

Other structures on the property will be removed in the coming months.
  1. I’m glad that our city is at least investing in open public space for our citizens before it all turns into housing developments and strip malls. But we should do a lot more. For example, in the next decade the Edmonds School District will move Alderwood Middle School from it’s current location near the old Circuit City to a location near Martha Lake. That would be a perfect opportunity for the city to buy much needed park space. 

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