Reflexology path narrowly approved for new Rec Center

An example of a reflexology path. Photo from the city of Lynnwood.

The Lynnwood City Council narrowly approved a reflexology path for the new Rec Center at Monday night’s meeting.

(A reflexology path is a stone walkway that supporters say promotes wellness. They’re popular in many Asian cultures.)

The Council voted four to three to approve the $30,000 contract with Paths of Health, Inc. of Kirkland. Some council members questioned the timing.

“I can’t look at my neighbors and say ‘we spent this much on a reflexology pathway the same night we established a Transportation Benefit District,'” Council member Kimberly Cole said.

On the other hand, Council member Mark Smith voted in favor of the path. “There are a number of reasons to support this piece of art in the city. I like this particular project because it is hands on, it is interactive,” he said.

The path is funded by the 1% for public arts ordinance.

The Council also waived the competitive bidding requirement because Paths of Health is the only local company that builds reflexology paths, according to city officials.

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