6057 Ann Arbor Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115-7618
January 2, 2005
Department of Planning and Development
ATTN: Scott Ringgold
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
RE: Project #2405908
Dear Mr. Ringgold,
Please consider my comments in the decision to allow a park
and ride lot in the single-family zone within Warren G. Magnuson Park.
It was a surprise to me and to other neighbors that the
parking area adjacent to the Lake Washington shoreline within the park had not
been permitted for the park and ride lot that Parks administration have allowed
for the past several years! While sympathetic to the needs of the construction
companies and to Children's' Hospital to have parking available to their
employees, there are several concerns that should be addressed if this is to be
permitted as a conditional use of our park land.
- While using only 375 parking spaces and leaving 3,048
parking spaces in Warren G. Magnuson Park, these 375 parking spaces are
adjacent to the boat launch while most of the remaining 3,048 spaces are
more remote from the launch. Also, Parks administration has appropriated
the south side and north side of the lot for staging of athletic fields and
as storage for chips, compost, and yard waste. Until and unless plans are
developed for an area to replace the parking for over-flow from the boat
launch, especially on high use days, an alternate site in one of the other
3,048 parking spaces should be considered.
- Runoff of rainwater is a problem in this particular
parking lot. Is there any plan to direct the water contaminated with
vehicular metal and oil to a treatment site? There are three drains within
the immediate area that have been "plugged" in previous rainy seasons and
rainwater and runoff frequently flow toward Lake Washington.
- Flooding of the streets leading into the current
un-permitted park and ride lot led park administration to move jersey
barriers along the south side of the parking area to allow traffic to move
from the lot onto NE 65th Street. There is no curb cut at this
spot and there are no warnings for either pedestrians or other park visitors
that vehicles exit across the shoulder and walking path.
- Speed limit signs of 20 mph are largely ignored by
park and ride users. Stop signs that were previously sited at the 3-way
intersection of the service road to the lot were removed. The speed of
vehicles greatly increased and this service road is between the sports field
used by children and the parking lot in which their parents' vehicles are
parked. Before conditionally permitting a park and ride lot, traffic
control should be studied and traffic-calming devices installed. Returning
the two removed stop signs should also be a condition.
- Since there are 3,048 other spaces accessory to Warren
G. Magnuson Park, some of these should be considered as suitable for a park
and ride lot. Use of the parking spaces at the North Shore may provide the
more appropriate location to a conditional use since many fewer park
visitors park in these spots because they are far from access to the
beaches, walkways, trails, and motorized boat launch in the southern park of
- Signage is very important! If any park property is
used for non-park use, a sign must state that park users can still use the
park and ride lot and that the renter of the property does not have
exclusive use of the lot. (In a conversation with a representative of
Children's, I detected an understanding that the 375 spaces would be an
exclusive use for the renter of the property.) In the past, use of a
parking area at Dahl playfield by Metro was conditioned by placement of
signs informing citizens that they could park in an area used as a park and
ride lot by Metro riders.
Thank you for considering my comments.
Bonnie E. Miller