Help select new playfield design for Frances Anderson Center | City Briefs

Feb 23, 2018
Courtesy of: City of Edmonds Here is one of the five playground options for the Frances Anderson Center. The city is looking for the public’s input.

The old bandshell is history.

Now, the 17-year-old old playground at the Frances Anderson Center is headed for the scrapheap.

The city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will replace the playground this year, and is looking for the public’s help in selecting one.

“The playground, although still providing some play value, is old and tired, and it is time to replace it,” said Parks and Recreation Director Carrie Hite.

“It was installed in 2001, and has provided a lot of fun for the community. But there comes a time in the life of a playground when it is time to retire. This year, we will give the playground a much-needed break, and will be selecting a new one to be installed before summer.”

The city published a request for proposals for the new playground in January. Some of the requirements it requested for a new playground include play opportunities for ages 2-5 and 5-12, that it be easy to maintain, have a good warranty, come in at under $150,000, and offer plenty of play value.

“We want kids to be able to push, pull, climb, balance, explore, slide, spin and have fun,” Hite said. “We received 13 proposals with schematics. We have narrowed it down to five that we want the community to vote on.”

There are two ways to vote: Go online to and select your favorite; or visit the Frances Anderson Center, pick up a sticker at the front desk and place it on your favorite playground.

Voting is open through Wednesday, Feb. 28.

“Please vote, have your kids vote and ask your neighbor to vote,” Hite said. “But please, just one vote per person.”

Council extends ban on crumb rubber

The City Council this week extended the ban on crumb rubber, synthetic turf made from recycled tires within city limits, to Aug. 15. It wants to get results of studies by the federal government and the state of California before making any decisions.

A previous extension was due to expire at the end of the month.

The council approved the ban in December 2015, a few months after the school district opened two synthetic turf sports fields on the grounds of the former Woodway High School.

The Edmonds School District is waiting for a determination, as it wants to replace the baseball field at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

No safe injection sites in Edmonds

Despite calls from several citizens to place an item on its agenda on safe-injection sites, City Council members on Tuesday said they had no intention of doing so, as all members agreed a site would not be welcome in Edmonds.

Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas pointed out that creating an ordinance for safe-injections sites would allow future councilmembers to overturn it.

Open house for Waterfront Connector Feb. 28

A chance to share feedback on early design concepts for the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Based on the outcome of the Waterfront At-Grade Crossings Alternatives Analysis in 2016, the city is beginning to design a single-lane emergency vehicle and pedestrian overpass that will connect Edmonds Street to the Brackett’s Landing North parking lot.

It is part of a long-term solution to street-level railroad crossing conflicts, allowing pedestrians and emergency vehicles safe and direct access to the waterfront.

Public Facilities District seeking board member

The Edmonds Public Facilities District seeks one qualified candidate to join its five-member board of directors. The position will remain open until filled.

The district is the municipal corporation that owns and operates Edmonds Center for the Arts. The board works in partnership with a separate, nonprofit ECA board of 20 members to ensure the financial health and operating success of the Center.

This position will open at the end of June with Marla Miller’s retirement.

Members of the board are appointed by the Edmonds City Council. Applicants need not live in the city of Edmonds.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 11. Applications available at the Edmonds Center for the Arts and at For more information, call 425-275- 4483.


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