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Big civic improvements on the way for Mill Creek, Snohomish, and Lake Stevens

The newly passed Washington State Capital Budget is a $6.3 billion investment in communities across the state. Locally it includes money for improving Mill Creek's Silver Crest Park and building a permanent farmers market at McCollum Park.
State Senator Steve Hobbs. Photo courtesy of State of Washington.

By Aaron Wasser, staff member for State Senator Steve Hobbs, April 27, 2021.

The passage of the Capital Construction budget last week in the Washington State Legislature means that the communities of Mill Creek, Snohomish, and Lake Stevens will soon see several civic improvements.

With unanimous bipartisan support, the Capital Construction budget was passed last week. It is a $6.3 billion investment in communities across Washington in things like broadband, housing, environmental cleanup, and countless civic projects in communities across Washington State.

For Snohomish County, investments to the tune of $23.9 million will be made to things like parks, emergency response capabilities, public health improvements, an agricultural hub, and upgrades to other community spaces.

“Our community is literally the fastest growing in the state and we must ensure that our quality of life keeps up with that growth,” said Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens).

He went on to say, “I was proud to work with both my colleagues in the legislature and local leaders to deliver these wonderful improvements to our district.”

Below are details of local projects funded in the Capital Budget House Bill 1080:

 Lake Stevens Civic Center ($2.1 million)

Details: This phase includes creation of a new “Mill Spur Festival Street” a festival street located adjacent to North Cove Park and the Mill. This street will be the central location to host city festivals and open-air markets. Street design includes wide walkways for pedestrians to access North Cove Park, the shoreline and other local attractions.

Snohomish Readiness Center ($1.2 million)

Details: Built in 1955, the facility requires a maintenance overhaul to ensure proper operation. The facility is heavily utilized during state emergency responses and needs substantial upgrades to classrooms, distance learning centers, locker rooms, physical fitness areas, kitchen, storage for weapons and protective masks, enclosed areas to support training with simulation and an operator-level maintenance shop for assigned equipment.

Silver Crest Park, Mill Creek ($90,000)

Details: Improvements include paving of a basketball court and fencing, a play structure and irrigation. These improvements will give this neighborhood park an upgrade and accommodate kids from more age ranges.

Sherwood Community Services, Lake Stevens ($100,000)

Details: Sherwood Community Services last year helped 796 children and adults with disabilities receive critical, life-changing services. This investment will help them better serve people while making accommodations to stop the spread of Covid-19 through the construction of outdoor workstations/gazebos, increased parking and the expansion of early intervention and vocational services for parents.

Snohomish County Food and Farming Center, Mill Creek/Everett ($2.5 million)

Details: This project will be located at the existing McCollum Park location in the Everett/Mill Creek area. Once completed, this area will serve as an agriculture hub, consisting of distribution and production facilities as well as an indoor, year-round farmers market.

Trail Connector, Lake Stevens & Marysville ($515,000)

Details: Also known locally as the Powerline Trail, it will provide over eight miles of multi-use trail system connecting to the regional Centennial Trail to the north near State Route 9 and at 20th Street SE to the south.

You can view the full list of projects approved in the Capital budget by clicking here: 2021-23 Capital Budget.