City plans recreational options on 19 acres
Other properties viewed for DRCC
Last updated 5/21/2021 at 8:04am
The 19 acres next to Mill Creek Sports Park is in the early development stages and officials are deciding what to do with it.
The land currently referred to as the "DRCC," an acronym for the four plats it represents: Dobson, Remillard, Church and Cook is located near the Mill Creek Sports Park, off Bothell-Everett Highway. The site is a comfortable walk from the Gateway area as well as Mill Creek's pedestrian friendly Town Center.
Karen Reed, A consultant, gave the Mill Creek City Council an overview recently on which sites would be considered for the DRCC development.
The goal of site visits, by Reed, will be to grant advice from other facility owners on the benefits and challenges of various types of facilities.
The selections were determined after a community survey of more than 1,200 people in the Mill Creek area, which asked what people wanted to see on the property.
Brainstorming on mixed-use property options led to ideas of a community center, Boys & Girls Club, performing arts center, ballfield and/or open space and trails.
Under consideration as like-options are the following:
Community centers on the list to potentially utilize as mentorship-sites are Mukilteo's Rosehill Community Center. Community centers in Tukwila and Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood's Convention Center are also being viewed for informational purposes. Reed said they will be asked questions that help the Council understand what it is like to run and own that site.
Boys & Girls clubs
Sites considered as a model for Mill Creek included the Boys & Girls clubs in Mukilteo, Arlington and Bellevue. The Arlington site has a pool, sports fields and indoor space for kids. For the Bellevue site, sports fields are in the mix.
PACs in Renton, Kirkland, and Lynnwood High School will be studied for ideas on what Mill Creek may decide to do.
Ballfields that may be re-created in Mill Creek were in Castle Rock, Kasch park in Everett, and Mill Creek Sports Park. In a survey of the public, some people said they wanted to see disc golf as an option on DRCC land.
Open trails mentorship would be sought from Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Some of the community centers reviewed by Reed have trails worked into the design.
The Bellevue site has rental space for events and trails worked into the design. One of their major fundraisers is a light show with a fee paid by visitors, to walk the gardens. Funds are used to support operations of the facility. More information on the DRCC is here: https://bit.ly/33ZyYQI.