Park Planning

Parks Planning Resources

Parks and open space are a prominent part of the City of Snohomish’s distinctive character.

Three key documents guide the City’s work:

Park planning is a community-centered effort to plan, design, and construct park facilities for the enjoyment of all. Several parks properties are currently in the process of being developed, re-named, or re-imagined.

Naming Our Parks

An ad hoc Parks Naming Committee has suggested some names for four city parks properties. The City Council goal is for park names to reflect the local community history, geology, or culture.  

1119 Maple Avenue / 1103 Maple Avenue

This future park is located next to the Centennial Trail, which was constructed on the original railway right-of-way built by the Seattle, Lake Shore, and Eastern Railroad (S.L. &E.) in 1889. 

The railroad provided mail and passenger service and carried timber from the forests, lumber from the saw mills, iron, copper, lead, silver, and gold from Mount Pilchuck and Monte Cristo mines. 

The property currently has a house, which the Park Board has recommended removing. The future park must be used for “trail amenities” as part of the state grant which  funded its purchase.Old railroad car

Suggested Names:

  • RR Park - A typical acronym for ‘Railroad’ without identifying with a particular railroad company
  • The RR Hub – In 1914, Great Northern Railroad passed west through Snohomish City on its way to Puget Sound, lending the town the nickname of “The Hub”  because it was intersected by three transcontinental rail lines. 
  • Whistle Stop Park -  A Whistlestop is a small station at which trains stop only if signaled. Morgan Davis describes this memorable stop in town: “In 1948 at age 6 I watched President Harry S. Truman give a speech from the back of a Northern Pacific passenger train in Snohomish. Snohomish then was considered a "whistle-stop". Mayor Payson Peterson presented him with a bushel of corn before the President's short campaign speech.”

2000 Ludwig Roadold barn with murals on side

The family farm was typical in the town’s early days. The property at 2000 Ludwig Road consists of the farm house, barn, chicken coop, out-buildings, water well, pond, kitchen garden, orchard – and at one time cow(s), horse, goats and chickens.

The City plans to keep existing historic structures and provide interpretive information about small scale farming and sustainability.

Suggested Name:

The Family Farm Park    

 20 Acre Park / Boat Launch

This property at 20 Lincoln Avenue on the Snohomish River currently has a boat launch. The city will be working with the community to develop a master plan for the property and will apply for grant funding to develop the park in 2018.

Suggested names honor women who were significant to City history.""

  • Julia’s Park -  This name honors the Native Americans who resided here prior to European contact.  Julia was said to have witnessed the signing of the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott and is considered the last of her people to live in Snohomish. Julia supported her family by making baskets and by selling clams, salmon, and berries. Her birth name is unknown; she died in1923 of smallpox.
  • Mary Low Park –Mary Low Sinclair (1842-1922) was born in Illinois and was one of the youngest members of the Denny Party. She arrived at Cadyville (Snohomish) Mary Low Sinclair portraitMay 1, 1865, the first Caucasian woman to live here.  Mary Low married Woodward Sinclair and homesteaded the northern portion of the 20 acre property.   She opened her home to be the first classroom in town, and donated land for the first schools.  She donated three acres for the City’s first cemetery. Mary spoke the Native American language and served as a translator.

Fischer Pocket Park

The City is planning upgrades to the park, and is renaming it at the request of the neighborhood. The proposed names reflect the ideas of connecting neighbors and enhancing our neighborhoods.

Suggested names:  

  • Grandma’s Cozy Park
  • Kozy Kids Park 
  • Crestgarden Kids Park - this name recognizes the hillside as a natural feature and the importance of children’s play and learning.