Arlington looks at Legion Park improvements

Arlington city officials are currently seeking grants to pay for a restroom in Legion Park. - Adam Rudnick
Arlington city officials are currently seeking grants to pay for a restroom in Legion Park.
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ARLINGTON — City officials are still trying to obtain funds to construct a restroom in Legion Park.

Earlier this month, the City Council approved a resolution for the city to apply for a $120,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program matching grant to pay for a restroom in the downtown Arlington park.

The application marks the third grant that city officials have submitted to help pay for a restroom at the park, which is used by pedestrians and bicyclists traveling on the nearby Centennial Trail.

City administrators have also applied for a $180,000 transportation improvement grant through the state Transportation Improvement Board. Should the city obtain funding through that grant, it could use the funds to pay for a visitor’s center in Legion Park as well.

Additionally, the city has also applied for a $5,000 Burlington-Northern Railroad Foundation grant to help fund the construction project.

Officials have been talking about adding a public restroom to the park ever since Legion Park was completed about 10 years ago.

Bicyclists and pedestrians who use Centennial Trail — a stretch of trail that currently runs from Snohomish north through Arlington, and will eventually continue up to the Skagit County border — often stop at Legion Park during their trips, said city of Arlington spokeswoman Kristin Banfield.

“I walk on that trail almost every single weekend and it’s amazing to me just how packed that trail is,” Banfield said. “The parking lots are almost always full — it’s a huge draw.”

Those crowds of individuals will likely continue to grow, as the county has funding lined up to fix an existing gap in the Centennial Trail.

Currently, a 1.2-mile stretch of 67th Street NE between Arlington and Marysville does not have a trail, requiring bicyclists, walkers and other individuals to walk along side the road.

County officials learned July 6 that they would be receiving a $1 million grant to extend Centennial Trail alongside the road. County officials are planning to build a 10-foot wide trail to link the two sections of trail.

The grant will come from the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office, and will fund all but $800,000 of the gap. That remaining difference will be funded by the county.

County crews are also working on an eight-mile stretch of Centennial Trail north of downtown Arlington, which when completed, will extend the trail across the Stillaguamish River and up to the county border.

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