Safety Improvements Continue at Maiben Park

Maiben Park Option 2

Burlington, Washington– Burlington Community Leaders having been holding community meetings and asking  residents for input on some big changes that are coming to Maiben Park in the next year.

Some of the upcoming changes include improved L.E.D Lighting, Security Cameras, a separate play area for 2-5 year old children, an expanded  play area for 5-12 year old children that includes a zip line, new park benches, Free Wifi, parking epansions,  new restrooms with shelter and security options, picnic tables, and a new splash pad. Some of the items that will stay the same are the trees and bike jumps, among other things.

In the latest community meeting, which was held on Wednesday May 11th, officials shared  some digital copies of two of the new park diagrams that are now being considered.  The layouts are very  similar with the position of the restroom building at different angles as the only major difference between the two options.

Please see the diagrams below that were presented at the meeting by landscape architect, Bob Droll.

Maiben Park Option 1

Maiben Park Option 1


Maiben Park Option 2

Maiben Park Option 2

Residents voiced some questions, concerns and ideas that Bob jotted down during his discussion with residents that will be considered as the renovation plans move forward. A list of those questions, ideas and concerns are included below.

1.       Add picnic tables / pad in green open space

2.       Adult fitness stations

3.       Zip-line takes up a lot of room

4.       Small canopy for a couple of picnic tables

5.       Lighting in the park – street lighting?

6.       Free standing drinking fountain

7.       Narrow the sidewalk between play areas

8.       Utilize excavated material to create berms east of play area

9.       Remove sidewalk between play areas – trip hazard.  Or consider poured-in-place surfacing transition on both sides of sidewalk.

10.   Park lights on at 20% – motion detection results in 100% light

11.   Free WiFi programmed for the park; 600’-1200’ range from router

 Residents are encouraged to attend the next community   meeting to further discuss any concerns, thoughts or ideas for the future renovations of the park.

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Chris Nelson
I'm a long time Skagit County Resident. I believe in doing the right thing and helping others when you can.

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