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Auburn purchases 9 acres for park with help of local conservation and community building organization
The City of Auburn, assisted by Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), acquired 9.2 acres including a 2-acre lake of undeveloped land in the West Hill area of the city on Aug. 17.
The acquisition was funded by the King County Conservation Futures program and an annual parks and open space allocation received by the City of Auburn from the King County Parks and Open Space Levy 2. The purchase price was $435,000.
"This acquisition is hugely important for the residents of the West Hill and the City as a whole," Mayor Pete Lewis said. "Up until now, residents in the West Hill have had limited access to parks and open space lands."
"This acquisition changes that and provides an opportunity for the City and residents to work together to create a unique place to recreate and enjoy nature including the City's first lake property."
"Under Mayor Lewis' leadership the City has invested in the quality of life for all of Auburn's residents," said Michelle Connor, executive VP of Strategic Enterprises at Forterra, "and in helping achieve the vision of the Cascade Agenda, which recognizes our need to provide nearby parks in all our neighborhoods."
Forterra is a nonprofit organization that is focused on ecological restoration and stewardship, property acquisition and conservation, land stewardship and community building.
"The City's partnership with Forterra was a big factor in the successful acquisition of this property," said Daryl Faber, Parks, Arts and Recreation director for Auburn. "Forterra's team skills and expertise helped City staff successfully negotiate with the property owner including helping the owner understand the potential tax benefits of a modified purchase price. We appreciate their hard work and diligence on behalf of the City."
The City plans to work with residents and neighbors to develop a vision and long-term plans for the development of the property. The City's Parks, Arts and Recreation Department will oversee the operation and maintenance of the property.
For more information, contact the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec Department at 253-931-3043.