Paradise Valley Conservation Area Parking Expansion
PARADISE VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA PARKING LOT CLOSURE
The Paradise Valley Conservation Area parking lot will be partially closed starting Wednesday, September 20th, and will affect the parking spaces along the southern fence line by the portable restroom. ADA parking may be intermittently affected as well. The entire parking lot will be closed on Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th for construction. The trail system will be open, but parking will not be available during those days.
Snohomish County Parks is working with Farmer Frog and the Snohomish Conservation District to design and construct a parking expansion for the Paradise Valley Conservation Area. The project will include parking for approximately 60 cars and 12 horse trailers and an access road to the Farmer Frog Headquarters at Paradise Farm. The project will will be designed to Low Impact Design standards and include rain gardens, natural stormwater dispersion and an event camping meadow.
Historic Lloyd Farmhouse
Paradise Farm Barn and Buildings
Farmer Frog has recently signed a seven year lease with Snohomish County Parks for the seven acre Paradise Farm, and is assisting with the design and engineering of the parking lot, access road and camping meadow. Farmer Frog has been cleaning and restoring the historic buildings on site, working with an Eagle Scout to restore the milk shed, and with volunteers to remove vegetation and household waste from the original homestead cabin.
Historic Lloyd Farmstead Cabin
Eagle Scout Joe Comstock and Troop 574 Restore Milk Barn
Farmer Frog is also installing hoop houses and garden planters on the farmstead and will be using the Paradise Farm as its headquarters. The organization has also housed goats that have been assisting with vegetation removal in the parking expansion area.
Vegetation Removal Goats
Aquaponics Hoop House at Paradise Farm
Parks and Farmer Frog will work with Snohomish Conservation District to design the new parking area and access road to Low Impact Design standards. The parking area will include natural stormwater dispersion with rain gardens and terraced parking. The future event camping meadow will be designed with sustainable elements including solar power and composting restrooms.
Additional improvements planned by Farmer Frog on the Paradise Farm include:
Additional Hoop Houses
Aquaponics Hoop House
New well and commercial septic system
Rain collection system for irrigation
Food Forest and Interpretive Trail
Building Restoration including barn and house
Educational Classes and Gathering Space
PVCA Conceptual Parking Expansion
Farmer Frog Lease Area and Parking Expansion Design