Corcoran Memorial Park
Corcoran Memorial Park will be a neighborhood park in Bothell. It will have a playground, an off-leash dog area, parking and a picnic area for visitors and community members to enjoy for generations. Mr. Corcoran donated 3.43 acres for the park requesting an emphasis on character and physical development for youth.
On September 11, 2019, James W. Corcoran donated 3.43 acres of land he owned to the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Division. The land is valued at $1,573,800 making it one of the highest valued land donations in the department’s 57 year history. The property will be known as the Corcoran Memorial Park in memory of Mr. Corcoran’s younger brother who died in 1970 shortly after serving in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne Division; his nephew who perished in the SR 530 mudslide in 2014 as well as honoring the memory of other loved ones lost in a plane crash in 1960 while serving in the Navy.
Fall 2022 Updates
- Jim Corcoran passed away on June 14, 2022, at the age of 81. His service was held at the Boys & Girls Club, where he had coached and sponsored athletic teams for many years, on 23 July 2022.
- The playground structures were installed by a contractor in May 2022
- The planned fall safety surfacing has been changed from Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) “wood chips” to rubber playground tiles like Logan Park’s playground. This will have the following benefits:
- Much better accessibility
- Much less required maintenance
- Longer serviceability
- Improved drainage
- Parks Maintenance staff is installing the base rock and landscape portions of the playground.
- Bidding is being conducted by Purchasing Division for:
- Acquisition of rubber playground surfacing tiles
- Installation of a solid subsurface and the rubber playground tiles
- Installation of the 6’ privacy fence along the east boundary
- Demolition of the property’s structures and other debris
- Parks is coordinating with the local fire department to utilize the house and garage as training structures prior to their demolition and removal. The exact types of training are currently being planned by the fire department. The fire department will inform the neighborhood of the upcoming training events as the exact date and other details are determined.
- Future development elements are being evaluated based on the newly available space, limitations of the neighborhood & site access, and the stated needs/wants of the neighborhood as raised in the past public meetings.
Corcoran Park will be opened to the public after all the following elements are completed:
- Completion of the playground, surfacing and associated landscaping and access paths
- Installation of the fence along the east boundary
- Removal of all structures and debris
Park Construction Overview
Phase 1: Emphasis on addressing site safety and security as well as playground development.
Current Items of Consideration:
- Off-leash dog area
- Parking lot
- Half-court basketball/sport court
- Rebound wall/Traversing climbing wall
- Gravel walking paths
Phase 2: Other elements to be determined. These will be based on collected input and consider the capacities of the neighborhood streets and regulatory requirements/limitations of the area.
- The playground structures have been installed by a contractor in May 2022
- County Parks conducted maintenance mowing and began site cleanup and vegetation management.
- County designated Thomas Hartzell, Senior Park Planner, to be the project manager for this project.
- Parks has utilized a landscape architecture student intern from Washington State University to conduct a site inventory and analysis and some space planning concepts to aid in the development of a park design.
- This webpage was created for updates and planning to send out postcard fliers to advise the general public, particularly in the neighborhood, of the current status of the park and to collect input.
- Staff collected public input data and apply it to the site inventory and analysis findings to begin developing a conceptual design.
- Corcoran Memorial Park Public Meeting was held Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:30-8:00 pm to gather feedback/input/design ideas from community.