Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials opened Tambark Creek Park, a new 40-acre multi-use facility, on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013. The officials on hand for the park’s grand opening included:
- Snohomish County Executive John Lovick,
- Snohomish County Council Chair Stephanie Wright,
- Snohomish County Councilman Dave Gossett,
- Mill Creek City Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Nielsen,
- Mill Creek City Councilmember Donna Michelson,
- Mill Creek City Councilmember Lynn Sordel, and
- Mill Creek City Manager Ken Armstrong.
Lovick was a Mill Creek City Councilmember in 1996 when the City joined with Snohomish County to purchase land for the park. Mill Creek provided 25% of the funds and Snohomish County provided 75% of the funds.
Snohomish County developed the park with part of the $70 million in mitigation funds received from King County for the construction of the Brightwater Sewage Treatment Plant. According to Lukas Velush of the Everett Herald in an October, 2005 article; approximately $8 million was earmarked to develop Tambark Creek Park.
Snohomish County and Mill Creek plan to share future maintenance costs for Tambark Creek Park although a final agreement has not yet been reached.
Tambark Creek Park is located southeast of Mill Creek on 35th Avenue SE just north of 180th Street SE.
Tambark Creek Park’s development plan was created through many community meetings and surveys. The park’s amenities include:
- One synthetic turf, fully lit athletic field with baseball/softball overlays on soccer/lacrosse field lines.
- One off- leash dog area.
- One stand-alone picnic shelter, and two picnic shelters attached to restroom buildings.
- One playground.
- One unpaved walking trail.
- Two permanent restroom buildings.
- Two paved parking lots to serve the western and eastern sides of the park. The west parking lot off 35th Avenue SE has approximately 50 parking spaces and the east parking lot off Sunset Road & 176 Street SE has approximately 75 parking spaces.