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$1 million grant for Shelton View 

The Snohomish County Council approved a $1 million Conservation Futures grant on Weds., April 26 that will help the City of Bothell purchase Shelton View Forest. The Parks Department plans to preserve the forest and turn it into a passive park, helping satisfy the need for more open space in the north end of the City.

North Creek Forest celebration

On Friday we celebrated the acquisition of 63.4 acres of the North Creek Forest, thanks to a collaboration by the City, Friends of North Creek Forest, and Help Our Woods, with funding from various county, state and other grant sources. Shown here, Governor Jay Inslee, Mayor Andy Rheaume, Jim Freese from Friends of North Creek Forest and Paul Clement from Help Our Woods cut the ribbon at the April 28 ceremony.  The City and a community steering committee are working on a site master plan for the North Creek Forest. Check out the Forest, just west of I-405 on the side of Maywood Hill. 

Fire Chief Bob Van Horne
Fire Chief Bob Van Horne

Fire Chief to retire

Fire Chief Bob Van Horne has announced his retirement, effective May 15, after 36 years in the fire service. Chief Van Horne has been Bothell's Fire Chief since 2009. We wish the Chief all the best in his retirement!

Deputy Chief Jim Roepke will be interim Fire Chief. The City has engaged a search firm to manage the selection process for a new Fire Chief. The position closes June 2.

Looking for summer camps?

From baseball, soccer and multi-sport camps to Lego and Mad Science, there’s something for every kid this summer in Bothell!  Go to our online registration site, click on “Register for Programs,” go to “Youth” and check out all the summer camp options our Parks & Recreation Department offers!

May & June events

Community Resource Day
May 26, 2 – 4 p.m.
Mobius Hall
Cascadia College
The City of Bothell is a sponsor of Community Resource Day, designed to connect people in north King and south Snohomish counties with essential services available in our community.

June 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bothell Operations Center
21233 20th Avenue SE
Join us for Sustainamania to celebrate Public Works Week and learn sustainable tips for reducing our impact on the environment.

New Freedom Festival parade route 

Due to construction on Main Street, the annual Bothell 4th of July parade will take a slightly different route this year. To preserve business access, there are also some new restrictions on chair placement. Keep these guidelines in mind and prepare for a great day! 

We'll be adding more detail to the event webpage, including links to the parade application form, as it becomes available. 

I-405 peak-use shoulder lane open

If you drive on northbound Interstate 405 in Bothell, then you’ve probably noticed the new peak-use shoulder lane, which opened on Monday, April 24. Completed over a year ahead of schedule, this new lane includes overhead electronic signs which are fairly intuitive to follow during your afternoon commute. WSDOT is already seeing improvements in travel times, and will continue to monitor the new shoulder lane closely. This project is just a first step, and WSDOT has long-term plans to add more lanes to the north end of I-405 once funding becomes available.

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