We’re thrilled to announce that today we’ve purchased 39 acres of Wayne Golf Course’s Back 9 and have entered an agreement to soon purchase the 50-acre Front 9 in order to permanently preserve the area with trails for biking and hiking, space for flying kites and having a picnic, and a river teeming with salmon and steelhead. This move will prevent the anticipated development of 126 homes, protecting critical Chinook salmon habitat in the Sammamish River and providing much needed parkland for the fast-growing population. The park-to-be is along the Burke-Gilman, so all of King County will have access, too. Read the press release here >
Our purchase of the golf course tees up the 89-acre property for permanent protection as parkland. But we financed its purchase with a loan and we have limited time to pay it back.
KING 5: Bothell golf course to be saved from development (clip below)
The Seattle Times: Conservation group reaches deal to buy Bothell golf course
Bothell/Kenmore Reporter: King County partners with Forterra, Bothell residents to preserve Wayne Golf Course
Why does Forterra own the property?
Urged by the citizens group OneBothell, and in partnership with the City of Bothell and King County, Forterra — a nonprofit that secures the keystone places for regional sustainability — purchased the entire property, agreeing that its best future is as public parkland. Forterra agreed to buy and hold the property for three years while City of Bothell, King County and OneBothell work together to raise funds for permanent protection and public ownership.
Why is there no more golf?
The former golf operator decided to terminate the lease.
What is going to happen to the property?
The partners are working towards completing a conservation purchase of both the Front and Back 9 in December 2017. The Bothell City Council will vote on a Purchase and Sale Agreement later this fall. With Council approval, the City will begin a Park Master Planning process where the restoration and passive recreation strategies and innovative ideas for the activity zones will be defined with community input.
How can I get involved?
Volunteer: This fall Forterra will be hosting volunteer events, visit forterra.org/events to learn more.
Connect with Community: The community group OneBothell is committed to public green space, connect with them at onebothell.org
For more information, please contact Hillary Wilson, Project Manager, Real Estate Transactions