Major Projects / Big Five Projects

This page summarizes the "Big Five" major projects of Lake Forest Park that are in the planning, development, or construction phase. The list includes projects from the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Program (6-year CIP) that was adopted by the City Council in November of 2016.  

LFP Town Center Vision

The community of Lake Forest Park has an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to help shape the long-term vision for the heart of the City with the significant investments of Sound Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and an incoming park-and-ride structure. This vision will be captured in the new Town Center Vision that will serve as a framework to help the City Council develop policies regarding land use, zoning, and connections within the Town Center Vision Subarea that will include:

  • Development economics analysis,
  • Integration of a transit center into the subarea, and
  • Robust community-wide visioning about best opportunities.

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Safe Highways Study

The City of Lake Forest Park has hired Fehr & Peers to conduct the Safe Highways Study, a comprehensive corridor study of state routes SR 522 and SR 104 within Lake Forest Park city limits. The goals of the study are to examine scenarios that improve access and connectivity and reduce mobility barriers for all types of travel, including pedestrian, bicycle, automobile, and public transit; improve area health and safety by increasing walkability and bikeability; and identifying needed safety improvements and corresponding remedies.

For more information and to find dates for open houses, please take a look at the Safe Highways Project webpage:

Safe Streets for Pedestrians & Bicyclists

The City of Lake Forest Park is hoping to make its streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists and to increase safe connections to transit and amenities like the Burke-Gilman Trail, Interurban Trail, parks, and schools, so the City is leading a public outreach process to identify community priorities. Through this process, we hope to accomplish three goals:

  1. Address key conflicts between pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
  2. Develop an enhanced Capital Improvements Program (CIP) that includes specific projects ranked according to priority.
  3. Conduct a robust public engagement process to ensure the community has ownership in the solutions identified.

The Safe Streets project was initiated by City staff in the Fall of 2016. For more information and to find dates for open houses, please take a look at the Safe Streets Project webpage where you may also use the online comment form to share your ideas and sign up for email updates:

Healthy Creeks/Culvert Design Study

Providing a healthy environment and improving mobility are key goals of the City Council's Strategic Plan. It is also a goal of Mayor Johnson to bring salmon back to Lyon Creek and McAleer Creek. The Lyon Creek culverts at 35th Avenue NE, NE 185th Street, and SR 104 are undersized and create a barrier to fish passage. With flood reduction grant funds from King County, the City is in the process of designing and replacing these culverts to improve stream health and maintain critical infrastructure.

Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST)

The City seeks to develop a Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) Plan to update the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan that was completed in June 1994. In 2008, the City completed a 100-year Legacy Planning effort that provided long-term guidance toward preserving the the City's people/natural places and connections, but it was not a typical PROST Plan. The City's 2015 Comprehensive Plan also includes a Park, Trails and Open Space element, but it lacks detail that is typical of a standalone plan. A PROST Plan will provide the City with better tools necessary to plan for parks and recreation programs.

In July 2017, the City entered into a contract for consultant services with ELM, Incorporated, to prepare a PROST Plan for delivery in March 2018.

Check out the project webpage for more information about the project, including public workshop opportunities: