In January 2021, the city celebrated a ribbon cutting event for the grand opening of Van Ry Boulevard, the new public roadway connecting 244th Street SW and 236th Street SW through the Freeway/Tourist District adjacent to I-5. The new road runs from Gateway Place Business Park through the new Terrace Station mixed-use development and ends at 236th Street where the future light rail station will be located.
Willem "Will" Van Ry served the city from 1974-2014 in the engineering department, retiring as Engineering Services Director. He oversaw many capital projects during his tenure and helped to plan many of the more recent projects that are now coming to fruition. City of Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds School District staff discussed the possibility of creating a new roadway in the area when the decision was made to close the former Evergreen Elementary School in 2009.
Subsequently, after Edmonds School District sold the property, planning began on a new mixed-use, transit-oriented private development (now called Terrace Station) and a new roadway was a part of the project. When it was learned that Van Ry would be retiring, the City Council enthusiastically took action to rename the street "Van Ry Boulevard" in honor of his dedicated public service. To view a video of the virtual ribbon cutting event that took place during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.
The Evergreen Awards Program recognizes Mountlake Terrace property owners who take great pride in maintaining and transforming their properties. Pictured here are the 2019 winners at the awards reception. Nominations open in early spring and close at the end of May. Find more information on our Evergreen Awards page.
As part of their recently approved budget, the State has included $750,000 to help fund activities related to Phase II of the Main Street Project (roadway and utility improvements to 56th Avenue W between 236th and 230th Streets SW). Phase I of the Main Street Revitalization Project is fully funded and currently under construction. The city has been working with its state and federal delegations to fund Phase II.
In addition, the State awarded the city $350,000 in grant funding from the Recreation and Conservation Office to apply towards the Evergreen Playfield Turf Conversion Project. Additionally, $250,000 in Land Water Conservation Funds was appropriated for Ballinger Park’s ADA playground.
Thanks to the 1st & 32nd Legislative Districts for their work to support our city's projects!
Former Mayor Jerry Smith, Recreation Supervisor Kevin Witte, and the Bicentennial Park Trail Project were recognized at the Washington Recreation and Parks Association’s (WRPA) Annual Conference in Vancouver, Washington.
Read more in our news release.