The cooperation between the City of Poulsbo and the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association on the Anderson Parkway reconstruction project is commendable.
Just a few months ago, the subject of Anderson Parkway was a contentious one. Several downtown businesses felt like they were being ignored, as the City Council voted to do the reconstruction project beginning in fall rather than during the slower post-New Year period. Those downtown businesses feared doing the reconstruction in October and November would do irreparable economic harm as shoppers prepared for the Christmas holiday season.
But both sides worked it out. The City Council moved the project to February — it actually starts Tuesday, on Jan. 22. And downtown businesses and City Hall are working together to make sure that the project proceeds with minimal impact to business and those looking for a parking space.
They’ve done a great job thus far. The HDPA hired a downtown public relations firm, The RockFish Group, to help guide the public through the process. The city is inviting The RockFish Group to participate in staff briefings to ensure the company can get timely, updated information out to the public. And, it turns out, there may not be much of a parking problem at all. See Businesses covering the bases as parkway project begins Tuesday.
So, we are glad that cooler heads — and a spirit of cooperation — prevailed.
And we are glad that this project is being done. Currently, every gooey patch of leaked motor oil and every pet poop left behind makes its way into Liberty Bay. A test of water quality from the parkway’s storm drain revealed high levels of fecal coliform, oil and grease, and phosphorous, according to a city report.
When completed, the parkway will be attractive, easier for motorists and pedestrians to navigate, and environmentally proactive with permeable asphalt and bioswales and rain gardens to filter pollutants from stormwater.