SR 530 Slide Memorial

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SR 530 Slide Memorial

Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is working with families of victims, survivors and responders of the March 22, 2014, SR 530 Slide to build a permanent memorial at the site of the tragic event to honor those who were lost, those who survived, the responders and the resilience of the surrounding communities. In support of the families and survivors, a website has been dedicated to the project.


Parks worked with a professional Interpretive Team at MIG/Portico to develop a conceptual design based on the feedback from our meetings with the families, survivors and responders. The design is based on the principals of ADROIT, or the idea that visitors to an educationally and emotionally intense place will move through predictable stages of Arrival, Decompression, Reception, Orientation, Interpretation, and Transition/Transformation.


After seeking feedback from families, responders, community members and the Oso Slide Memorial Committee, Parks has been able to develop the conceptual design into a 30% civil design and site plan. Parks and the Committee would like to thank the firms of Perteet, Inc., Reid Middleton, Minaker Architecture and Northwest Hydraulic Consultants for their generous professional services donations that have helped move the design from concept to a 30% design site plan.

This page dedicated to project updates and documents, and will be updated regularly, as the design is developed.


PROJECT UPDATES

  • Memorial Spruce Removal and Storage - Completed
  • Staff is preparing 100% design for permitting and construction documents. This effort includes coordination with Perteet, Minaker Architecture and Reid Middleton, which are donating design services.
  • Staff is coordinating with Snohomish County Planning and Development Services (PDS) prior to permit submittal
  • Gateways at the two ends of the Slide Memorial were raised by the Timber Framers Guild in October. Work still to be completed includes completing roofing and installation of gabion walls under the structure.
  • Staff is coordinating with our non-profit partner, Hope Unlimited to complete transfer of WSDOT trees fall/winter 2020
  • The memorial flagpole has been lowered for installation of a new base structure and treatment of the pole. Re-raising is anticipated to occur in December 2020. A solar system will be installed, with donated components, to provide long-term lighting of the flag.
  • Staff is working with Hope Unlimited to develop an agreement for project completion
  • An agreement for provision of funding from Washington State Commerce, in the amount of $294,00 has been fully executed
  • Staff continue to coordinate with family representatives on fundraising efforts, including grant applications, future state budget requests and website updates
  • Staff has identified approximately seven grants which will be applied for in 2019-2021
  • Two grant applications to RCO were submitted in June 2020 and funding from one of these in the amount of $500,000 is anticipated

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS!

We’d like to thank the volunteers and donors who have been involved and are making this work possible: 

  • Evolution Tree Service 
  • Ness Campbell Crane and Cory DeYoung 
  • Doug Wesson Contract Cutting 
  • Oso Fire Hall 
  • Arlington Drilling 
  • Wild Edge Woods and 
  • Outback Power 

We’d also like to thank Totem Steel, who we are purchasing the base structure and other materials from, and who has gone above and beyond to support his project, as well as Seattle City Light for allowing access to the area by their patrol road. 


All acquisitions, plans and site developments are subject to funding availability and subject to Snohomish County Executive and County Council approval.


DESIGN CONCEPT

Parks held six meetings with the families of victims, three meetings with survivors and two meetings with first responders and community responders. The following concept was derived from those meetings. Following a design charrette with families and survivors, a concept refinement has been developed by MIG/Portico, a local interpretive design consulting team who have added therapeutic design elements to the plan.


At this time, all design ideas are conceptual. Parks will continue meeting with families, survivors, responders and volunteers to further refine the design and develop content for the Memorial.

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PROJECT FUNDING

Parks staff estimates the total cost of the SR 530 Slide Memorial somewhere between $6-7 Million and has set aside seed money to begin the process of design. Funding is needed to complete the necessary studies, civil design and engineering of the site as well as construction of the Memorial and installation of its components. Additional improvements include installing a low barrier along the Whitehorse Regional Trail to discourage trail users and Memorial visitors from accessing the mudslide debris area. Parks is also working with a structural engineering team from Chudgar Engineering to preserve the First Responder flag pole and build a permanent foundation for it. If enough money is raised for the project, additional funds will be placed in a long-term Maintenance and Operation endowment. Details of the Fundraising Plan can be found in the SR 530 Slide Memorial Fundraising Packet (PDF).


Donations for materials, services or funds can be accepted through the Snohomish County Parks Donation Fund. All proceeds collected for the SR 530 Slide Memorial will be 100 percent dedicated to the project. Please contact one of the staff members below for additional information about donations, or visit the project website.


PROJECT CONTACT

Sharon Swan, Principal Planner
6705 Puget Park Drive
Snohomish, WA 98296
Email Sharon Swan
(425) 388-6616