Corcoran Memorial Park

Updated 2/16/24

We are preparing the bid for the adjustment of safety surfacing.

The planned fall safety surfacing has been changed from Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) “wood chips” to rubber playground tiles like Logan Park’s playground. This will have the following benefits:
  • Much better accessibility
  • Much less required maintenance
  • Longer serviceability 
  • Improved drainage


Location: 21 E Jonathan Rd, Bothell, WA 98012

Corcoran Memorial Park will be a neighborhood park in Bothell. It will have a playground, an off-leash dog area, parking and a picnic area for visitors and community members to enjoy for generations. Mr. Corcoran donated 3.43 acres for the park requesting an emphasis on character and physical development for youth.

Project Background

On September 11, 2019, James W. Corcoran donated 3.43 acres of land he owned to the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Division. The land is valued at $1,573,800 making it one of the highest valued land donations in the department’s 57 year history. The property will be known as the Corcoran Memorial Park in memory of Mr. Corcoran’s younger brother who died in 1970 shortly after serving in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne Division; his nephew who perished in the SR 530 mudslide in 2014 as well as honoring the memory of other loved ones lost in a plane crash in 1960 while serving in the Navy.


Current StatusWork Completed
  • Adjusting safety surfacing due to discontinued materials 
  • Future development elements are being evaluated based on the newly available space, limitations of the neighborhood & site access, and the stated needs/wants of the neighborhood as raised in the past public meetings.
  • Concrete curbing and CDF base installed under the playground. 
  • Rubber Tile installed.
  • Boundary fence completed along east edge.
  • Continued landscape refinements to the North edge of the playground and installation of access paths.
  • Improved access for the neighborhoods to the North.

Completed site construction elements:

  • Playground equipment
  • Concrete work (play surfacing base and curbing)
  • Perimeter fencing on east edge of park
  • Demolition of house, outbuildings, and general site debris


  • The playground structures have been installed by a contractor in May 2022
  • Jim Corcoran passed away on June 14, 2022, at the age of 81. His service was held at the Boys & Girls Club, where he had coached and sponsored athletic teams for many years, on 23 July 2022.
  • Installation of the base rock and landscape portions of the playground. 
  • The majority of the landscape elements have been installed including granite boulders, top soil, trees, and shrubs.


  • County Parks conducted maintenance mowing and began site cleanup and vegetation management
  • A landscape architecture student intern from Washington State University conducted a site inventory and analysis and some space planning concepts to aid in the development of a park design.
  • Staff collected public input data and apply it to the site inventory and analysis findings to begin developing a conceptual design.
  • Corcoran Memorial Park Public Meeting was held Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:30-8:00 pm to gather feedback/input/design ideas from community.

What's Next?

  • Updating tiles under and around play equipment

Corcoran Park will be opened to the public after all the following elements are completed:

  • Completion of the playground, surfacing and associated landscaping and access paths
  • Installation of the fence along the east boundary
  • Removal of all structures and debris


Upcoming Public OutreachPast Public Outreach
There are no events planned. 
  • Public meeting 11/24/2020


Estimated to be completed in 2024.

Park Construction Overview

Phase 1: Emphasis on addressing site safety and security as well as playground development.

Current Items of Consideration:

  • Off-leash dog area
  • Parking lot
  • Half-court basketball/sport court
  • Rebound wall/Traversing climbing wall
  • Gravel walking paths

Phase 2Other elements to be determined. These will be based on collected input and consider the capacities of the neighborhood streets and regulatory requirements/limitations of the area. 


This project is being funded by the Snohomish County Parks budget.