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Celebrating at Shoreline: Rain or Shine!
Even a rainy forecast didn’t keep more than 200 people from braving the elements to join in the festivities and celebrate the expanded parking lot at Shoreline Library.
The weather cooperated during the “Game Time” celebration late in the morning on Saturday, October 6. With John Philip Sousa music playing in the background, children played with mini-footballs in the newly expanded parking lot and people lined up for free hotdogs that were generously sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.
KCLS Director Bill Ptacek facilitated the program, during which Friends of the Shoreline Library President Mary Jo Heller, Shoreline Mayor Bob Ransom, Shoreline Library Advisory Board Vice-Chair Thomas Petersen and architect Kevin Oremus commented on the completion of the parking expansion project.
During the program, Shoreline Library staff also presented a new laptop computer to one of the summer reading program grand prize winner. After the official program ended, children enjoyed a special Wild West magic show with Payne Fifield and drew on the pavement with sidewalk chalk.
The expanded parking lot was funded by the $172 million capital bond that was approved by voters in 2004 to fund major upkeep and expansion of KCLS libraries. The project expands surface parking to the west of the existing library after three residential properties were acquired in 2005.
Construction of the new 14,000 square foot parking lot began in July 2007. With 36 new parking spaces, there are now a total of 118 parking stalls in both the new and existing parking lots. Other site improvements include enhancements for pedestrian circulation, reconfiguration of the existing parking lot to accommodate larger vehicles and also the incorporation of a small outdoor gathering area for use by small groups or library patrons.
The perimeter of the parking lot also is landscaped with native plants and a second stairway connects the upper parking lot with the lower parking lot. Nine decorative art panels by artist Deborah Mersky also were installed on the retaining wall that borders 175th Street.