Kozy Kamp Neighborhood Park
Luke Jensen Sports Park
4000 NE 78th St,
Vancouver, WA 98665
County staff completed a preliminary design with the help of public feedback in 2009. Shortly after, the project was put on hold due to lack of funding. With funding sources now in place, plans are underway to develop the neighborhood park. Due to the gap in time between 2009 and 2019, county staff are reviving the public outreach process and want to hear from neighbors about preferred elements of the park.
Updates to the project status will be provided by staff as information becomes available. Background information from 2009 remains on this page to help keep community members informed.
Contact: Scott Fakler, project manager, Clark County Public Works
Magan Reed, senior communications specialist, Clark County Public Works
This five-acre property is located at 17410 Northeast 29th Avenue, a few blocks south of Northeast 179th Street in the Fairgrounds area.
The site currently includes a rental house and a few other structures. Before park construction starts, the county will remove the house and the other structures and salvage or recycle the materials.
The property is flat and grassy, with a handful of trees around the perimeter. There is currently no public access to the site.
Public input during 2009 outreach efforts allowed community members to provide feedback on concept plans and features for the park. The concept plan for the park due to these endeavors includes:
- Paved, wheelchair accessible loop trail with multiple access points
- Small playground
- Small multi-purpose sports court
- Natural play-scape hill with trunk maze, habitat/native plan garden and slides
- Open lawn play area
- Picnic tables and benches
- Additional trees and other landscaping
- Space for an unfunded future gazebo or small picnic shelter
- Garbage cans, bike rack and signage
- Constructing frontage improvements on Northeast 29th Avenue, adjacent to the park.
Neighborhood parks are designed to be walk-to/bike-to parks for people who live within a half-mile radius. They are not meant to be major destination parks, attracting visitors from across the county. Accordingly, they do not have parking lots or restrooms, which are included in larger community or regional parks that draw people from far away.
County staff used Stanton, the last name of the previous property owners, as a placeholder name. During the outreach process for the park development, neighbors were invited to suggest new names for the park.
Neighbors voted for their favorite name online, by telephone and through a survey included in the Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association's newsletter. Kozy Kamp received the most votes and was officially approved by the Board of Clark County Commissioners in Jan. 2010.
According to the book "Naming Clark County," by Pat Jollota, Kozy Kamp was the name of a tourist motor camp and rest area once located near what is now the 179th Street interchange on Interstate 5. Kozy Kamp was used by motorists traveling through western Washington before I-5 was built.
No trace of the camp remains, but the name still appears on maps of the area, as well as a local tavern. It also was the name of a Washington State Department of Transportation engineering field office until 2002-03.
The unorthodox spelling probably references a popular brand of trailer-mounted pop-up camper manufactured in Portland beginning in the 1930s.
County staff relies on public participation to help guide the design process.
The first project newsletter and comment form was mailed out to neighbors in May 2009. Several different development options were then presented for review and input at a public meeting in June 2009 and online.
The updated proposed concept plan for the park was mailed to neighbors in an Aug. 2009 newsletter and was posted online.
June 2009 public meeting
- June/July 2009 public comment summary (PDF)
- Frequently asked questions (PDF)
- Site analysis display No. 1
- Site analysis display No. 2
- Court concept plan
- Garden concept plan
- Nature concept plan
- Nature concept plan examples
May 2009 newsletter and comment period
Design and construction of Kozy Kamp Neighborhood Park may be funded by a combination of:
- Park impact fees, which are collected when new residential property is developed
- Real estate excise taxes, which are collected whenever homes are sold in Clark County
- Greater Clark Parks District property taxes
- Grant funding and/or donations
Contact Information for Clark County Parks:
To contact Clark County Parks by phone, 564.397.2285, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.