On November 1, 1999, the Seattle City Council approves a revised plan for the redesign of Magnuson Park and the former Sand Point naval station. The final plan varies from Mayor Paul Schell's proposal, which put environmental protection first. The Council-approved plan puts "active use" first, maintains off-leash dog access to Lake Washington, and adds ball fields.
The 7-1 Council vote came on the heels of fierce lobbying by pet owners, sports fans and sports participants, environmentalists, and others.
While the proposal put on hold the Mayor's proposal for a lake to be constructed inside the dog run, it maintained 90 percent of his recommendations, his spokeswoman asserted.
The vote marked the continuing controversy on the uses for the naval property that had been transferred to the City in stages since 1970.
Eli Sanders, "Magnuson Park Plan for Redesign Gets Council's Final OK," The Seattle Times, November 2, 1999.
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