Be on the lookout in the near future for a water playground in Bellevue, more soccer fields in North Bend and a world-class mountain-bike...
Be on the lookout in the near future for a water playground in Bellevue, more soccer fields in North Bend and a world-class mountain-bike park on the Sammamish Plateau.
These and other recreational projects can move forward, thanks to $950,064 in grants from King County aimed at renovating or developing sports fields and facilities geared to serve youths.
Among the Eastside organizations that will benefit:
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• The Redmond West Little League will get $50,000 to install a new infield drainage system on four diamonds at Hartman Park.
• The Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Associated was awarded $48,125 to build a new soccer field at Torguson Park.
• The Eastside Football Club will receive $50,000 to help pay for construction of synthetic and grass soccer fields at Preston Park. The club helps soccer players, ages 11-19, train to compete in the Washington State Youth Soccer League, the state’s elite-level soccer league.
Other grants went to projects in cities from Auburn to Seattle.
The money “can be a real incentive to start a capital project which may not otherwise be visualized,” said Butch Lovelace, program manager for the county’s Youth Sports Facility Grant. The funds are part of the 2006 county budget approved last month.
School districts, park districts and cities partner with a community group or youth-sports organization to submit an application in June. Program officials examine community needs and whether the project will “increase opportunities for youths to be engaged in physical activity,” Lovelace said.
This year, 21 of 30 groups received grants, he said.
The Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club will get a $49,850 boost to build a 120-acre mountain bike “skills park” at Duthie Hill Park on the Sammamish Plateau. It will feature BMX dirt jumps and trails for all levels, said Jon Kennedy, the club’s volunteer director.
“We’re really focusing on creating an epic mountain bike park for Washington state,” Kennedy said. “We don’t have anything within 45 minutes of Seattle where a kid can go out and hone his skills.”
A construction timeline and cost estimate has not yet been determined, he added.
In Bellevue, two lighted synthetic fields for soccer will be installed at Robinswood Park, and Highland Skate Park will get a new concrete bowl. “This will become Bellevue’s premier skate park,” said Lovelace.
The county also awarded $45,000 for a water playground at the Crossroads Community Center and Park that will include water features involving sound, rhythm and dance.
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