Council could approve artificial turf for Central Park fields tonight
July 20, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10 a.m. July 20, 2009
Dark, soggy, grass sports fields in the Issaquah Highlands could be replaced with all-weather turf and sports lighting thanks to city park bond dollars and county and state grants.
City Council members will consider a finance package tonight to improve a pair of sports fields at Pad 3 in the highlands’ Central Park.
A bill headed to the council tonight asks officials to accept a $100,000 donation from the Issaquah Soccer Club to build a second lighted, artificial turf field at Central Park Pad 3. A $50,000 King County youth sports grant and a $500,000 state grant were also awarded to the project.
City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill also asked City Council members to consider spending about $166,000 of park bond money to cover the remaining total for the second field.
The measure before the council also recommends for officials to award the $1.9 million project bid to A1 Landscaping & Construction, of Snohomish.
City Park Board Chairwoman Julie Hjelm said the Central Park improvements are necessary. Hjelm said adult and youth athletic leagues are forced to make do with substandard fields.
“We don’t have the space and we don’t have the ability to play well on the space we do have, due to the fact that so many of our kids and adults are destroying the fields,” she said. “They can’t utilize it at the time they need and they can’t utilize it for the length they need. These two fields will provide our community with a new treasure.”
Issaquah voters overwhelmingly passed a parks bond in November 2006. Of the $6.25 million bond total, about $1.1 million was allocated to improve city sports fields. About $1.8 million of park bond money remains, according to city documents.