County offers grants to improve parks, sports facilities

April 4, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 4, 2010

King County Parks and Recreation seeks applications from sports organizations to help improve parks.

The agency administers the Youth Sports Facilities Grants Fund; the program provides matching funds to rehabilitate or develop sports fields and facilities serving King County youth.

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Preston playfield gets financial boost for expansion project

October 1, 2008

Preston Fields and Community Park, a growing hub of athletic activity in east King County, received a boost for its expansion plans Sept. 29, when the Metropolitan King County Council agreed to an amendment on the use agreement between the county and the Eastside Football Club.

“This is a win for all — the county, the Eastside Football Club and, most importantly, the youth that this valuable recreational organization serves,” said Councilwoman Jane Hague, the primary sponsor of the legislation.

In 2002, officials redefined the county’s role regarding regional parks, adopting a business plan for parks that cultivates strong relationships with nonprofit, corporate and community partners in order to enhance park amenities while reducing costs. A program that grew out of the entrepreneurial blueprint is the Community Partnership Grant, which leverages county resources without requiring additional public funds for operations and maintenance costs. The Preston Fields and Community Park was one of the grant program’s first projects.

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