Work continues on the development of the Recreation Complex with initial grading on the multipurpose fields and construction on the building. Lydig has the majority of the plumbing that will serve the facilityinstalled with the exclusion of the pool areas. The concrete wall supports for the main entrance and all stairwell structures are being installed. The utility connections to the building have also been installed and work to extend the reclaimed water from Sprague Avenue to the site has begun.
As the work on Phase 1 continues to progress, the City is looking to the future and is submitting grant applications to the Washington State Recreation Conservation Office (RCO) to fund Phase 2 expansion of the Recreation Complex field space. Applications are being submitted to the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program (WWRP) under their Local Parks Category and an additional application is being submitted to the Youth Athletic Facilities (YAF) program. These applications would add a second softball/baseball field complete with dugouts, backstops, foul ball and home run fencing. It would also add dugouts, foul ball and home run fencing to the current softball/baseball field being developed right now and lights to the multi-purpose fields in Phase 1. The application also adds an additional 85 parking spaces and a half-mile trail system. The grants have been submitted with evaluations scheduled in August. The RCO Grants are extremely competitive with applications being submitted from all across the state. If the City is successful in securing the grant funding, the grants would be awarded in June of 2019, followed by a successful applicant’s workshop in the fall of 2019. The development of these improvements would begin in the spring of 2020.