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Eastown park complex is presented to council

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The peaking storage tank site is being excavated in preparation for the construction of the tank. City staff has recommended a park complex be built on the site.

By Dennis Box

The Courier-Herald

Bonney Lake may soon be looking a lot more like a city of parks.

City officials recommended the City Council approve construction of a nearly 6-acre park complex at the water tank site on 96th Avenue East, one block east of the future Home Depot site along 214th.

The proposal was presented to the members at the City Council workshop July 5.

The total site is 16.16 acres with a water tank occupying 10.49 acres or 65 percent and the proposed park using 5.67 acres or 35 percent.

According to Public Works Director Dan Grigsby, the park could potentially provide 59 different soccer field configurations, two baseball fields, four picnic shelters, special events and a walking-running track.

"This is an ideal site," Grigsby said. "There is a view of the mountain and the site can proved a variety of recreational complexes."

The fields would be at the south end of the property and the water storage tank at the northwest end.

The land has been cleared for the storage tank, budgeted at $5 million. According to Grigsby, the city is advertising for a contractor to build the tank.

The tank will hold 15 million gallons of waters and is designed to back up the Bonney Lake water system during peak use periods when there is a high demand.

"The tank can help during summer months and for fire protection," Grigsby said. "It acts as a surge protector."

The nearly six acre site proposed for a park complex was purchased for $370,000 July 2003 from the Theiman family.

Park Board Chairman Carol Ujick spoke in support of the park proposal at the workshop.

"It's a better deal to put a park there and not cut all the trees at the WSU (Washington State University) forest," Ujick said. "If we are a city of trees we better not be cutting trees."

Councilman Mark Hamilton noted adding a park complex on the east end of town was an important addition.

While the land is outside the city limits, Grigsby said adding a park to the site would not be a problem. He also noted raising funds for the project would be a challenging issue.

"We are not going to come up with the money (for parks) by magic," Councilman Dave King said. "It's going to be a hard fought battle."

Funding sources for the construction of the facility, according to city officials, are park impact fees, the Sumner Soccer Association, donations from private citizens and businesses, grants and real estate excise taxes.

"There have been no cost estimates to build the sports complex," said Mayor Bob Young. "I wanted the concept presented to the council so we could see what was possible with this property. We don't have another flat piece of property with this potential. We are a growing community, and this makes wonderful sense."

Cascade Design Collaborative at a coming workshop will present the council with field layout and design options.

Dennis Box can be reached at dbox@courierherald.com.

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