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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Council Roundup: Wilburton and Newport Hills parks to get synthetic turf

Also, master plan for new Surrey Downs Park adopted

There's no mess when girls play lacrosse on the new turf installed at Robinswood Park last year.Launching a couple of park improvement projects approved by voters last year, the City Council Monday hired firms to design synthetic-turf soccer fields at Newport Hills Park and Wilburton Hill Park.

The soccer fields at those parks have only been available for limited use during the rainy months, when the grass would turn to mud under pounding cleats. With synthetic turf, these lighted fields can be used year-round.

The City Council authorized consulting contracts with two local firms to perform site design and engineering for the field conversion projects. DA Hogan and Associates will complete design work at Newport Hills Park, while Bruce Dees and Associates will lead the design effort for the conversion at Wilburton Hill.

Both upgrades were included in the Parks and Natural Areas Levy approved by voters in November, with $3 million available. Installation is expected to begin in the fall.

Council adopts Surrey Downs Park master plan
The council adopted a master plan for an expanded park in the Surrey Downs neighborhood that will feature an open lawn, two baseball fields that can be converted to a soccer field, picnic spots, a skateboarding area and a small basketball court.

Surrey Downs Park, at 546 112th Ave. SE, already has small baseball fields and a basketball court, but it will grow to include an area now occupied by a King County District Court. A community center and parking may be added to the plan later after further discussion with the community.

The master plan was drafted over a couple of years, with intensive public participation and an environmental review. Like the upgrades at Newport Hills and Wilburton Hill parks, the new Surrey Downs Park will draw funding from the parks levy.

Design and permitting for the new Surrey Downs Park will take about 18 months. Construction can then begin when the District Court is relocated.

Feedback: Glenn Kost, Parks & Community Services Planning Manager, 425-452-5258 or gkost@bellevuewa.gov

The Council Agendas and Council Minutes pages offer complete information regarding Council meetings.

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