ARLINGTON — The city of Arlington is on the verge of funding a renovation of the baseball fields at Bill Quake Memorial Park almost entirely from grant dollars.
Chris Young, community and economic development director for the city, explained to the Arlington City Council Sept. 26 that the proposed project’s $600,000 pricetag comes from a $250,000 state Recreation and Conservation Office grant, plus $350,000 that Mayor Barbara Tolbert requested from Snohomish County.
“We had to match the state RCO grant, so we did it with the county money,” Young said.
The City Council approved an agreement for the project, between the city and the county, earlier this year.
Young elaborated that the funding was obtained as part of the Stilly Valley Youth Project, that sought funding for recreational and athletic facilities in the Stillaguamish Valley that were impacted as a result of the 2014 Oso slide.
Hellas Construction, a design-build firm for athletic fields, was selected as the contractor in February. Their work will include installing artificial turf infields on the two existing baseball fields, making the entire site accessible by Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and improving features such as the backstops and fencing.
Hellas also will design and budget for two new baseball fields to be located immediately east of the existing fields.
The council is slated to vote on this renovation project Oct. 3, with a groundbreaking ceremony tentatively scheduled for Oct. 14.