Work is coming to parks

February 8, 2012

By Staff

NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated costs for work on one park at $3.5  million. It has since been corrected.

It’s all coming together for the Si View Metropolitan District.

Work at the Si View Community Center will follow a complete overhaul of Tollgate Park worth more than $3.5 million.

“We are in the process of putting a new roof on the center, and then we will do the siding,” said Travis Stombaugh, executive director of the district. “Two-thirds of the siding of the building has been taken off.

The last part of the work on the community center will entail retrofitting the building’s seismic standards.

Map courtesy Si View Metropolitan Park District The rendering above shows what Si View Park might look in the future. Work on three different locations will start this year. Both the park and the Si View Community Center, along with Tollgate Park, will undergo changes in the months ahead.

“We are going to brace the foundation to where it connects to the joints,” Stombaugh said, “so that it’s stronger structurally and more able to withstand earthquakes.”

The work should be complete in six weeks, he said.

The second project happens at Si View Park, this summer.

Bidding will happen this May and work will start this summer on the rehabilitation of the park.

“If you ever walk our park you see two-foot swells,” Stombaugh said. “The project would level the entire park.”

It will also entail moving the bathrooms and concession stands to the middle of the park, create two new playground areas, an outdoor basketball court and a walking path around the park.

Then in 2013, the district will develop Tollgate Park, nestled between North Bend Way and state Route 202.

“At Tollgate, there will be a trail around the perimeter,” Stombaugh said. “New cattle fencing to keep cattle in the middle, a parking lot, bathrooms, picnic areas, play structures and trail links so you can go all around there but also go downtown.”

The park district approved a master plan in 2007, and in 2010 voters approved a capital bond for the projects, Stombaugh said. According to the website for King County, the 2010 bond proposal passed with a 62.29 percent of the vote.

“You have 36 months to spend 85 percent of the proceeds of the bond,” Stombaugh said. “We sold the bonds in December of 2010, so we have to spend it by December 2013.”

Developing all these parks will cost about $3.5 million in hard costs. Between contingency and taxes the total cost will reach $4 million.

The timing of it was one reason why it all happens now — interest rates are low; it’s a buyer’s market in the construction trade.

“We are following through on what we said we were going to do,” Stombaugh said.

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