Edmonds School District Board authorizes first phase of athletic field upgrades

Jun 05, 2014

The first phase of long-awaited improvements to the ball fields at the former Woodway high school site in Edmonds will begin now that the Board of Directors have authorized funding for design and related work.

The Board approved $400,000 for design and other project-related activities at the site for the first phase of planned improvements.

The District will design a new, multi-purpose artificial turf field near the baseball field, then go to public bid and hire a contractor to build it, said Ed Peters, the District’s Capital Projects Director.

Design work on the project is expected to begin this month, and construction will be complete by September 2015.

“Most of the heavy lifting will be during summer of 2015,” Peters said.

More than half the funding for the $4.1 million project comes from a $2.5 million Verdant Health Commission grant.

The City of Edmonds will oversee maintenance of the fields through a partnership agreement with the District, Peters said.

A total of $500,000 from the voter-approved 2008 Technology/Capital Levy is funding the District’s portion of the project.

Newly appointed Board Director April Nowak asked whether construction will affect parking or nearby District portables used by Edmonds Heights K-12 school.

“We’ll work it out with the contractors on site,” Peters said.

“I love it when a couple of public entities get together and get something done,” Board President Diana White said. “That’s what’s so exciting about it.”

 

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