Snohomish County grants $450,000 to Civic Field redevelopment in Edmonds

By Brian Soergel | Jan 18, 2019
Courtesy of: City of Edmonds Here is the finalized design for City Park. The public will get a chance to rename the park in the future.

The Snohomish County Council has agreed to allocate $450,000 over three years to the redevelopment of Edmonds’ Civic Field, which City leaders see as a future jewel in the heart of downtown.

Civic Field – also called the Civic Center Playfield and home to Taste Edmonds – is between Sixth and Seventh Avenues north and Bell and Daley streets.

The City Council adopted a final master plan for the park in February 2017, working with the design firm Walker/Macy, and began the search for state and local grants.

Later that year, the iconic grandstand, built for the former Edmonds High School’s football program in the 1930s, was torn down.

The adopted plan – which included three open houses for public input on the field’s design – includes both active and passive spaces, areas for community events and festivals, walking paths, meandering paths and connections to downtown, a large grassy open field for sports or drop-in gathering areas, a skate park, pétanque courts, play area, tennis court and a multiuse sport court and picnic area.

“The City of Edmonds is incredibly grateful for the generous support of Snohomish County in helping with the Civic Field project,” Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling said. “We hope this allocation will inspire others in our community to also step up and support this legacy project for our city and region.”

Added Edmonds Parks and Recreation Director Carrie Hite: “This is fantastic news for our entire community, and we really appreciate the support from Snohomish County.

When the City acquired this property and planned for its redevelopment, we knew it would take all of our community partners to help us achieve our goal. County Councilmember Stephanie Wright led this effort, and we want to thank her for her leadership.”

Wright represents Edmonds on the County Council.

Hite said the acquisition and development of Civic Field property has been a top priority for the City and a part of the its Comprehensive Plan since the 1980s. The funds' allocation from the county, along with a previous $1.5 million grant in November 2017 from the Hazel Miller Foundation and the $2 million set aside in City funds, provides a substantial base for achieving the community’s goal.

Wright was instrumental in securing this funding.

“Civic field is such an important asset to our community," she said. "We must always look for ways to sustain and improve those spaces that provide endless opportunities to bring people together."

Hite said those who would like to contribute to the park to contact her at carrie.hite@edmondswa.gov.

Civic Park has been years in the making.

Under the ownership of the Edmonds School District, the City had permission to use the property for more than 40 years. The School District approached the City in 2015 with its intent to sell the property, leading to negotiations for a sale and purchase agreement with the City.

Under the purchase and sales agreement approved by City Council and signed by Earling, the City of Edmonds agreed to purchase Civic Field for $1.9 million from the Edmonds School District in 2016 with the help of state and county funding.

With a 50 percent matching grant from the Washington State Recreation Conservation Office for up to $1 million, and a $500,000 grant from Snohomish Conservation Futures, the City budgeted $400,000 for the acquisition.

The City then initiated a community planning process to develop a long-term plan for the Civic Field property, with members of the community providing significant input into the design of a Master Plan for the 8-acre property.

Next steps in the Civic Field redevelopment process include pursuing state grants as well as private donations to support what is anticipated to be an approximately $10-$12 million project. The City hopes to begin construction in 2020.

For more information on Civic Field, go to bit.ly/2DcjqfM.

 

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