Collaboration in Civic Spheres

Enumclaw finalizes $900,000 public-private funding package for new multi-use sports field

by Kyle Kim July 18th, 2011

SUMMARY: The city of Enumclaw passed an ordinance last week to accept a $300,000 state grant that completes a public-private funding package for a $900,000 project at the Enumclaw Expo Center complex, where a poorly-draining and deteriorated natural turf football field at Pete’s Pool will be replaced with a multi-purpose artificial turf surface. The Recreation and Conservation Office of Washington State awarded the grant conditioned on a double-match amount being raised from other sources. Your Enumclaw Area Stadium (YEAS), the non-profit group in charge of fundraising for the project, has secured the necessary matching funds for the RCO grant, city public works director Chris Searcy said. Slightly more than half, or $325,000 of the $600,000 match required for the RCO grant came via previous grants from the National Football League and King County. The remaining $275,000 of the double-match funding comes from cash donations ($175,000) and in-kind donations of labor, construction equipment and materials ($100,000) Searcy said. The majority of the project’s construction started July 6 and is expected to be finished by August.

BACKGROUND: The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association had deemed the old grass football field unplayable due to a combination of a poor drainage, heavy seasonal rainfall and lack of adequate maintenance and funding. The Enumclaw Expo Center considers the field an underperforming asset. The project to replace the turf includes other improvements and will expand the possible uses of the field from high school and junior football to soccer, lacrosse and rugby. Grant funding will be acknowledged at dedicated ceremonies, press releases and project entrances. The city will operate and maintain the turf field.

KEY LINK: Res. #1426 – Accept RCO Grant Agreement for Turf Field Improvements, City Council Agenda Bill. July 11, 2011.

KEY FINDINGS:

  • Your Enumclaw Area Stadium, a non-profit community fundraising group, secured a $250,000 NFL Grassroots Program grant in 2010, through the Seattle Seahawks, and a separate grant of $75,000 from King County. YEAS received an additional grant from the  Recreation and Conservation Office of Washington State of $300,000, contingent on double that amount being raised from other sources.
  • YEAS has secured the agreed-upon match through the combination of the NFL and King County grants, and cash or in-kind donations.
  • The entire project to add synthetic turf, build walkways, paths, ramps and parking, a drainage system, new goalposts and scoreboard is estimated to cost $900,000. The expected date of completion for the  synthetic turf is August.
  • Simulation of new artificial turf field/Your Enumclaw Area Stadium


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