Thanks to the cooperation of numerous funding partners, the City of Mountlake Terrace cut the ribbon on its brand new emerald green turf field at Evergreen Playfield Complex located at 22205 56th Avenue W. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, June 9 and the city invites the community to attend the virtual ceremony scheduled later this month.
The project was enthusiastically supported by the Verdant Health Commission, which contributed $1 million in grant funding toward the project from its Building Healthy Communities Fund. Additionally, the city received nearly $600,000 from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) from Youth Athletic Facilities and Washington Wildlife Recreation Program funding. Snohomish County REET funding and Terrace Brier Soccer Club user group donations added over $200,000 toward the total project cost of nearly $2.2 million.
Verdant Board of Commissioners Secretary Jim Distelhorst, MD, who attended the ribbon cutting stated, “On behalf of the Verdant Health Commission, I am thrilled to see this project come together to support our residents’ physical health and safety. We look forward to seeing community members, including our children and grandchildren, benefit from this field with year-round access for years to come.”
Year-round usability was a key benefit of the project that converted the former dirt multipurpose field with aging wood light poles to synthetic turf field with new LED lighting. The project also included new fencing, improved pathways, and amenities such as soccer goals and corner flags with bleachers on the way. The new turf field now accommodates soccer, youth baseball and fastpitch, t-ball, and possibly other uses such as ultimate Frisbee.
FieldTurf USA, Inc. constructed the project that commenced in January and wrapped up at the beginning of June.
“The city is extremely thankful to have such great support from the community including a wide variety of funding partners ranging from $1 million from Verdant, significant support from the State RCO and Snohomish County, and donations from local soccer teams and parents,” stated Community Relations Director Virginia Clough. “The result is a beautiful new facility that can be enjoyed by teams, individuals, and families on a daily basis.”
The public is invited to attend the virtual ribbon-cutting event on Wednesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. To listen via telephone, call 1-253-215-8782. To watch the event online: 1) Click on this link or go to https://zoom.us/join; 2) Enter meeting ID 827 5574 5558 and click “join” (you will be prompted to install the Zoom application if you do not already have it); and 3) Enter passcode 685558. We hope you will attend and help us celebrate the completion of this project! If you are unable to make it, we will post a link to the recorded event at www.cityofmlt.com/1982.
Left to Right: Recreation Conservation Funding Board Member Kathryn Gardow, Verdant Health Commission Superintendent Lisa Edwards, Verdant Board of Commissioners Secretary Jim Distelhorst, MD, Mountlake Terrace Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, 1st Legislative District Representative Shelley Kloba, and Terrace Brier Soccer Club President Carl Middleton.
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