Committee sends to Council with “Do Pass” recommendation
StoryThe Metropolitan King County Council’s Transportation Economy and Environment (TrEE) Committee gave its unanimous approval of an ordinance that executes a thirty-year agreement between King County and the Ravensdale Park Foundation.
The use agreement, which was sent to the full County Council with a “do pass” recommendation at the TrEE Committee’s Feb. 18 meeting, paves the way for use and construction of synthetic ballfields and all related infrastructure at Ravensdale Park, which is located at Southeast Kent Kangley Road and 272nd Avenue South.
“This agreement will significantly increase youth and adult recreational opportunities for the residents of Southeast King County,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who represents Ravensdale on the County Council and was the lead sponsor of the ordinance. “All parties including the Ravensdale Park Foundation and the City of Maple Valley have worked hard throughout this process and the benefits of this agreement will be felt for years to come.”
“This collaborative effort between Councilmember Dunn, the Ravensdale Park Foundation and the city of Maple Valley working together helps meet the serious lack of athletic parks in South East King County,” said Maple Valley Mayor Bill Allison.
“This effort has brought neighboring citizens together as well as county, city, and state officials to construct a first-class park in southeast King County,” said Rob Nist of the Ravensdale Park Foundation. “The park was collaboratively designed by the community and will serve a wide variety of needs. The park will greatly benefit the surrounding communities and residents with much needed recreational infrastructure.”
The Ravensdale Park Foundation is a nonprofit organization set up to design and facilitate upgrades and enhancements to Ravensdale Park through a partnership with King County Parks.
The agreement leverages significant investment and enables King County to provide residents with two multi-use synthetic ballfields and related improvements at the park. In addition to providing new recreation opportunities, the synthetic fields also keep the division’s maintenance costs low.
The Parks and Recreation Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks determined the proposed project will allow for multiple uses and users throughout the year, thus increasing public use and access in a historically underserved area of King County, especially for residents of Maple Valley, Black Diamond, Covington and rural King County.
The legislation is now awaiting discussion and final action by the County Council.