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Claytown Park renovation begins with $10,000 boost from Kiwanis Club
SNOHOMISH - Improvements to Claytown Park have begun and were largely made possible by a $10,000 donation from the Snohomish Kiwanis Club, which was “excited to help the city,” Kiwanis member Aaron Hammer said last week.
The park renovation will take about two months to complete, public works services manager Mike Johnson said. A grand opening celebration is planned for May 1. In the meantime, the park will remain closed to the public.
The park has been in need of replacement for several years, Johnson said.
“It’s nice to finally see it get done,” he said.
The total cost for the revamped park is just under $50,000, which has been raised, Johnson said.
Claytown will be getting new playground equipment, new picnic tables, benches, drinking fountain and landscaping.
The 50-by-50-foot playground area is currently two to three feet below its concrete perimeter. One part of the project will be to raise the play area to be level with the ground around it, which will bring it up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
The new equipment, which will include slides, swings and a climbing wall, will have a life expectancy of more than 20 years, Johnson said.
The park, located at 329 Ave. I, is made specifically for children ages 2 to 5.
In addition to volunteering with Snohomish Kiwanis, Hammer’s children who play at Claytown Park. He said he was very proud of the club’s involvement in improving the park.
“It’s close to home,” Hammer said. “My kids play at this park and will in the future and it means something to (the club) to be a part of this and help the city. It’s not really in a financial place to take care of everything on its own.”
The Snohomish Parks Foundation is still taking donations for the following items: two picnic tables, three park benches and one garbage can. To donate to Claytown Park, contact the Snohomish Parks Foundation at www.snohomishparks.org.

 

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