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City receives money for park renovation
EVERETT - A 36-year-old park that hasn’t seen substantial improvements since it was built in 1977 will finally be transformed into a place for play the neighborhood will want to spend more time at.
The city now has the money to move forward with the first phase of the Senator Henry M. Jackson Park renovation project. The city received $1.5 million from the state to design and build the first phase, which addresses four acres on the west side of the park and includes building a larger playground area, a community garden, adding more picnic tables and new pedestrian paths.
Phase one is estimated to cost about $2 million.
The City Council is expected to begin the process of seeking bids for design proposals at its July 17 meeting. The parks department is hoping to have the first phase completed by the end of June 2015.
The 14-acre park is long overdue for improvements. The park largely borders the Delta Neighborhood in northeast Everett.
The city plans to improve the park in two phases totaling around $15 million, according to a 2011 master plan.
The second phase will add a larger basketball court on the east side and will accommodate basketball and pelota mixteca, a game similar to tennis except people hit the ball with their hands. New athletic fields will be built. The park will keep its baseball diamond and soccer fields.
Parks director Paul Kaftanski recalled a past visit to the park when a resident who lives close to the park asked why the city would want to renovate it because no one uses it.
“That’s the point,” Kaftanski remembered saying to the resident. “We want parks to be used. The renovation will go a long way to helping to make it a focal point of the Delta neighborhood and a space that will be well-loved by area residents.”


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