The construction contract was awarded to Thompson Brothers Excavating, Inc. of Vancouver on March 1, 2011. Construction will start in mid-to late-March, and is expected to be completed in early 2012.
Park name voting results
|Luke Jensen Memorial Park
|St. Johns Park
|Greater Vancouver Sports Park
|Greater Clark County Sports Park
|Total # of votes received (Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2008)
| Total # of online votes
|Total # of telephone votes
|Total # of emailed votes
Additional write-in names with one vote each (<1%):
- Hope Park (1)
- Frolic Field (1)
- King's Court (1)
- Jeremiah Johnson Memorial Park (1)
- St. Johns Playfield (1)
- Clark County Sports Park (1)
- Veterans Memorial Sports Park (1)
On Feb. 18, 2011, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission voted to make a recommendation to the Board of Clark County Commissioners to name the facility "Luke Jensen Sports Park," with the option to name the five sports fields after other individuals.
Staff will bring this recommendation to the Board as part of an upcoming weekly consent agenda public meeting. More information about the date, time and location of this meeting will be provided once it's known.
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Project Description & Draft Concept Plan
This 20-acre site is located on Northeast 78th Street, about a quarter mile west of St. Johns Road. The property currently features open fields on the south side and a forested area on the north side.
When construction is complete, this site will feature:
- Two natural grass little league baseball/softball fields with dugouts and bullpens. Salmon Creek Little League is also paying for installation of lighting and scoreboards on these fields.
- A small, synthetic turf multipurpose field for tee ball and pee wee soccer
- A large, lighted, synthetic turf multipurpose field with scoreboards, dugouts, bullpens and batting cages that can be used for a variety of organized sports
- A combined restrooms/concessions building
- A maintenance storage facility
- Playground equipment
- 1/4-mile of walking/biking trails
- 16 picnic tables, 18 benches, ten bike racks and nine trash cans
- Sidewalk on the south side of Northeast 82nd Street in front of the park
- Parking lots and a new access road between Northeast 78th and 82nd streets
- Additional landscaping and trees
A six-acre neighborhood park on the north side of the property will remain largely undeveloped and feature only a wooded walking trail, two benches and one picnic table. The county may develop this neighborhood park in the future, if funding is available.
The design and layout of baseball fields is directed by the number and size of fields needed and their orientation to the sun. As a result, there was relatively little flexibility in their design and layout within this property.
However, it was important that the county understand and respond to neighbors’ concerns or questions regarding the project before it moved forward to construction.
There have been a number of opportunities for the public to provide input about this project since 2009:
- April 2009 public meeting to review draft concept plan and an online comment period for those who couldn't attend the meeting.
- July 2009 public meeting to review updated draft concept plan and an online comment period for those who couldnt' attend the meeting.
- October 2009 Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission meeting to review the draft concept plan with opportunity for public testimony.
- December 2009 Board of Clark County Commissioners Consent Agenda to review and take action on the draft concept plan with opportunity for public testimony.
- May 2010 Open House to allow the public to review the latest design drawing, associated studies and documents. A postcard invitation to this open house was mailed to residents living within a few miles of the property. The documents are also all available below.
- A formal public comment period as part of the Type III development review and SEPA environmental permitting processes in May 2010. This included an opportunity to provide written comments, or provide oral testimony at a land use public hearing on June 29, 2010.
- A formal public comment period about the Class IVG timber permit application in August 2010.
- December 2010 Board of Clark County Commissioners Consent Agenda to approve a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement between Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation and Vancouver First Church of God and King's Way Christian Schools regarding sharing the use of sports fields, parking and park amenities.
- January & February 2011 public vote on the name of the sports complex
- February 2011 Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission meeting to make a recommendation to the Board about the name of the facility
- March 2011 Board of Clark County Commissioners public meeting to award the construction contract to the apparently low bidder.
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May 2010 Open House Display Boards
May 2010 Open House Documents
March 2010 revised concept plan (7MB PDF) or smaller JPG image (836 kb JPG)
February 2010 revised concept plan (682 kb PDF)
Design and construction of the Hazel Dell sports fields will be funded by the real estate excise tax, which is paid whenever property is sold; and property taxes collected by the Greater Clark Parks District, a taxing district approved by voters in the unincorporated urban area of Clark County in 2005.
Additional site improvements, like lights and scoreboards, will be paid for by the sports groups using the park.
Basic maintenance of the park will also be funded by the Greater Clark Parks District. Additional turf maintenance activities, beyond basic mowing, watering, fertilizing and occasional reseeding, will be paid for by the sports leagues using the park.
Matt Griswold, Project Manager
Clark County Public Works
360-397-6118 x. 4372
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