Parks district program changes: Answers to common questions (Updated March 2013)
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Clark County and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation have completed 26 of 41 youth sports fields included in the Greater Clark Parks District program. These youth sports fields were developed at parks, schools, and sports complexes around the unincorporated urban area. Some were stand-alone projects, while others were built at the same time as a park.
The Greater Clark Parks District will provide some funding for maintenance of the new sports fields. Additional maintenance funding will come from partnerships with school districts and youth sports groups. Active or completed sports field proejcts:
Alki Middle School Soccer Fields
In October 2007, the county partnered with the Vancouver School District to upgrade two youth soccer fields at Alki Middle School for year-round use.
Luke Jensen Sports Park (Hazel Dell)
Construction of this premier youth sports facility was completed in 2012. The sports park features three multi-use synthetic turf fields and two natural turf Little League fields. Salmon Creek Little League and Westside Soccer Club use this site. More information.
Hockinson Meadows Community Park
Construction was completed in April 2009 on eight Little League fields that will also be used for t-ball and fall youth soccer at this park. Evergreen Little League and Prairie Soccer Club use this site. More information.
Mini-Mod Soccer Fields in Lakeshore
Clark County partnered with the Diocese of Olympia to locate four mini-mod soccer (children ages 4-7) fields at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2206 NW 99th St. The county made minor improvements to the property around the church in 2010. These fields will be used by Salmon Creek and Westside soccer clubs starting in 2011.
For more information about the sports field projects, please contact Eric Christensen at Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation, by phone at (360) 487-8306 or by email at Eric.Christensen@cityofvancouver.us.
When available, Greater Clark Parks District funding will help pay for property acquisition for approximately seven miles of rustic soft-surface trails located along the following creek corridors:
- Cougar Creek (Felida)
- Whipple Creek (North Salmon Creek/Fairgrounds area)
- LaLonde Creek (East Hazel Dell)
- Curtin Creek (Glenwood/Barberton area)
- Burnt Bridge Creek (Sifton)
In 2009, the county purchased 10 acres on Cougar Creek in Felida for use as a future trailhead for the Cougar Creek Trail extension. The county will rely on community partnerships and grants to develop these trails. Parks district funding may also be used to pay for maintenance of the trails after development.
For more information about the trails program, please contact Jean Akers at Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation at (360) 487-8320, or by email at Jean.Akers@cityofvancouver.us.