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City looks to start ‘Parks and Paths’ projects

Upgrades to include accessibility efforts, new walking trails

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Projects the city plans on completing in future years include renovations to the Reaney Park Pool to make the facilities more handicap accessible.

Projects the city plans on completing in future years include renovations to the Reaney Park Pool to make the facilities more handicap accessible.

Aripirala Sai Ram | The Daily Evergreen

Aripirala Sai Ram | The Daily Evergreen

Projects the city plans on completing in future years include renovations to the Reaney Park Pool to make the facilities more handicap accessible.

IAN SMAY, Evergreen news editor

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The City of Pullman will begin working on projects funded by Proposition No. 2, also known as the ‘Parks and Paths’ bond, later this year.

The bond provides $2.4 million for improvements to various areas around the city, ranging from Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to new pathways.

City Supervisor Adam Lincoln said the bond, which has been renewed multiple times, usually receives support from citizens.

“While the vote was happening, I heard a lot of people that were pretty excited about the improvements to parks,” he said. “This bond in particular has never had a hard time passing.”

Three paths will conclude construction at about the same time in 2019, Parks Superintendent Alan Davis said. The paths will cost anywhere between $75,000 to about $200,000.

One path will provide ADA-compliant access from Cedar Street to Sunnyside Park, providing a route to areas in the park which currently can be difficult to use, causing some to use a service road instead, Davis said. Complying with ADA regulations is a top priority due to the geography of Pullman.

“We’re really challenged here in Pullman with the elevation changes and just our terrain, so that will be helpful,” Davis said.

Another path will go from Copper Basin housing developments through Conservation Park to Darrow Street in an effort to give children a path to Jefferson Elementary, he said. The third will go from Center Street to Sunnyside Park before heading towards a parking lot on Cedar Street.

In addition to the paths, multiple projects involving parks around Pullman will use funding from the bond. While a portable shell and stage for musical acts will be the first completed project in late 2018 or early 2019, one of the biggest projects for the City of Pullman comes in the form of an event center at Lawson Gardens.

The center will hold a little over 100 people inside, along with part of the projected 38,000 square-foot space available outside of the building. The center received its funding from Proposition No. 1, and Davis said the cost for the building will be in the range of $1.5 million.

Other projects covered under the ‘Parks and Paths’ bond include the creation of a playground at Emerald Point Park estimated at about $255,000, as well as the replacement of the liner at the pool in Reaney Park and renovations to the pool’s bathrooms to make them ADA compliant, Davis said.

The City will also create a development in Mary’s Park which will cost in the range of $460,000 and Kruegel Park’s shelter will also receive renovations.

About the Writer
IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

Ian Smay is a senior journalism & media production major, with an emphasis in broadcast news, from Dayton, Washington. He is also minoring in criminal justice, and served as the crime & courts beat reporter from Aug. 2017 – May 2018. He can be reached at [email protected]

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