City makes improvements at Sunnyside

Cost for accessibility pathway estimated at about $100,000

Alan Davis, park manager, says Sunnyside Park is receiving renovations, which include a pathway that will make the 25-acre park more accessible to people with disabilities.

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Alan Davis, park manager, says Sunnyside Park is receiving renovations, which include a pathway that will make the 25-acre park more accessible to people with disabilities.

ALEX CATANZARO, Evergreen reporter

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Work began Aug. 23 for a project to make improvements to several city locations including Sunnyside park.

The 25-acre park will get multiple renovations, including an improved accessibility pathway, improved tennis courts and new pickleball courts.

The pathway will run from the Cedar Street Parking lot to the restroom and playground, Alan Davis, park manager for the Pullman Parks and Recreation Department, said.

The pathway is expected to make the park more accessible to people with disabilities, Davis said.

The cost for the Americans with Disabilities Aact improvements at Sunnyside Park is expected to be a little over $100,000.

Davis said the Parks and Recreation department hope to have the ADA component of the renovations done by mid-September.

The Kruegel Park tennis courts will also be renovated Kurt Dahmen, recreation manager for the Pullman Parks and Recreation Department, said.

The renovations to Sunnyside and Kruegel parks tennis courts should be completed by Sept. 1. Davis said they hope to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony during September.

Costs of the renovations for the tennis and pickleball courts are expected to be around $84,500, Davis said.

All the renovations are being paid by the Pullman Parks and Recreation department, Davis said.

He said the city has more plans for renovations at other sites.

“The city has done studies on all facilities, and they have identified things that need to be done as well,” Dahmen said.

The improved ADA pathways were one of the projects identified by the study that needed improvement, he said.

The tennis and pickleball court improvements came from community feedback, Dahmen said.

The city has planned more ADA improvements at Mary’s Park, Davis said. The new park will feature a playground on 5 acres of land donated to the city.

The plan is to have two areas of the park, one for young children and another for older children, Davis said.