REC funding announcement expected by Feb. 2 meeting

No announcement came this past Monday night on whether or not Sunnyside had been granted the $100,000 it was seeking from the Lower Yakima County Rural Enterprise Community (REC).

Interim City Manager Mark Kunkler told the Sunnyside City Council that he is expecting an answer from the non-profit agency within the next few days. Kunkler is expecting to have a decision from Yakima County, which oversees the management of the REC group, by the Feb. 2 meeting.

The City of Sunnyside is one of several entities vying for more than $100,000 the REC group will be awarding for Lower Valley projects. City leaders submitted a proposal for all of the REC funds to help with the maintenance of SunnyView Park, including the construction of a skateboard park, which Sunnyside resident Danny Mendoza has been trying to put together for numerous years.

Other projects in the running for the REC funds include a proposal to install playground equipment in Grandview parks, a Washington State Migrant Council proposal for REC to fund youth programs at the Sunnyside Community Center, and the Grandview Port District, the City of Grandview and Yakima Valley Community College requesting $72,500 to help fund the establishment of a grape and wine education center at the former Grandview Safeway store.

Some of the other projects include a request from Sunnyside Community Hospital to provide funding for health care career projects and from Sunnyside Inc. to aid with holding seminars for small business owners.

Dr. Jim Stevens stepped before the Council asking for the body's support of the skateboard project even if the REC group doesn't provide funding for SunnyView Park. Stevens said he felt what Mendoza has been trying to do with constructing the skateboard park is "incredible." Stevens said he felt the Council and the entire community should assist Mendoza with his project.

. Mike Kantman can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or email him at


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