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Grant paves way for Grandview fairgrounds upgrade

GRANDVIEW - Grandview is one step closer to Country Park fairgrounds upgrades, thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Pacific Power Foundation.

Pacificorp Regional Manager Clark Satre was on hand yesterday afternoon at Grandview City Hall to present the donation. The funds are from the Pacific Power Foundation.

"The foundation's primary focus is on programs, although it does make some grants for capital projects, such as the pathway in Grandview," Satre said.

Satre said Grandview applied for the grant and that the foundation board members meet quarterly to consider requests.

"I always have input into the board's deliberations, and I try to make sure that grants coming to Yakima County get distributed throughout the county as much as possible," Satre added. He said the foundation has awarded grants to Sunnyside Hospital's emergency room project, the Toppenish food bank, Heritage University, the Yakima Symphony, Perry Tech and other entities.

Phase one of upgrades at Country Park took place last year with the installation of an asphalt pathway that's wheelchair accessible. According to Grandview Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter, that pathway extends from the fairgrounds parking lot down to the Beavan building.

"We're hoping to raise enough funds to complete the entire 1,233 linear feet, which would tie in the stage area of the ampitheater, ball fields, livestock buildings and horse area," Carpenter said.

The city of Grandview set aside $10,000 this year in capital improvement funds and the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo board chipped in $3,000. Carpenter said an additional $8,000 of in-kind donations is being given by members of Grandview's Park Maintenance Salary and Benefits fund.

Despite the check from the Pacific Power Foundation, Carpenter said, "We are still approximately $5,000 short of completing the entire pathway project."

Satre said, "What is most important about these pathways, and what caught my attention, is that (it) will enable those using walkers or wheelchairs, or parents with little children in strollers, to get around the park grounds easier-making the park and its events more accessible to a lot of folks."

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