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Mabton residents finalizing plans for new park

MABTON - More than 35 community members in Mabton earlier this month met with representatives of Catholic Charities Housing Services and Pomegranate Center to discuss design ideas for a new park in the community.

The process, said Laura Armstrong of Catholic Charities, is progressing.

She said a design plan was presented at the last meeting and community members asked for a couple of changes. "They expressed a desire to change the tennis courts to volleyball courts," she said.

The community also asked about the addition of basketball courts, and the Mabton School District suggested improvements to the basketball courts already existing near Mabton High School might serve the community's needs.

Armstrong said a partnership with the school district, sharing resources, increases a sense of community development. "It shows the community is working together," she said.

The design developed to date includes a recreational field for activities like soccer. It features a volleyball court, a picnic shelter and park paths, as well as a natural playground with rocks and trees that provide youngsters the ability to be creative while playing.

A community gathering place is also still in the discussion phases, according to Armstrong.

She said those attending the last meeting have started identifying local resources for materials that can be used at the park and community members have been delegated to seek out support for the project.

"We are also working with the school district and students in the schools," said Armstrong. She said the desire is to have students in the school district help with the design, such as choosing plants to be featured in the park.

Today (Monday) there will be another meeting to further discuss the park. That meeting will be at Mabton's New Life Villa Apartments in the community meeting room, located at 708 Washington Street. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and community members interested in providing input are urged to attend.

For questions, contact Armstrong at 509-853-2800.

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