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Plans for community park in final stages

MABTON - Last Monday a group of community members in Mabton met to discuss final plans for a new park in the community.

The effort to build the park is led by Catholic Charities Housing Services and Pomegranate Center. More than 40 members of the community met to discuss the final plans.

Laura Armstrong of Catholic Charities Housing Services said the next step in the process is to seek out sources for funding of elements like restrooms, a volleyball court, pathways and an all-purpose playfield.

Various components of the park, she said, will be implemented in phases, as funding becomes available.

A skate park is another element the community members want added to the plans for the park. Because a skate park can be costly, the Pomegranate Center left in place a 500 sq. ft. area where a skate park could be built in the future.

Armstrong said a garden area was removed from the plans, however the park will be large enough to integrate a garden area.

"The main pieces will be the all-purpose playfield and the volleyball court...we really want to solidify local funding," said Armstrong.

"People in the community are really excited about this and there are students who have stepped up to seek funding," she said.

The community members wanted a water feature to the park and Pomegranate satisfied that desire with a water trellis to be situated near what is slated to become an amphitheatre. The amphitheatre, according to Armstrong, is another feature that will be built as funding is made available.

Walking paths and a natural playground are also planned for the park, Armstrong said.

She said there is an interest in creating a group called Friends of the Park. That group would set aside time to volunteer for the purpose of maintaining the park, as well as working with other organizations like the city of Mabton.

At last week's meeting, the community members also expressed a desire for developing rules for conduct to be displayed at the park.

The group is enthusiastic, according to Armstrong, and has committed to meet again Monday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at Mabton's New Life Villa Apartments in the community meeting room, located at 708 Washington Street.

At that meeting the community will discuss a line-item budget and list of materials to distribute to the community. Those interested will also help identify businesses and individuals who might be contacted for support of the project.

Materials and monetary donations are being accepted by Catholic Charities Housing Services. Monetary donations can also be made online at www.ccyakima.org. Click on "how to help", click the donate button and at the bottom of the form, select CC Housing Services, filling in the box below with "Mabton park."

For more information on the project or how to contribute, contact Armstrong by email at larmstrong@cchsyakima.org or by calling her at 509-853-2800.

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