Council to approve grants for park

By on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

COLLEGE PLACE – The College Place City Council has its first meeting of 2022 tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. The council is expected to accept two grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for the Lions Park renovation.

The first grant, totaling $500,000, will be used by the city to develop a splash pad and inclusive playground at Lions Park. The project will also include development of accessible walkways, a new picnic shelter, lighting, and new park signage.

The second grant, totaling $349,550, will be used to restore and develop multi-use baseball and soccer fields and renovate the public restrooms at the park. The project will also include irrigation replacement and security lighting.

Also on the agenda, the council will vote on approving the purchase of a new fire engine, which is not to exceed $700,000. The purchase of the fire engine was approved in this year’s budget as city fire engines are replaced every 20 years.

The council is also expected to appoint council member Loren Peterson as mayor pro tem. With the retirement of Councilwoman Marge Nyhagen, Mayor Norma Hernandez has asked to appoint Peterson, who is currently the interim mayor pro tem, to that position permanently. The city council meeting can be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel or via Zoom. The meeting ID number is 853 4575 6559.