Kenmore to host Moorlands Park athletic field opening day

The event is set for March 16.

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:30pm
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Moorlands Park athletic field in Kenmore is opening this week.

The public is invited to attend a special opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on March 16. It is recommended to arrive early to check out the field and join Mayor David Baker, the Kenmore City Council and the North Lake Little League as they open the new field with an inaugural game, according to a press release.

This new ballfield at 15221 84th Ave. NE is the very first field owned, operated and maintained by the city of Kenmore. The field is primarily intended to serve youth ages 12 and younger playing baseball, softball, fastpitch and t-ball. Fall soccer practices and games for youth ages 6 and younger may be allowed. The city owns and maintains the athletic field, however during Moorlands Elementary School hours, the field is reserved for school use only.

Sometimes important community projects like this take time, a lot of money and a whole lot of teamwork and persistence from many groups, the release states. The field was completely renovated as part of the larger Moorlands Park Project.

In 2006, the neighborhood had a vision for the park and prepared a park master plan. The school district, neighbors, North Lake Little League, Northshore Youth Soccer Association, elected officials and city staff continued to work together toward this vision, according to the release.

The release continues, stating that the project was prioritized for the city’s Capital Improvement Program and over $2 million was set aside. More than $600,000 of this funding came from two grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Another $250,000 was provided by the taxpayers of Washington in the 2018 capital budget thanks to the work of Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet and Rep. Javier Valdez, all of the 46th district.

The park project was finished last year and included new paved paths, a picnic shelter, restroom, path lighting, benches, picnic tables and play equipment for preschool as well as school-aged children. To learn more about how to reserve the field, check www.kenmorewa.gov/MoorlandsParkField.

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