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5/1/2014

Construction to begin on two new parks delayed by economic slowdown

Online system set to reserve picnic shelters, schedule sports fields, obtain permits

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Bill Bjerke, Public Works
Phone: (360) 397-2285 ext. 1656
Bill.Bjerke@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – With warmer weather arriving and the economy improving, Clark County is moving forward with new and improved services in its expanding parks program.

The county recently launched an online system for reserving picnic shelters, scheduling sports fields and applying for special use permits for weddings, regattas and other large events.

Shelters can be reserved in five regional parks for events scheduled May 1 through Sept. 30. More information about county parks has been added to the county website at www.clark.wa.gov/parks, along with a link to the online system.

“We are still improving our online reservation system and parks website to make them as user friendly as possible,” said Bill Bjerke, Clark County Parks Manager. “It’s all part of providing the most benefit at the lowest cost for citizens to fully enjoy their parks.”

Meanwhile, the county has awarded a $908,400 contract to Thompson Bros. Excavating Inc. of Vancouver to build Chinook Neighborhood Park in Salmon Creek and Dogwood Neighborhood Park north of Orchards. Both parks should be completed this fall for the Greater Clark Parks District.

The county has built 25 parks and 26 sports fields since voters approved the parks district in 2005. Construction was on hold in 2012 and 2013 because of a reduction in county revenue linked to the downturn in construction, home sales and property values.

Clark County Parks, a division of Clark County Public Works, is responsible for grounds maintenance, operations, scheduling and other aspects of neighborhood, community and regional parks, as well as sports fields, trails and special facilities.

Clark County Parks can be reached at (360) 397-2285.

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