St. Helens awarded $187K for park upgrades
Campbell Park in St. Helens will undergo a number of upgrades to its sports amenities thanks in part to grant funding awarded to the city of St. Helens last month.
St. Helens was recently awarded just over $187,000 from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Local Government Grant program and was one of 17 cities to be selected for the grant across the
The city will be required to match the grant with $125,000, bringing the total cost of the project to just over $312,000.
Park upgrades will include the replacement of the existing tennis and basketball courts with two tennis flex courts and one flex sport court. Additionally, a picnic area will be added, ADA access will be improved, parking will be expanded, and storm water facilities will be improved, a press release from the city explains.
The tennis courts in the park have severely degraded and attempts to seal cracks, while effective in the short term, do not address the underlying issue, the release added. Additionally, the basketball courts typically flood seasonally due to low elevation.
The grant funding will allow contractors to relocate the basketball court to the current location of the tennis courts. That court will then be established as a flex court which can be used for a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, pickleball and badminton, the release adds.
The location of the current basketball court will be transformed into a stormwater meadow, with a soft-surface trail. Crews will also construct a system to convey stormwater away from the courts and, in the process, allow for the creation of 25 new parking spaces, including two ADA spaces. While a formal timeline has not been established, the project must be completed by October 2021.
A number of the park repairs and renovations highlighted in the grant were identified in the city's 2015 Parks and Trails Master Plan as suggested improvements.
During a City Council work session Wednesday, Oct. 2, Council President Doug Morten praised Associate Planner Jenny Dimsho for her work in helping the city apply for numerous grants over the past several years, including this most recent parks grant, that have helped the city complete projects while saving taxpayer money.
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