Pierce County’s new park cost $4 million and will open soon

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Residents of the Town of Edgewood will soon have another park to play in before summer arrives.

The city will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Edgewood Community Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26. The park is located at 10324 36th St. E. near 36th Street East and Meridian Avenue East.

Participants can take home commemorative coins, but supplies are limited. There will only be a few hundred pieces available at the 18-acre park, public works director Jeremy Metzler said.

Attendees can expect to see a playground with a synthetic surface as well as a barn-like playground with a classic tractor. Kids will have plenty of opportunities to climb on things, Metzler said. Swings can also be found in the park.

There is a grassy amphitheater as well as a picnic shelter and tables. Paved paths are found around the park for those who like to walk, run or jog. There is also parking and toilets.

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Edgewood Community Park has a playground with a synthetic surface as well as a barn-like playground that has a classic tractor. Angelique Relent [email protected]

“It’s the biggest park we’ve ever had,” Metzler said.

In addition to this park, other city parks that are considered in active use include Edgemont Park at 11001 24th St. E. and Nelson Nature Park at 2228 118th Ave. E. Active use parks are defined as areas that provide recreational activities. to the public.

The park costs around $4 million. About $730,000 went to sewers while the rest went to park features and design, Metzler said. About $1 million of the total cost is covered by a state grant, while the rest is paid for by park impact fees paid by developers.

“Fortunately, we were able to do this without taxpayers’ money,” Metzler said.

The city first acquired the property from the Puyallup school district in late 2004. Around 2007-2008, the city proposed a bond measure that required voters to pay an additional tax to help fund the park. Voters rejected the requirement.

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The Town of Edgewood will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Edgewood Community Park on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. Angelica Relente [email protected]

“There just wasn’t the support for it at least at that time,” Metzler said.

Instead, the city decided to collect impact fees over the years to cover the cost of the park, Metzler said. The city began creating designs for the park around 2015. The city received the state’s $1 million grant in 2018.

The city council voted to move forward with plans for the park in 2019. The city completed the design and had all funds in place by 2020, Metzler said. Construction started in 2021.

“This park is supposed to have a bit of everything for everyone,” Metzler said.

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The Town of Edgewood will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Edgewood Community Park on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. Angelica Relente [email protected]

Angelica Relente covers topics that affect communities in East Pierce County. She started as a news intern in June 2021.

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