NOTICE OF INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Notice is hereby given of a proposed conversion of Recreation and Conservation Office grant funded land and developed facilities, requiring approval from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCFB), for portions of the Morrill Meadows/East Hill Park Site that are being used for the construction of an indoor recreation facility. The Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department invites the public to comment on the options listed or to suggest their own.
All comments are due by Sunday, April 7, 2019.
ATTENTION, DOGS AND OWNERS: The off-leash dog park is CLOSED during construction of the YMCA and renovation of Morrill Meadows Park. It is expected to reopen in autumn of 2019, featuring a separate small or shy dog section and dedicated parking area.
Use the Temporary Dog Park just 1 mile east on SE 248th Street at 124th Ave. SE. (Not in Clark Lake Park - across 248th from the park.)
Thank you for your interest in this important project. We are thrilled to announce that construction has begun!
During construction, the city has closed off the east portion of Morrill Meadows Park and all of East Hill Park from public access. The west side of Morrill Meadows Park, including the parking lot, the forested trail, most (but not all) of the great lawn, the picnic shelter and the playground, remain open.
We have temporarily relocated the Morrill Meadows dog park further east on SE 248th Street, with an entrance on 124th Avenue SE. The interim dog park includes a fenced 23,000-square-foot small dog area and a separate fenced 44,000-square-foot large dog area. The dog park has off-street parking and dog waste disposal facilities. Water is not available. Dog owners should bring their own water, particularly during the hot summer months. TEMPORARY DOG PARK DAILY HOURS ARE DAWN TO DUSK.
These park improvements are part of the overall scope of the Kent YMCA, a 50,000-square-foot facility with an aquatics center, which is slated to open in late summer/early fall 2019. The YMCA is responsible for fully funding the YMCA facility, while the city is responsible for the park and a portion of frontage improvements.
Park features shown on the site plan include:
- Relocated large and small dog parks
- New multi-use sport court
- New trails and paths
- “Front porch” plaza in front of the new YMCA
- Reconfigured great lawn
- New small lawn
- Parking lot
“This project represents the collective effort of community members, legislators, volunteers, supporters and our YMCA partners who recognize the need for a state-of-the-art, recreational facility in our community,” said Julie Parascondola, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. “We are excited to get started on the improvements to Morrill Meadows and to combine it with East Hill Park to better serve our residents and offer this very unique indoor/outdoor recreational experience. We hope the community will join us to celebrate this monumental accomplishment.”