Morrill Meadows-East Hill Park Renovation and YMCA

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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 at Clark Lake Park, but right across the street. All dogs must be leashed at all times in Clark Lake Park and all other city parks and trails.)

Thank you for your interest in this important project. We are thrilled to announce that construction has begun!

MM-EHP YMCA site planDuring construction, the city will temporarily close 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, will remain open.

In addition, the city has temporarily relocated the Morrill Meadows dog park which is further east on 248th with an entrance on 124th Avenue. The interim dog park will include two separate, fenced areas, including a 23,000-square-foot small dog area and a 44,000-square-foot large dog area. The dog park will offer gravel, off-street parking and dog waste disposal facilities. However, water will not be available. Dog owners are encouraged to bring their own water, particularly during the hot summer months. Dog park hours are dawn to dusk.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED UP TO NOW?

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. The community is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon at Morrill Meadows Park (10600 SE 248th Street).

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
  • Amphitheater
  • 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.”

Please re-visit this page for updates as the project moves forward.  

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