Thank you for your interest in this exciting project!
The City of Kent is initiating the concept design phase for the renovation of Kherson Park, located at 307 West Gowe Street. Under the management of the Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS) Department, this project will establish a new vision for this park, emphasizing the need for green space, place-making and community gathering spaces in downtown Kent.
The renovation of Kherson Park will also celebrate the City's legacy of aero and outer space innovation by memorializing Kent's role in the development of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). The three LRVs used in Apollo missions 15, 16 and 17 are still on the moon today; they were designed, built and tested here in Kent, and recently designated as historical landmarks by the King County Landmarks Commission. The City recently approved a contract with Northwest Playground (Cre8play) to construct an interactive replica of the Lunar Rover, which will be accompanied by the life-sized Astronaut figure currently on display at the ShoWare center. This space-themed installation will be one component of the planned improvements at Kherson Park.
The Economic & Community Development (ECD) Department is leading a fundraising campaign to help land the Lunar Rover replica at Kherson Park. To learn more, or make a tax-deductible donation, visit ApolloLunarRover.com.
Community input at this early design phase will help to inform us what program elements will be successful in this space to bring more people to enjoy Kherson Park and the surrounding downtown area.
Join us to learn more and get involved with the process at these public events and meetings:
- August 24 - Kent Farmers Market at Town Square Plaza
9:00am - 2:00pm
Drop by the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department booth to learn more about the project or take the survey!
- September 5 - Centennial Center Room 107, 400 West Gowe Street
6:00pm - 7:30pm
- September 24 - Green River College Room 283, 417 Ramsay Way
6:00pm - 7:30pm
The preliminary schedule below is an approximation of the time necessary to implement this project. Please note, the actual schedule may deviate as we get deeper into design and construction. Updates on the project timeline will be provided here throughout the duration of the project.
Summer 2019 – Fall 2019
- DESIGN, PERMITTING, BIDDING
Winter 2020 – Winter 2021
Spring 2021 – Spring 2022
Terry Jungman, Parks Planning & Development Manager
Phone: 253 856-5112