Working to Develop New Parks, Trails and Natural Areas
In fall 2012, voters approved a bond measure that funds a number of projects aimed at expanding trails; preserving parkland around hillsides, rivers and streams; and conserving energy. Willamalane has made significant progress in the months since the passage of the $20 million measure.
The Trust for Public Land
Willamalane is working with the nonprofit organization The Trust for Public Land on a variety of bond projects. TPL works throughout the United States to assist communities with efforts to conserve land for people as parks and natural areas.
Acquire and develop this half-acre lot in an underserved area as a small neighborhood park with playground, play court and landscaping.
Willamalane has replaced outdated kitchen equipment and carpeting.
Willamalane has added two additional synthetic turf fields and resurfaced an existing field. Two new bocce ball courts funded by the bond measure are in use.
Construct a new entry, additional parking, a flush restroom and a community garden, as outlined in the Dorris Ranch Master Plan.
Willamalane has built a community garden on property owned by Springfield Public Schools on Flamingo Avenue, near Gamebird Park. Veggies are growing now in about 60 plots and eight raised beds.
Improve access to the park from downtown. Replace or renovate restrooms, increase parking and improve access to the river.
This project will develop a 3-mile walking and bicycling path along the historic Springfield Mill Race from downtown to the Middle Fork Path.
Willamalane has redeveloped this nearly 5-acre neighborhood park in an underserved area. Landscaping work is continuing.
Willamalane worked with Springfield Public Schools on a new park that will also serve as a playground for a future school. The park includes a sandbox, walking trail, basketball court, picnic table and more.
New additions to Ruff Park include an access driveway from 66th Street, a paved parking lot with accessible parking spaces, an informational kiosk, paved trails, benches, bike racks and additional landscaping.
Willamalane has completed upgrades to the mechanical systems at the 24-year-old wave pool to improve energy efficiency, water and air quality, and patron safety.
Willamalane has acquired property to preserve natural areas and develop a hiking and biking trail along the south Thurston hills ridgeline, roughly from Bob Straub Parkway to 79th and Main streets.