Si View Metropolitan Park District has been awarded $130,000 grant for the historic Si View Community Center window replacement project through The Washington State Heritage Capital Project Fund. The competitive HCPF grant program supports organizations that preserve and interpret Washington States heritage. This work was originally planned as part of the Community Center renovation project, but due to considerable cost savings opportunity, it was rescheduled to meet the grant program timeline and 75 windows at the Community Center and adjacent Annex were replaced in the Fall of 2016.
Our beloved Si View Pool received a light makeover in early 2016 including painting the ceiling of the Natatorium (pool area), repairs to some vertical cracking in the pool wall and floor, and recoating of the pool liner to keep our pool an enjoyable amenity for our Valley residents. These improvements were anticipated well in advance and are being funded from our Capital Fund.
Si View Metropolitan Park District has been awarded $150,000 towards the Tollgate Farm Project through the Building for Culture: Saving Landmarks initiative. This competitive grant is administered by 4Culture and made possible by King County Council through excess hotel/motel tax monies leftover from the Kingdome debt service. It will help restore and preserve the historically significant farmhouse for community use in multiple phases. Weatherproofing the farmhouse with new windows and siding will be the first priority and is currently in progress with anticipated completion in late 2016. In a later phase, we plan to rehabilitate the interior of the farmhouse with additional grant funding, to renovate the house for use as a community space.
Si View Metropolitan Park District has completed an interpretive signage program highlighting the rich natural and cultural history of Tollgate Farm. Eight storyboard signs have been installed along the perimeter trail. This project was funded by the park district capital improvement fund and a grant received from Snoqualmie Tribe. A kiosk for the main sign located near park entrance was installed as an Eagle Scout project by Boy Scout Troop 466 member Julian Bossio. He worked with the park district on a design, planning and construction of the kiosk. The kiosk was fully funded through donations and volunteers recruited by Julian. The kiosk is a wonderful gift to the community!
The City of North Bend owned Torguson Park is currently undergoing renovations. Per the Citys Torguson Park Master Plan, improvements include a new ball field plaza with a restroom/concession building and new backstop fencing. In addition, the park will see a new picnic shelter, paved trail system, and landscaping. The $1.6 million improvement project is funded by several city department budgets, park impact fees, a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and commitment from Snoqualmie Valley Little League. Work is now in progress and weather permitting, completed in early spring 2017.
The City of North Bend and Si View Metropolitan Park District are collaborating on a park improvement project to bring an exciting new amenity to the Torguson Athletic Complex located in the heart of North Bend. A Community Bike Park, with tracks for all levels of riders is planned for the southwest portion of the Torguson complex. This project will also enhance the southwest entrance area with improved walking paths, seating areas and signage. Funding for this project has been secured from King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant program, City of North Bend, Si View Metro Parks and community partners. A preliminary concept plan has been developed with expertise from The Watershed Company and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
The new bike park will be reshaped using proper track surface and subbase for our climate and designed with features for users ranging in age and skill level. The new track can be used year-round and will keep beginner riders separated from the advanced riders, greatly improving safety for all participants. The new track design will also improve the function and health of the adjacent wetland and buffer. Using the highest industry standards and materials will allow the track to shed water and eliminate erosion, enhancing the health of the ecosystem. This project is currently in the design phase with project completion planned in 2017. You may view the preliminary site plan here: Download Poster
In August 2010, park district residents approved Proposition 1, a 6.7 million bond measure to take care of the park and recreation facilities of our growing community so that they will be here for our children and grandchildren. The bond measure included refinancing of 2009 general obligation bonds in addition to much needed exterior repairs of the historic community center, renovation of Si View Park and development of Tollgate Farm.
The new siding looks much lighter in color than the original product, will it be stained?
The western red cedar planks used for siding of the community center building have been treated with a product that over the course of a few seasons will begin to mimic a natural aged look. When achieved the new siding will take on the appearance and maintain our Historic Si View look.
Why did Si View improve the parking first?
We took advantage of a creative opportunity to collaborate with the City of North Bend and save the residents of the District money by using a grant awarded by the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board. The grant money was used to make street frontage safety improvements including the sidewalk along Orchard Drive. The grant needed to be expended by 2009 therefore to utilize the grant and save money on a project already identified as a priority by our patrons the District and City moved forward with the sidewalk project. Inherently by building the sidewalk it took away all parking at Si View Park so the Parking Phase of the parks Master Plan was implemented before needed repairs to the building could take place. This order of improvements was not our initial intention but the District felt that was best to take advantage of cost savings realized by the grant and City collaboration.
Why did Si View paint the parking lot?
Having to pave over parkland to provide parking for Si View Park and Community Center the District wanted to make the area as multi-functional as possible. The design of the parking plaza is meant to provide parking, but also to provide an adequate staging area for a diverse range of special events and recreation programming. Programs such as 3 on 3 basketball tournaments, Farmers Market and the Festival at Mt. Si just to name a few.
The painting also provides another purpose. Traditional black pavement creates a "heat island affect" therefore alleviating the possibility of using native plant species in the landscape design. The paint minimizes the heat from the pavement and the "heat island affect" and allows us to use plants that are native and therefore reduce maintenance costs and upkeep.