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 will be constructed in 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.
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. The construction bid for this project has been accepted with project completion in spring 2018. You may view the preliminary site plan here: Download Poster
The east restrooms near the playground and climbing wall area will soon see a facelift. The restroom building will be resided and storage area will be added. This project is currently under construction with project completion in late 2017.
The outfields at Torguson Park sports complex will be improved in 2018, after spring baseball season ends. This project includes removal of the existing surface plant material from outfields; Rough grade the outfields to level and fill in low elevations; Make an irrigation plan for the outfield grass areas; Trench and install all mainline and lateral irrigation lines including valves, valve boxes, valve control wire, controller, and irrigation heads; Place on the outfields a minimum of four inches of fairway sand and obtain a final grade of half a percent draining away from the infields; and seed the new outfields.
Safe walking/biking route connecting local trails to parks is in its final design phase. The proposed connector trail eliminates the need to walk/bike on the shoulder of heavily traveled SR 202. It includes construction of an extension to the current boardwalk under SR 202, gravel trail, cattle fencing and a boardwalk connecting to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail north of Tollgate Farm. This project is currently in the design phase with construction planned for 2018.
Tollgate Farmhouse Rehabilitation project to renovate the facility for community use for educational programming and events has been awarded $279,000 in grant funding through Heritage Capital Project Fund Program. However, funding is on hold until 2017-19 state Capital Budget passes. Farmhouse exterior has recently been rehabilitated with a $150,000 grant from the Building for Culture: Saving Landmarks initiative. The first phase included rehabilitation of the exterior shell with new windows and siding, as well as seismic upgrades.
Tollgate Farm has rich soils likely suitable for agricultural production. Si View MPD is currently conducting a feasibility study to understand the opportunities and challenges of potential agricultural use. Ideas include an incubator farm and/or farm store to support local agriculture and provide educational programs. Final report from consultant firm Jones & Jones is expected in the fall 2017.
Since the formation of the District in 2003, our mission has been focused on partnering with the community to preserve historic Si View Park and the aging facilities within. Through hard work and dedication we have made great strides in improving the quality of life for residents by investing in infrastructure. These improvements enhance recreation programs and parks in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and ensures facilities will be here for future generations. Since 2005, over $10M dollars have been dedicated for facility and park improvements.
Several large projects were completed including replacement of all Si View Community Center and Annex windows; closeout items to Si View Community Center interior renovation project; Repairs to the liner and repainting of Si View Pool; Design of directional signage for Si View Park; Design phase of Torguson Complex Bike Park and Entry; Design, production and installation of interpretive signage at Tollgate Farm Park; Exterior rehabilitation of Tollgate Farmhouse and repairs to the septic system at Tollgate Farm Park.
Two major projects spanned a two-year window providing the community much improved amenities at Si View Community Center and a new community park at Tollgate Farm. See descriptions under 2014.
Si View Community Center interior renovation project included upgrades to plumbing, electrical and fire suppression systems; Reconfiguration of the interior layout to maximize use of space, and improved traffic flow for programming; Restoration of the gym woodwork and replacement of deteriorated flooring. Tollgate Farm Park development project created community access to this centrally located property with parking areas, restrooms, playground, picnic area and interpretive trails.
Majority of our efforts were focused on a multi-year Si View Park renovation project providing the community greatly improved amenities and safety features. See description under 2012. Design phase of the Tollgate Farm Park was completed as were repairs to the Si View Pool pump system.
The Si View Park renovation project included lighted pathways connecting the amenities, perimeter trail, two new playgrounds, restrooms with a concession stand, picnic shelter, outdoor basketball court, grading of playfields, and drainage and irrigation installation for year round use of sports fields. Si View Community Center exterior rehabilitation project was completed and initial design work for Tollgate Farm Park started.
Design phase for Si View Park renovation project was completed, Si View Community Center exterior rehabilitation project with new siding, roofing, and gutters was started. The heater for Si View Pool was repaired.
Work on the Si View Parking Plaza project was completed providing pedestrian and traffic safety improvements with onsite parking plaza, sidewalks and bike lanes along Orchard Drive. Exterior doors to the Si View Community Center and Pool were replaced.
Design and early construction of the Si View Parking Plaza was started. Sidewalks along Orchard Drive were constructed and Si View Park was connected to the city sewer system.
Facility repairs and upgrades to aging systems at Si View Community Center and Pool were the first order of business for the new park district to ensure safe operation of facilities. These were completed over several years and included ADA improvements, HVAC and electrical system upgrades and a long list of smaller repairs. The North Annex space acquisition for office and maintenance use was completed in 2008.