A project envisioned for many years is about to become a reality thanks to a grant awarded by the Verdant Health Commission, the Edmonds School District announced Friday. The $2.5 million grant, spread over four years starting in 2014, will be applied to the first of three phases of the health and wellness campus project.
The former Woodway High building at 23200 100th Ave. W. in Edmonds is still used for multiple school programs, including Edmonds Heights K-12 and Scriber Lake High. The surrounding playfields also remain heavily used and sought after by community groups; improvements have been long envisioned.
“It is wonderful that these improvements will begin moving forward. These fields serve many community users in the Puget Sound Region,” Superintendent Nick Brossoit said. “We thank the city for partnering with us and commend them for applying for and being awarded state appropriations that will also contribute to the first phase.”
“The city is very excited about this opportunity and appreciates the partnership with the Verdant Health Commission, the Edmonds School District, and our District 21 and 32 Representatives in the State Legislature,” said Mayor Dave Earling. “Developing a multi-use recreational campus available to Edmonds residents and neighboring communities provides the opportunity that leads to greater levels of physical activity, promoting overall health and well- being and quality of life.”
The Verdant Health Commission invests in community programs in South Snohomish County that work to improve the health and well-being of the residents. Funded by Verdant’s Building Healthy Communities Fund, this project interested Verdant because of the opportunities it will create to expand the types of programs and activities available to the community, said Verdant Superintendent Carl Zapora.
“We are excited to be part of this project,” Zapora said. “This campus will offer people of all ages with a chance to be outside and active.”
The entire project, with all three phases, will cost around $12 million and eventually include a walking track, resurfaced tennis and basketball courts, four year-round multi-use turf fields with lights, concessions, and seating areas, the district said.