Hazel Miller Foundation announces $1.5 million award for Civic Field redevelopment

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    Officials celebrating the Hazel Miller Foundation donation on the current Civic Field site, from left: Tom Mesaros, President, Edmonds City Council; Jack Loos, Secretary, Hazel Miller Foundation Board of Directors; Dave Earling, Edmonds Mayor; Diana White, Chair, Hazel Miller Foundation Board of Directors; Carrie Hite, Director, City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services; Pat Shields, Vice-Chair, Hazel Miller Foundation Board of Directors; Patrick Doherty, Director, City of Edmonds Community Services/Economic Development; Dave Johnson, Assistant Director, City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

    The Hazel Miller Foundation on Monday announced that it is donating $1.5 million to support the redevelopment of Civic Field in downtown Edmonds.

    The announcement was made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, who presented a ceremonial check for the grant funds at Civic Field to City of Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department.

    “This is wonderful news for our entire community that deserves to be celebrated,” says City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite.

    “Acquiring this beloved property in the heart of downtown Edmonds and securing it for our community’s use has been a top priority for the city and a part of this City’s Comprehensive Plan since the 1980s,” Hite said. The Hazel Miller Foundation’s grant award, coupled with $2 million that Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling has requested as part of the proposed 2018 city budget, “provides the beginning critical support to achieving this community goal.”

    Established as a trust by Edmonds philanthropist Hazel Miller, the Hazel Miller Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to serving the citizens of Edmonds and South Snohomish County.

    “The Hazel Miller Board is pleased to partner with the city to create something truly special in the heart of Edmonds,” said Hazel Miller Board of Director Member Dick Ellis. “Hazel Miller loved Edmonds. The vision for a new Civic Park would be something she’d be proud of.”

    “The City of Edmonds is incredibly grateful for the generous support of the Hazel Miller Foundation in supporting the Civic Field project and so many others in our community,” Earling said. “We hope this impressive gift, as well as my requested $2 million in the city budget for Civic Field’s redevelopment, will inspire others in our community to also step forward and support this legacy project for our city and region.”

    Anyone interested in contributing to the Civic Field project can contact Carrie Hite at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department.

    Next steps in the Civic Field redevelopment process include pursuing state and county grants as well as private donations to support what is anticipated to be an approximately $10 million to $12 million project. The city plans to demolish the stadium stands in January 2018 and begin the design development process, with the hope that building the new community space can begin by 2019-2020.

    The final design plan for Civic Field.

    The City of Edmonds purchased the 8-acre site from the Edmonds School District for $1.9 million in 2016, after using it with the district’s permission for more than 40 years. The city then initiated a community planning process to develop a long-term plan for the property, with citizens providing significant input into the Master Plan design.

    The Edmonds City Council approved that final plan in March 2017.

    Anyone interested in contributing to the Civic Field project can contact Carrie Hite at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department.

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