New Operations & Maintenance Facility and Future Neighborhood Park
The City identified the need for the future relocation of the existing Public Works Operations & Maintenance Facility (located directly south of the City Hall) in 2010. It was envisioned that this relocation would also include the relocation of the City’s Parks and Facilities Operations Facility that is currently located at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road. The relocation would support the maintenance and operations of the City’s growing transportation, water, sewer, storm drainage, fleet maintenance, parks and facilities infrastructure.
In 2014, the former Trails End Arena property located on 79th Avenue in the Bush Prairie area was no longer in operation as an event center and was offered for sale. The property was considered and evaluated for its potential to become the future home for the Operations & Maintenance Facility. The City had also identified the need for a neighborhood park in the Bush Prairie area and the property was considered suitable for both purposes. The property includes a total of 22.4 acres, located on two separate parcels of land separated by Trails End Drive and was acquired by the City in the fall of 2014.
TCF Architecture was hired in 2016 to provide predesign and conceptual-level planning for the new Facility, including the development of alternative siting plans for the facility and the future neighborhood park. This effort resulted in the selection of a preferred siting plan.
The existing structures on the property were in poor condition and work completed as part of the predesign confirmed that the buildings were of no value for the future development of the site. In order to address safety and nuisance concerns of the City and the surrounding neighborhoods most of the structures on the property were removed in 2018. The two structures left remaining on the property will also be removed as part of the overall project.
The project is currently on hold pending the completion of the Bush Prairie Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that is currently in progress. The property is impacted by the presence of the Mazama Pocket Gopher and the actions necessary for permitting for the development of the property will be addressed in the HCP.
Planning and design work for the O&M Facility and the Neighborhood Park will resume after the HCP is completed. Community engagement in future planning and design work will be a major component of the project.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jay Eaton, Public Works Director, at 360-754-4140 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.