Neighbors discuss Meadowdale Playfield renovations during open house

A Lynnwood Parks employee explains the project to two neighbors during Tuesday’s open house.

About a dozen neighbors met with a few Lynnwood staff members on Tuesday night to discuss renovation plans for the Meadowdale Playfields, located at 16700 66th Ave. W.

The playfields are currently made up of two dirt, rectangular multi-purpose fields and three softball fields with dirt infields and grass outfields. The renovation plans include turning the multi-purpose fields into artificial turf fields and converting the infields on the softball fields into turf fields as well. Outfields on the softball fields will remain natural grass.

Lines will also be added to the three softball fields to make them playable for youth baseball, according to the renovation plans. The multi-purpose fields will be set up for soccer, lacrosse and youth baseball, among others.

In total, once renovated, the Meadowdale Playfields would be able to host youth baseball games on five fields at a time.

“These fields have sat unused because of their condition,” Parks Superintendent Eric Peterson said. “We used to be loaded with youth tournaments, but it’s fallen off in recent years and this (renovation) will rejuvenate the field.”

Peterson said the fields were most used in the early to mid-1990s, and he would like to see that level of activity return to the complex.

The next phase for the project is for it to get construction permits and documents, which will begin in January. Bidding is expected to begin in April, with construction lasting from May through November 2017.

–Story and photo by Natalie Covate

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