According to a Verdant announcement, the six capital projects include a turf playfield in Mountlake Terrace, a community health clinic in Lynnwood, and outdoor fitness zones in Edmonds.
The money will be provided through Verdant’s Building Healthy Communities Fund, and is aimed at capital projects that make a lasting impact, the announcement said. The six applications selected include:
- $2.5 million to fund a joint project between Community Health Center of Snohomish County (CHC), Swedish Pain Clinic, and Evergreen Recovery Center to provide integrated pain management and recovery services co-located at a new facility that will be built adjacent to the current CHC clinic in Edmonds.
- $1 million to replace the existing dirt Evergreen Playfields in the City of Mountlake Terrace with synthetic turf allowing for multiple physical activity uses and updated lighting.
- $1 million to support the build-out of a new Sea Mar Community Health Center clinic in Lynnwood that will include medical, dental, and behavioral health services. TheApprox $1 million commitment is contingent upon Sea Mar identifying additional funding sources.
- Approximately $360,000 to purchase a new mobile dental vehicle that will allow Medical Teams International to expand its current services in South Snohomish County. The three portable dental operatories will offer Medical Teams more flexibility while setting up mobile clinics in community locations.
- $170,000 to support the installation of two outdoor fitness zones in two parks in the City of Edmonds — Mathay-Ballinger Park and Edmonds Civic Park. Each park will place 8-12 pieces of durable equipment to enhance opportunities for residents to be active.
- $47.000 to fund the design and construction of an expanded walking trail and purchase of circuit exercise equipment at Deer Creek Park in the Town of Woodway.
“On behalf of all commissioners, we are so happy to be able to provide this support and partner on these projects,” said Verdant Health Commission Board President Deana Knutsen. “This is exciting work that will address a variety of our community’s health needs.”
Verdant said it has prioritized investing in projects that serve the community’s highest needs, like access to health care services. This includes making it easier for residents to making healthy choices and be seen by health care providers in settings that include primary care, specialty care, dental care, mental health care, and substance use prevention and treatment. Decreasing the childhood obesity rate is also a priority, and Verdant has engaged in this work in multiple ways, including through youth activity programs and walking paths.
Learn more about Verdant at verdanthealth.org.