New fields, trails, dog parks and parking lots are some of the new facilities featured in the Allan Yorke Park Master Plan, which the city of Bonney Lake approved at a city council meeting on Sept. 13.
The plan — estimated to cost more than $24 million over the course of four phases and about 10 to 20 years — was introduced to address community demand for more youth facilities in the city.
“We’ve never done a comprehensive master plan for our parks,” said Gary Leaf, project manager for the plan. “We’re really excited about this.”
At 45 acres, Allan Yorke Park was developed in 1976 and is located at the intersection of Bonney Lake Boulevard and West Tapps Highway. The plan divides the park into four sections: North Park, Central Park, South Park and East Park. Each section will receive its own improvements and additions.
A multiuse field, 330 by 195 feet with an overlapping little league field and surrounding chain link fences, will be installed in the North Park. A parking lot with 130 stalls will be implemented to accommodate visitors. A new dog park will be constructed and divided in half — one side for small dogs, the other for big dogs.
The main features are reconfiguration and expansion of our ball fields, including turf and lighting. We’re also looking to add in another restroom and playground.
Gary Leaf, project manager for the Allan Yorke Park Master Plan
The Central Park section will host the largest field in the park at 360 by 225 feet, with the existing picnic area expanded.
Instead of fields, the South Park section will focus on biking, and will feature a new BMX course complete with a dirt track, bleachers, staging area and parking, along with a mountain bike trail that weaves through the park’s wetlands. A community garden will also be constructed in this section.
The final section of park, East Park, features more parking, another multiuse field, a loop trail and boat trailer parking.
“The main features are reconfiguration and expansion of our ball fields, including turf and lighting,” Leaf said. “We’re also looking to add in another restroom and playground.”
Expansion of parking was one of the requests from locals, City Administrator Don Morrison said.
“When you get special events in there it gets really cramped,” Morrison said. “In the summer when you get a lot of people in the park, it does get really tight.”
Improvements to the park were first proposed in 2015 by city officials. Officials introduced the plan in April, which was created with the help of survey results collected from residents.
Initial construction will include at least one (field) expansion. Construction of phase one is under design (and) would start next year around summer and fall.
“The Council wanted to take a fresh look at the real estate and property addition (in Bonney Lake),” Leaf said. “Bonney Lake is growing quite a bit and our parks haven’t kept up.”
The city is currently working on an package for the first phase of construction.
“Initial construction will include at least one (field) expansion,” Leaf said. “Construction of phase one is under design (and) would start next year around summer and fall.”
Public responses to the plan have been positive, Leaf said, although there were some concerns from homeowners living near the eastern part of the park about noise of the field. The plan outlines a lowered grade of the field to minimize noise.
“We were able to incorporate some last minute public comments into the plan,” Leaf said. “The citizens who lived over there were very gracious in their comments. We did the best we could to mitigate the impact on those neighbors.”