Construction to begin on two new neighborhood parks
A contractor working for Clark County Public Works has started construction on two new parks.
The Board of County Commissioners has awarded a $908,400 contract to Thompson Bros. Excavating Inc. of Vancouver to build Chinook Neighborhood Park in Salmon Creek and Dogwood Neighborhood Park north of Orchards.
For safety reasons, both construction sites are closed for public use. Parents should be especially mindful of the need to keep children out of construction areas, even when no construction is taking place.
Both parks should be completed this fall for the Greater Clark Parks District. The county has built 25 parks and 26 sports fields since voters approved the parks district in 2005. Construction was on hold in 2012 and 2013 because of a reduction in county revenue linked to the downturn in construction, home sales and property values.
Swimming and water safety in Clark County Parks
Summer and warm temperatures are here.
Swimming is allowed at several county parks, but only one park, Salmon Creek Regional Park-Klineline Pond, has certified lifeguards. Lifeguards are typically on duty at Klineline Pond from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, July 1 through Labor Day. More information >
County to upgrade or replace five bridges
Clark County will receive $4.1 million in federal funds to replace one bridge and upgrade four other crossings to withstand earthquakes.
Fifth Plain Creek Bridge, on Northeast 88th Street about a half mile east of Northeast Ward Road, is the last wood support bridge in the county’s inventory of 78 bridges. The bridge will cost an estimated $2.28 million to replace, with federal funds covering 80 percent of the cost.
The county will begin design work in 2013 and complete all five projects by the end of 2015. Permitting, environmental protections and other factors can affect construction schedules. More information >