Luke Jensen Sports Park opened Saturday, March 17 for Little League play
Work to continue on final portions of project; formal dedication set for June 16
Heath Henderson, Public Works
Vancouver, WA – The Luke Jensen Sports Park is nearly complete. Salmon Creek Little League, one of the primary users, will hold its opening ceremonies Saturday.
In coming months, Clark County’s contractor, Thompson Brothers Excavating Inc., is scheduled to finish final items on the $9.1 million project, on a 20-acre site along Northeast 78th Street in Hazel Dell.
Salmon Creek Little League will hold opening ceremonies for its 2012 season at 10 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine. The league has provided private funding to install scoreboards for two fields and lighting for one.
County Commissioner Steve Stuart will be on hand Saturday to throw out the “first pitch.”
Clark County and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation are planning a more formal dedication and community celebration, which is tentatively scheduled for June 16.
Work yet to be completed includes:
• Adding an elevator and completing the second floor to the restroom/concessions building.
• Installing drainage systems for two grass fields.
• Planting landscaping and finishing other aesthetic details.
“We are working cooperatively with our contractor to finish planned work items and final details to ensure the park is ready for our community to use and enjoy for decades to come,” said Heath Henderson, engineering and construction manager for Clark County Public Works.
Once completed, the sports park will feature:
• A large synthetic turf field with scoreboards, lights, dugouts, bullpens and batting cages that can be used for a variety of organized sports.
• Two natural grass baseball/softball fields.
• Two smaller synthetic turf fields for T-ball and soccer.
• A restroom/concessions building with upstairs meeting space.
• A playground, tables, benches and other amenities.
• Parking lots and a new access road between Northeast 78th and 82nd streets.
The park is named for Luke Jensen, a student at nearby King’s Way Christian Schools who died from leukemia in May 2010.
Funding for the project is from property taxes collected by Greater Clark Parks District and real estate excise taxes, which are collected whenever property is sold.
For more information on Luke Jensen Sports Park, visit the project’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/parks-recreation/parks_trails/parks/lukejensen.asp.