Luke Jensen Sports Park, Mount Vista rain gardens win top awards
Heath Henderson, Public Works
Vancouver, WA – Two Clark County projects have been recognized for excellence as Projects of the Year by the American Public Works Association’s Washington chapter.
Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 N.E. 78th St., took top honors in the structures category for projects between $5 million and $25 million.
Public Works built Luke Jensen Sports Park in partnership with Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation. The multipurpose facility offers an outdoor venue for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football.
The sports park has five fields, three with synthetic turf and two with natural grass. It can accommodate every level of play, from children’s T-ball to adult soccer on a field that meets Federation International Football Association (FIFA) requirements.
Mount Vista Rain Gardens won the environment category for projects less than $5 million.
Public Works and Environmental Services, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology, built 15 rain gardens in the Mount Vista area near Washington State University Vancouver.
Rain gardens provide a natural way to treat polluted storm runoff close to where rain hits the ground. Storm runoff flows directly into a rain garden, where plants and soil remove up to 90 percent of pollutants. Once treated, water infiltrates into the ground or discharges to storm drains.
“It’s always nice to have our peers recognize our work,” said Heath Henderson, engineering and construction manager for Public Works. “It’s even better watching kids enjoy Luke Jensen Sports Park, and knowing we are doing more to treat polluted storm runoff.”
These awards bring to five the number of Project of the Year honors Clark County has earned from the association since 2009. Previous winners were the Curtin Creek Enhancement Area in 2011, Buncombe Hollow Road Emergency Slide Stabilization in 2010 and Klineline Bridge Replacement in 2009.