Representatives from Axe Bat try out the newly resurfaced main baseball field at Hogan Park at Russell Road on Tuesday. The city converted the main field at the park, 24400 Russell Road, to synthetic turf from grass for year-round use. Kent city officials will celebrate the improvements at a grand re-opening March 10. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Representatives from Axe Bat try out the newly resurfaced main baseball field at Hogan Park at Russell Road on Tuesday. The city converted the main field at the park, 24400 Russell Road, to synthetic turf from grass for year-round use. Kent city officials will celebrate the improvements at a grand re-opening March 10. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Kent plans Grand Reopening of Hogan Park

New synthetic turf replaces grass field

  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 3:57pm
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Kent city officials will celebrate the Grand Reopening of Hogan Park at Russell Road from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 10.

The city converted the main field at the park, 24400 Russell Road, to synthetic turf from grass for year-round use.

Families, athletes and park lovers can check out the all-weather turf. Mayor Dana Ralph will lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by demonstrations of the multiple sports that will be playable at the field. Previously a baseball and softball field, now in addition to those sports soccer, flag football, rugby and lacrosse can all be played at the park.

The city paid for the project with $962,000 from the parks capital improvement fund (mostly from the real estate excise tax of 0.50 percent on all property sales), a $750,000 grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office and a $25,000 donation from the Kent Lions Club. The city’s capital fund also will cover the state sales tax of about $173,000 on the contract to Snohomish-based Premier Field Development.

Crews installed a pad under the turf at a cost of about $183,000 to enhance player safety and increase the life-cycle of the field.

Premier Field Development has installed numerous synthetic turf fields across the state, including projects at Kentridge and Kentwood high schools.

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