Courtesy Photo, City of Kent

Courtesy Photo, City of Kent

Riverbend Driving Range reopens temporarily in Kent

Two phases of renovation complete; one remains

The city of Kent has reopened its Riverbend Golf Complex Driving Range for a limited time after the completion of the firsts two phases of three-phase renovation.

The first two phases of construction included replacing the artificial turf with natural grass, reshaping and leveling the range field, as well as expanding it out to Russell Road, installing new poles and nets, installing a new parking lot and putting in a raised crosswalk across Meeker Street.

The final phase of the renovation will include building renovations and the addition of 14 driving range stalls. Construction kicks off in a few weeks, but the driving range will remain open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until that work begins, according to the City of Kent Parks Department.

In February, the Kent City Council awarded a $2.3 million bid to Pacific-based ICON Materials for the Meet Me on Meeker Sidewalk and Riverbend Driving Range improvements, which is a combined project for Parks and Public Works.

The city received a $250,000 grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board to help pay for the project. The rest of the funds will come from the city’s business and occupation tax as well as some of the proceeds from the $10.5 million sale of the Riverbend par 3 golf course to the developer of the Ethos Apartments along West Meeker Street and across from the Riverbend 18-hole course.

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