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Torguson Park improvements on hold, for now
Planned improvements to North Bend’s Torguson Park have been put on hold for another year after the federal Recreation and Conservation Office announced funding for three projects from a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant in October. Torguson Park did not receive funding.
“This LWCF grant is crucial to our ability to complete this project,” said Mike McCarty, the city of North Bend’s senior planner. “We look forward to the day when we can welcome visitors to the improved park. Hopefully, we will have a better idea of when that will be by next year.” h Bend hopes to use a future grant to unify the park by building a gathering plaza and a recreational loop trail that encircles the youth baseball field and soccer field, as well as a spur trail that connects to the western pedestrian entrance at Torguson Park and the various park features.
The ball fields and other park features are not currently connected with any pathways or landscaped, giving the park an unfinished appearance. The project was designed to respond to community need for additional outdoor recreation opportunities.
“This is not the end of the story for Torguson Park,” said Hannah Clark, LWCF campaign director at Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. “Our congressional champions here in Washington are working hard to ensure LWCF can fund great projects like this, and we applaud them.”
They understand that investments in our outdoors create the high quality of life that makes communities livable and attractive.”
Lack of full funding for LWCF has created a huge backlog of unmet need. This year, nine unfunded projects, including Torguson Park, will move to next year’s funding list.
This year’s funded projects include the completion of the Missing Link at Point Defiance, pool renovation in the City of Chehalis, and preservation for Bothell’s last urban forest.