News Around the Valley: Skate park delay; expanded train rides

Torguson skate park renovation update

Recent wet weather is slowing progress on some of the remaining skate park components that are being renovated at the skate park at Torguson Park. These include the installation of pathways, stairs and landscaping. However, the park is close to completion.

Work is weather dependent, and it is too wet to currently complete. The saturated grounds of the park need to dry before work can resume. Si View Parks encourages residents to wait to use the skate park until construction is fully complete.

The renovation of the Torguson skate park will expand and replace the former 6,000 square foot facility with a new 13,000 square foot facility with elements for all skill levels. The project broke ground in early 2020 and is being built by Seattle-based skate park company Gridline.

All aboard at North Bend

For the first time, Northwest Railway Museum is offering winter train rides departing from North Bend. Rides through the upper Snoqualmie Valley will begin on Jan. 16.

The winter ride still includes views from the Snoqualmie Falls.

North Bend lane closures

Two-week overnight lane closures along North Bend Way began on Jan. 12. Puget Sound Energy is working on underground overhead power and communication lines along a section of the road near the new Park Street roundabout. Work will occur on East North Bend Way between the North Bend Motel and QFC. Work will occur overnight between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

A message from Mt Si Athletics

Mt Si High School’s Director of Student Activities Chris Hill released the following statement on school sports:

“On January 6, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board announced a revision to Season 1 sports in response to new state guidelines surrounding COVID-19 and return to play for athletics. These revisions including moving traditional fall sports to Season 1, which would begin on February 1. The WIAA gave individual schools/leagues/regions the option to move any sport/season as necessary depending on their local health department recommendations. With our region still experiencing a higher number of positive cases, athletic directors from Kingco made the decision to postpone the Season 1 start date to March 1. We will still continue sport-specific practices, and continue to share information as we move forward. Thank you for your patience, we hope to get our student-athletes competing as soon as safely possible!”