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Ravensdale Park makeover brings versatile synthetic sports fields to growing community

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Play ball! King County Parks, partners and residents celebrate new multi-sport fields at Ravensdale Park that are now open to the public.

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Grand opening celebration for the new multi-sport fields at Ravensdale ParkSoutheast King County residents have more places to play close to home, thanks to the addition of two lit multi-sport synthetic fields at Ravensdale Park near Maple Valley.

On May 21, King County Parks, the Ravensdale Park Foundation (RPF) and the City of Maple Valley, hosted a dedication ceremony of the completely redeveloped property, which has undergone more than four years of work.

King County Parks’ Community Partnerships and Grants Program and the City of Maple Valley each provided $2 million in funding toward the project, in addition to more than $1 million in funds, in-kind services and other resources provided by the RPF.

The completely redeveloped Ravensdale Park along Southeast Kent Kangley Road now features:

•    Two lit multi-sport synthetic fields;
•    A new synthetic infield for the baseball field;
•    A new synthetic soccer field;
•    An indoor baseball training facility; and
•    New restrooms, parking lot, a maintenance building and a community meadow.

The May 21 dedication ceremony featured comments from King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Maple Valley Mayor Bill Allison, Washington State Representative Chad Magendanz, Tahoma School District Athletic Director Tony Davis, Ravensdale Park Foundation board members Rob Nist and Scott Serpa, and King County Parks Partnership and Enterprise Section Manager Jessica Emerson.

“The redevelopment of Ravensdale Park is a prime example of what happens when people come together to works towards a common goal,” said Councilmember Dunn, who represents the unincorporated community of Ravensdale.  “Our goal for this project was simple, increase recreational opportunities for the residents of Southeast King County.  This park serves those needs with state of the art sport fields and facilities that will serve residents in the surrounding communities for year to come.”

“This project has shown what can be accomplished when everybody comes together for the common good,” Nist said. “Thousands of volunteer hours later, we are reopening the Ravensdale Park, and the families of our community now have an elite park at which to gather and enjoy for many years to come.”

“Ravensdale Park Foundation is very proud of the way many organizations came together to construct a park that rivals any in our state,” Serpa said. “Lots of blood, sweat and tears went into this project and as we approach completion, it was all worth it. The park provides a quality environment to enjoy sports and recreation, along with boosting the area's economy.”