September 6, 1999
The sign along Big Rock Road reads "City of Duvall--Future Site of Sportsfield."
That future is starting to happen. Thanks to corporate donors, local volunteers, and city crew, the 9.7-acre parcel is under construction, according to Cecelia Boulais, grant coordinator for the city of Duvall.
The property was purchased by the city two years ago and annexed into the city last year. In April of 1998, King County Executive Ron Sims recommended $524,312 for youth sports grants to 16 organizations throughout the county. Among those was $49,971 requested by Duvall and Sno-Valley North Little League for clearing, grading, surface preparation, seeding, bases, and backstops for the sports field complex.
The city is partnering with the Snoqualmie Valley North Little League and the Sno-Valley Youth Soccer Association to build the facility for youth baseball and soccer. Community support is critical to the project, said Boulais.
Hertz Rental donated a trackhoe used to clear the boundary, she said. Erosion fence has been installed all the way around.
Boulais gave credit to Little League members Kent Dietz; Mim, Cody, and Kyle Vermeulen; Stan Bunker; Anthony, Ashleigh, and Matt Sanelli; and Deb Dickason and Bill Warner, who worked two weekends ago shoveling dirt on the bottom edge to key in the fencing.
Norm Cook Trucking and Excavating brought in a big trackhoe operated by Norm's son, Jason Cook. Jason started at one corner and by the end of the week had cleared and grubbed most of the parcel.
Boulais said there are still stumps to split, brush to rake, and piles of debris to grind and haul before the excavation can start. The hilly spots have to be leveled off to make a big, flat playing field.
At this stage, heavy equipment is a high priority. The city is soliciting donations of labor and equipment. Scrapers, dozers, and trucks are needed. Jerry Marlette of Duvall Public Works is coordinating activities on the site.
Big Rock Ballfield is for the kids of the whole community, said Boulais. While the volunteers were shoveling dirt, one of them was telling her children, "Every time we step on a ballfield, remember that someone else has been here before us and done the same thing we're doing. Now it's our turn."
Anyone who would like to offer to help should call Jerry Marlette at 788-3332.