Northwest NEWS

March 26, 2001


County offers

soccer fields to Bothell
   BOTHELL - King County Executive Ron Sims presented a $2.8 million check to the Bothell City Council last week that will go toward the construction of new soccer fields. The recreational facilities will be built on top of new underground wastewater storage facilities to be constructed next to the existing North Creek Pump Station. These new storage facilities are the first of several improvements for the north service area of King County's wastewater conveyance and treatment system.
   The $2.8 million - 10 percent of the total estimated construction costs for the storage facility - was set aside as mitigation money that is designated to help ease the negative impacts of the construction. The money will pay for athletic fields, lighting, and a restroom that will be built by the city of Bothell on top of the new wastewater storage facility.
   The North Creek Pump Station pumps wastewater from Bothell, Woodinville, and parts of Snohomish County - toward the Eastside Interceptor for conveyance to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.
   To help prevent sewage overflows under certain heavy storm conditions, the facility can reroute wastewater flows toward facilities with more capacity.
   The new storage facility will provide additional protection from overflows since it will store wastewater during storms until there is capacity available in the system. The soccer fields will be constructed on top of the large underground wastewater storage tanks now being designed for construction next to the North Creek Pump Station.