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Island Crest Park Sports Field Reopening Ceremony

Mar 14, 2018 - ​The City of Mercer Island was pleased to formally re-open the varsity field at Island Crest Park today (Wednesday, March 14), with a brief ceremony at 3:30pm hosted by Mayor Debbie Bertlin immediately preceding the first varsity baseball game to use the new facility.

The 2.4 acre multi-sport field is now 100-percent synthetic turf and has new, highly-efficient LED lighting and a deluxe scoreboard donated by the Mercer Island Baseball Booster Club.  The field contains natural cork infill and a new drainage system, guaranteeing year-round play. The new field also has a high-performance, shock absorbing foam pad beneath the surface of the turf, making it more durable for varsity sports.

This project began as a relamping effort that expanded to become a complete field rehabilitation following the receipt of a $500,000 grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, with assistance from State Rep. Tana Senn, who also lives on the Island. Thanks to the support of King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, the project also received $70,000 from King County’s Youth and Amateur Sports Grant fund. The Mercer Island Community Foundation and Mercer Island Rotary Club also helped fund this project as a community priority. 

“This simply would not have been possible without incredible support from the community, and I’m excited to see this day arrive. What a team effort!” said Paul West, Parks Superintendent.

The City needed to raise another $150,000 in community matching funds, and was honored by the wide range of supporters, who ultimately gathered $160,000 in donations:
  • Mercer Island School District, Mercer Island Football Club, Nowland Premier Soccer Association, and the Mercer Island Baseball Booster Club all contributed early.
  • A group of parents, including the following, led the final funding push: Wendy Weiker, Melissa Neher, Alison Stovall, Jodi McCarthy, Tom Gallagher, Hilary Benson, Sarah LeClerq, Becky Shaddle, Sophy Yang, Laurie Givan, and Brian Thomas. 
  • The Boys and Girls Club football program, the Football Booster Club, and the Mercer Island Cross Country Track Club all donated, as did many businesses: Key Bank, Mercer Island Pediatrics, Microsoft, MI Athletic Club, Dollar Development, Brotherton Cadillac, Centurylink, and Comcast.
The City greatly appreciates all supporters, and a donor recognition plaque will be mounted on the field house later this spring.

Learn about the project, or view the ceremony program.
Contact Paul West, Parks Superintendent, for more information.


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