Blue areas, and the orange trails, are projects that will be constructed during Phase 1 of the park makeover. Yellow areas are projects to be completed in later phases. The pink area will be the future site of the BMX arena, which will be getting a concept sketch done during Phase 1. Image courtesy of the city of Bonney Lake.

Designer given the go-ahead to begin on Allan Yorke Park

Last week, the city of Bonney Lake signed the first of what may be several design contracts with Bruce Dees & Associates for the Allan Yorke Park makeover. The design contract was signed Feb. 7 and will cost the city $286,052 through 2018.

Last week, the city of Bonney Lake signed the first of what may be several design contracts with Bruce Dees & Associates for the Allan Yorke Park makeover.

For the last several months, ever since the City Council approved the park’s master plan last September, council members seemed to have trouble agreeing what Phase 1 would be.

They came to a decision on Jan. 17 to start Phase 1 of the Alan Yorke makeover with a new artificial turf field, a new parking lot and several trails in the south and south-eastern ends of the park.

The plan also includes the design of a BMX track in the same area.

The design contract was signed Feb. 7 and will cost the city $286,052 through 2018.

Special Project Manager Gary Leaf said the dollar amount for the Phase 1 design is a little bit more than estimated, because the artificial turf field, the parking lot and a restroom and concession stand were added to Phase 1 after originally being in the master plan’s Phase 2.

Leaf has said the price of these projects haven’t changed from what they are in the master plan, and that any changes in estimated price comes from moving projects between phases.

The cost of the contract with Bruce Dees & Associates does not include the cost of construction, which is estimated to being the cost up to approximately $3.39 million.

A rough timeline for projects was provided by the designer with the contract.

Bruce Dees & Associates plan to be working on the schematic design and permitting of the project for the rest of the month through the end of June.

The design development process is expected to start around March and end around May, with construction documents then being prepared from May to the end of June.

From there, the designer plans for the city to go out for bid for construction for a month, have the park under construction for four to five months and then take an additional month for the project closeout.

These dates are yet to be determined, because bidding and construction will only follow after all the permits are issued.

Leaf said the designer’s timeline may be too ambitious, and expects designing, permitting and bidding to be completed in 2017, and barring any significant permit issues, start construction by the end of the year and finish in 2018.

The BMX track is not a part of this process, and will only be going through a concept design. The schematic design, permitting, bidding and construction of the BMX area will happen in a later phase.

Leaf said the concept design may cost an additional $25,000 as the city and developer continue to get more input from potential users.


It was previously reported that the new parking lot being built would replace the old gravel boat trailer parking lot, which lies where the new artificial turf field will be installed.

Leaf clarified this development with Bruce Dees, and the parking lot being installed with the field will be mainly for field users and not for boat trailer parking.

“The boat trailers will need to either use this new parking around the ballfield or the old gravel lot next to Ballfield 4 (where the boat trailers used to park) until the new parking area is complete,” Leaf wrote in an email. “Adding the new boat trailer parking lot would have raised the construction cost of this package too much, and we would have had to remove the trails which are popular with the general public or some of the ballfield components (i.e. lighting).”


Unrelated to the Allan Yorke Park construction project, the metal slides at Allan Yorke and Cedar View Park were removed at the end of January.

According to Leaf, the manufacturer Play World issued a recall after welds failed on seven out of a total of 1,500 slides.

There was one injury – not in the city – so Play World is re-engineering the slides without welds, Leaf said.

Until the slides are replaced, parents and kids will notice a factory barrier has been installed where the slides used to be.

It is expected the replacement slides will be installed before summer at no cost to the city.

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