If Buckley gets a $75,000 Recreation Conservation Office grant, a new basketball court will feature the White River Hornet colors and logo, as well as bleachers and lights. Image courtesy the city of Buckley

If Buckley gets a $75,000 Recreation Conservation Office grant, a new basketball court will feature the White River Hornet colors and logo, as well as bleachers and lights. Image courtesy the city of Buckley

Buckley hoping grant application will help build basketball, pickle ball courts

They city hopes the grant money will help the court be painted in Hornet colors, as well as feature the high school’s logo.

The city of Buckley is looking to get a little sportier in the near future.

During its July 28 meeting, the city council approved a resolution allowing Buckley to submit a grant application for a brand-new multi-sport court, to be located between state Route 410 and the skate park, alongside the climbing rocks.

“It’ll be a full-sized basketball court, and, going the other way, we can put up portable pickle ball nets,” said Kevin Caviezel, Buckley’s community services director. “Also attached to it is going to be a smaller practice court with an 8-foot hoop for smaller kids to shoot on.”

A 10-foot fence will be erected between the courts and the highway, to make sure “things don’t go too far out that way,” Caviezel continued.

The grant the city is applying for comes from the Washington state Recreation Conservation Office; the city already has $85,000 in its budget for the project, and is asking the RCO for an additional $75,000, for a grand total of about $160,000.

Caviezel said the city doesn’t need the grant to build the court — the $85,000 will cover a concrete surface, the hoops, and fencing.

However, the RCO grant would allow extra amenities like lights, bleachers, the pickle ball nets, and — maybe most exciting — a rubberized court surface in the colors of the White River School District, with the Hornet logo in center court.

“I was very excited when I heard about the application being submitted for the grant,” WRSD’s Athletic Director Chris Gibson wrote in a letter to RCO in support of the project. “Your assistance in this project will leave a legacy for generations to come.”

The grant application Buckley already submitted was the preliminary application, and the final application is due Aug. 10.

Being submitted with that final application are letters from the community similar to Gibson’s.

“We’re having kids write letters in support, too,” Caviezel said. “They really like to see the community’s behind this.”

If you are interested in submitting a letter of support for the project, you can email Caviezel at kcaviezel@cityofbuckley.com by Aug. 10.

There will be other ways you can contribute to the project as well, like a “brick fundraiser” where donors can have their names inscribed into a brick on the west side of the court. Revenue raised through the fundraiser will supplement the grant money coming from the RCO, just in case the department doesn’t approve the full $75,000 ask.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the bricks,” Caviezel said, adding that the fundraiser will start in the fall.

While the final grant application is due early August, the RCO likely won’t pick what projects it will fund until 2021, and the city is hoping construction can begin in that summer. A May presentation of the project to the city council noted a potential opening date of August or September.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Blotter bug
Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Nov. 16 – 23

A fake $100 bill, a gravel spill, and multiple commitments to St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Enumclaw council chambers. File photo
Enumclaw council moves on property tax, utility increases as part of ‘21 budget

Natural gas and garbage disposal services received a bump in rates.

book cover
Former EHS student pens first book of poetry

Additionally, the Unknown Poets Society is hosting a poetry competition, with a writer’s retreat as the top prize.

Jackson's on Cole Street had to close temporarily due to staffing shortages. It was planning to open up again when Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all restaurants to stop indoor dining for four weeks. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Enumclaw’s downtown economy threatened by restaurant closures

Will outdoor dining and take-out orders be enough to keep local restaurants open?

The current Enumclaw section of the Foothills Trail ends at the historic Boise Creek Bridge. That will be the end of the line until a bridge across the White River is added, a step not expected until perhaps 2023. Photo by Kevin Hanson
County close to opening new section of Foothills Trail to Boise Creek

Unfortunately, the construction of the pedestrian bridge that will cross the White River has been delayed to 2023.

A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo
King County settles $2 million dog bite lawsuit

The county agreed to pay $100,000 after being sued after a 2016 K-9 unit arrest.

Contributed by the Society for Conservation Biology 
A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.
Study: 65 plant species have gone extinct in U.S., Canada

More than 65 species of plants have gone extinct in the U.S.… Continue reading

file photo
COVID-19 continues spreading at a breakneck pace

Every person infected with COVID appears to be passing the disease along to 1.5 people on average.

Flaming Geyser is one of the several state parks in proximity to the Plateau that you can visit for free on Jan. 1 and 18. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks
Free Park Days in 2021 start in January

The first free days are Jan. 1 and 18.

Most Read