Saint Edward Planning – Ballfield Improvements
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is considering a proposal from the City of Kenmore to lease and renovate the existing ballfield at Saint Edward State Park.
The lease would allow the City to renovate the park’s historic grass ballfield into two new ballfields and operate them. Proposed renovations include designs for two Little League fields, two youth soccer fields, one full-size soccer field or one full-size cricket field. The proposed field design includes perimeter field lighting, a porous concrete walking path, backstops, dugouts, covered bleachers and additional parking.
The City originally requested a lease from State Parks in 2015. During the environmental review for that request, issues raised about impacts to the environment, traffic, parking, and recreation led both the State Parks Commission and the Kenmore City Council to decide that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be needed, in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
An EIS will analyze the elements of the environment that could be impacted by the proposal. It will also provide a range of ballfield design alternatives and identify additional mitigation measures to offset impacts. The EIS will inform both the State Parks Commission decision on a long-term lease, as well as any potential future City decisions. On June 11, 2019, the City and State Parks executed a Memorandum of Understanding, which identifies State Parks as the SEPA lead agency for the EIS process. For more information about what an EIS is, follow this link: https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/SEPA/Environmental-review/SEPA-guidance/Guide-for-lead-agencies/Environmental-impact-statements
THE EIS PROCESS:
Once an agency has determined an EIS is necessary in order to consider a decision on a proposal, the next step is a formal “public scoping” process. The purpose of scoping is to narrow the focus of the EIS analysis to just those elements of the proposal that are likely to have significant impacts. SEPA rule list "elements" of the natural and built environment that should be considered when looking at potential impacts of a proposal. These elements include (but are not limited to) water and air quality, plants, animals, recreation, cultural and historic resources, traffic and public safety. Scoping will help staff narrow which of these elements the EIS analysis should focus on. For example, if the proposal is not anticipated to have impacts to public safety, staff will focus the draft on analyzing public safety impacts and instead focus analysis on impacts that have been identified, such as impacts to recreation or animals. The result of this effort will be a draft EIS that is concise and relevant to informing the public and decision makers about the project’s potential impacts as well as the possible alternatives and mitigation measures.
Scoping for an EIS is a public process. This is for two reasons: 1) it provides members of the public who may be unaware of the project an opportunity to learn about it, and 2) it gives the public an opportunity to comment on impacts, alternatives, or mitigation measures that may not have yet been thought of and could improve the project. The Scoping process for this project began on August 1, 2019 with the issuance of a SEPA Determination of Significance
A scoping meeting was held on August 13, 2019 at the City of Kenmore City Hall. The public was encouraged to attend and learn more about the proposal and provide comment on potential impacts, potential alternatives and possible mitigation opportunities.
The comment period for the scoping portion of the EIS will continue until 5:00 p.m. August 30, 2019 and can be done via one of the following methods:
- Online Provide Comment button below
- Attn: Jessica Logan, Washington State Parks, Post Office BOX 42650, Olympia WA 98504-2650
- Email: Jessica Logan
Once the EIS has been drafted it will be made available for public review. State Parks will hold an additional meeting to discuss the contents of the Draft, what has been learned, and solicit feedback. The public meeting will include time for public testimony and comments specific to the content of the analysis. Updates on the progress of the EIS can be found here. Draft completion and meeting information will be provided via email notification, public signage, new release, and this web page. If you would like to be included on our mailing list please contact Jessica Logan though email@example.com
For additional information on the history of this project as well as a comprehensive list of the studies and reports that have been conducted please go to City’s website: http://www.kenmorewa.gov/athletic-field-saint-edward
- 01-Kenmore Ballfield Proposal SEPA DS
- 02-WSPRC and City of Kenmore SEPA Lead Agency Agreement for Ballfields 2019
- 03-City of Kenmore Lease Application
- 04-SEPA Environmental Checklist Attachment 1
- 05-SEPA Environmental Checklist Attachment 1
- 06-SEPA Environmental Checklist Attachment 1
- 07-Drawings Civil Plans Attachment 2
- 08-Drawings Mitigation Plan Attachment 2
- 09-Drawings Landscape Plans Attachment 2