Early darkness, muddy potholes and rained-out practices will soon be a relic of the past at Evergreen High School. King County Parks just announced a $200,000 grant to pay for lighting at the new turf field.
The school’s dreamed-of synthetic turf field now has the funding to become reality. The latest grant is in addition to a $250,000 grant King County Parks awarded last year and another a $250,000 grant from the Seahawks, the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
“In many ways, the community of White Center and our scholar-athletes attending Evergreen and Cascade will significantly benefit from the facility improvements on campus thanks to these generous grants by King County and the Seahawks,” Highline Public Schools Athletic Director Phil Willenbrock said.
The new turf field project will give Highline’s north end community better access to team sports and physical activities. In the past, Evergreen’s boys and girls soccer programs have traveled offsite for practice. Now with a field of their own, athletes can stay on their own campus. This means less time after school travelllng and more time and flexibility for after-school meetings with teachers and homework.
The field will have lines for football and soccer, with full end zones. The new turf field will replace the grass football practice field, and be constructed inside the existing track. The project will include space for track events, such as long jump, high jump, javelin and shot put, adjacent to the track. This layout makes the most efficient use of space and fills multiple needs for students and community organizations.
Excavation is scheduled to begin mid-July. The field is expected to open in late fall 2019. The new field will serve Evergreen High School and Cascade Middle School athletics. It will also be available for the White Center community to use outside of school hours and practices.