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Richland's Claybell Park Gets $1.5 million Facelift

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A popular Richland park is ready for its grand reopening after getting a $1.5 million facelift.

After just about a year of planning, designing and then construction, the new and improved Claybell Park is almost complete.

Two brand new multi-sport fields won't be ready for use until this spring. The grass seed hasn't fully grown in yet. They'll be used for football, lacrosse and soccer. 

South Richland is currently home to only one field like that and the constant wear and tear requires new sod almost every year. 

Another big improvement? A brand new bathroom facility.

"We did the first improvements out here in 1981 and the residents didn't want bathrooms out here because they thought it might bring in too many people. But this park has grown and so many people are using it. Now the neighborhood is really crying for a bathroom so it's a huge improvement to the park," said Senior Park Planner, Dave Bryant.

The park's baseball field was also renovated and four brand new tennis courts are also there now. The massive expansion will be formally unveiled at a park re-opening ceremony on Thursday morning at 10 a.m.