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JUST ASK SHANE: Why are They Cutting Down the Trees at Randall Park?

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YAKIMA, WA - A viewer wants to know what's going on at one of the city's most popular parks.  Kathleen sent me an email asking, "Why is the Yakima Parks & Rec Department cutting down the trees around the pond at Randall Park?"

Kathleen, I talked with Parks and Rec this week, and this is all part of some major renovations planned for the park over the next two years.  Crews will be dredging the pond, and Southwest Rotary is planning to build a new observation deck along the edge of the pond.

The trees were taken down because they were decades old and were potentially dangerous.  They will be planting some new trees as part of the project.  They also plan to build a new restroom, to re-pave the parking lots and walkways, and possibly add some new picnic shelters.

"Citizens in the Yakima Valley rated Randall Park as their 2nd most favorite park, only behind Franklin Park, so we know a lot of people love this park.  They come here every day to walk, to exercise, to play basketball.  So we know they love this park, and we want to make it better for them," said Ken Wilkinson, Yakima Parks & Recreation Director.

The department is using $150,000 in anonymous donations for the project, and they're cautiously optimistic they'll also get a $500,000 grant from the state this year.  All told, they plan to spend close to $1 Million on the renovations that should be complete by the summer of 2017.

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