The city of Kent has closed Morrill Meadows Park on the East Hill until December for renovations, including an improved and expanded playground. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

The city of Kent has closed Morrill Meadows Park on the East Hill until December for renovations, including an improved and expanded playground. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

City of Kent closes most of Morrill Meadows Park for renovations

Park to remain closed until December for expanded playground, new stage and more

The majority of Morrill Meadows Park in Kent is closed until December for the final phase of renovations.

City Parks Department staff closed the main parking lot, restrooms, shelter, field and playground on April 3 for construction. Temporary fences will go up before the work starts.

The trails, dog park, sport courts and other park features will remain open. Park users will need to utilize the shared Kent YMCA parking lot to access these amenities. The 21-acre park is at 10600 SE 248th St.

King County awarded a $500,000 grant to the city in 2022 for the work. The competitive grant program is part of the voter-approved 2020-2025 King County Parks Levy and seeks to assist eligible entities with open space acquisition, active recreation, passive recreation and local trails. In 2019, county voters overwhelmingly approved the Parks Levy which provides funding for parks and open space throughout the county.

The Morrill Meadows Park project is considered phase 2 of improvements by the city and includes replacement and expansion of the playground, a new nature play area, ADA accessibility upgrades, a stage for summer concerts and events and enhanced landscaping.

“Once completed, our residents will experience improved lawn space, an expanded playground with improved ADA access and new swings, a new nature play area, updated park furnishings and a permanent stage,” according to a Parks Department statement. “This work completes the final phase of improvements to Morrill Meadows Community Park, creating a top tier park for our residents to gather and play outdoors.”

In 2019, the city celebrated the grand opening of an improved Morrill Meadows Park, which combined with East Hill Park and included the adjoining, redesigned, relocated off-leash dog park.

The conversion of the two parks and dog area - replete with a dedicated parking area - completed a city-funded and grant-assisted endeavor that took years in the making. The park added a multi-sport court, new walking trails and pathways, open space, gathering spaces for picnics and community events and a dog park that features a separate section for small or shy dogs.

The amenities of the reshaped park integrated with the then-new YMCA - a two-story, 50,000-square-foot facility, giving city parks and Y staff the opportunity to work together to provide indoor/outdoor recreational activities and programs.

The city budgeted about $6.5 million to pay for those major improvements and changes at the park as well as for a new 250-spot parking lot, as part of its support for the YMCA coming to town. The city also paid about $2 million for frontage improvements along Southeast 248th Street, which included a three-lane road, new sidewalks and bike lanes and moving the overhead utilities underground.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentnews.us.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://kentnews.us/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

A map of the closed and open areas of Morrill Meadows Park, 10600 SE 248th St., during renovation work from now until December. COURTESY GRAPHIC, City of Kent

A map of the closed and open areas of Morrill Meadows Park, 10600 SE 248th St., during renovation work from now until December. COURTESY GRAPHIC, City of Kent

Sports courts will remain open this year at Morrill Meadows Park during renovations at other portions of the park. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Sports courts will remain open this year at Morrill Meadows Park during renovations at other portions of the park. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

More in News

t
Passenger turns out to be driver in crash that killed Kent woman

State Patrol reportedly determines new information in June 2 multivehicle collision in Seattle

t
Civil suit against Kent School District, board moves forward

Efforts continue to end resolution that excludes one board member from all labor contract talks

t
Firefighters put on special suits to stop chlorine gas leak in Kent

Leak stopped Wednesday, June 12 from tanks at city well on East Hill; nobody injured

Kentridge High School. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District
Weapon found Wednesday, June 12 at Kentridge High School

Campus put in lockdown during incident; principal says no direct threat to students or staff

t
Free summer meals to start June 24 in Kent School District

Meals available for children 18 and under at select schools, apartments, parks and community centers

Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. FILE PHOTO
Man faces assault charge after attack at Kent auto repair shop

Dispute over lack of payment for repairs reportedly led to man punching, kicking employee in head

t
Kent Police Blotter: May 28 to June 10

Incidents include robberies at Walgreens, 7-Eleven; assaults, shots fired

t
Kent School District's Class of 2024 high school graduates | Photos

Kent-Meridian, Kentlake, Kentridge, Kentwood, Kent Laboratory Academy graduated last weekend

Renton Police respond June 5 to a fatal shooting outside the Big 5 Sporting Goods store on South Grady Way. COURTESY PHOTO, Renton Police
Man charged in killing of Kent teen outside Renton sporting goods store

Off-duty security officer reportedly fired at least seven shots at Kent-Meridian High student

t
King County's MLK distinguished service award goes to Kent's Shamso Issak

Councilmember Dave Upthegrove selects Living Well Kent director for the honor

t
Renton man sentenced for 2021 murder in Kent parking lot

Receives 30-year sentence for shooting Avery Wilcox Jr.

Courtesy Photo, Kent School District
Kent School District receives clean state audit for 2022-2023

District in compliance with financial statements and activities, according to state auditor