An effort is underway to make improvements at the City of Yakima’s Miller Park, located at 4th Street and E Street.
The Miller Park basketball courts were recently resurfaced as a first step in the improvement project. Click http://ow.ly/7RQv50CJsnZ to watch a project update during the Yakima Parks & Recreation Commission’s meeting on Dec. 9, 2020.
The Yakima City Council has also included the project as one of its priorities for the 2021 state legislative session. Gov. Jay Inslee has set aside funds for Miller Park in his proposed budget.
The Miller Park Improvement Project was announced in September 2020. Community members, led by Bertha Alicia Garza, began the effort in conjunction with Yakima Parks and Recreation.
“We are asking the public to help us restore this essential northeast neighborhood park,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. “Our purpose is revitalize Miller Park as the heart of the community.”
With a fundraising target of $400,000 for improvements at Miller Park, the goals are to increase safety, health & recreation opportunities and a community gathering place for education, outreach and collaboration.
“Alone we can do little, but together we can move mountains,” said Garza.
Proposed park improvements include:
- New park pavilion, benches, tables and restrooms.
- Resurfacing, striping, updating four basketball courts and improving court lighting.
- Constructing walkways and paths
- Covering the performance stage area
- Adding a community information board
- Installing a playground
Donations can be sent to:
Yakima Valley Community Foundation
Miller Park Improvement Fund
111 University Parkway, Suite 102
Yakima, WA 98901
Miller Park was constructed in 1923 and sits on nearly four acres. It was Yakima’s first designated neighborhood park.
Visit https://restoremillerpark.org/ for more about the Miller Park Improvement Project.
Click https://yakimaparks.com/parks/miller/ for more about Miller Park.