Aberdeen begins process to remove birch trees at Sam Benn Park

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The City of Aberdeen will begin removing the birch trees along the Memorial Walk in Sam Benn Park this week. Parks Director Karl Harris said earlier this year "We'll be replacing the trees, the Birches that are old and diseased, putting an ADA sidewalk along here. Our current plan is to lower the slope up so that we have nice easy access, we'll [also] have dedicated parking along there.
Harris said we can expect construction at the park through 2015, as the City will be replacing the trees along a new Memorial Walk, adding parking, installing ADA sidewalks, making and improvements to the tennis courts, and building the sitting area below the tennis courts that was dedicated this summer as the "Liz Preble Court" in honor of a long time member of the Parks Board.

Aberdeen begins phase 2 of Sam Benn Park restoration project

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The City of Aberdeen will formally break ground on their second phase of the Sam Benn Park Restoration project this Wednesday.
This $227,000 project will repair cracks and install a new coating over the tennis courts, install ADA sidewalks, as well as sitting areas adjacent to, and below, the tennis courts. Parks Director Karl Harris tells us the sitting area below the tennis courts will officially be named "Liz Preble Court" in honor of a long time member of the Parks Board.

Funding for this project will come from the Recreational Conservation Office (RCO), Real Estate Excise Taxes (REET) and City crews.

Harris added that they will be replacing the sidewalk and trees along the Memorial Walk in addition to adding new parking along the roadway. The Memorial Walk project was scheduled to begin this summer but had to be postponed to next year due to scheduling conflicts. - Both of these projects are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2014.