The Richland Parks & Public Facilities Department has nearly completed substantial upgrades to the Leslie Groves Park sand volleyball courts. Upgrades include new nets and net standards, installation of a border around the sand perimeter, new sand for the playing surface, the addition of a net to prevent balls from going into the river, and an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand.
To kick-off the spring season and to celebrate the opening of the upgraded facility, the City of Richland, along with partner, Sandstorm Beach Volleyball, have planned an inaugural beach volleyball tournament, "Rally on the River". This will be a family friendly weekend event full of sunshine, sand, and friendly competition; all set along the beautiful Columbia River.
The event is scheduled for May 6th and 7th at 40 Park Street, Richland. Register your team now as slots are limited. Join the fun, check out the improvements, and play some GREAT volleyball! Register at www.evergreenregion.org/calendar/details/541
Saturday, May 6th | 9am
Juniors Doubles (Girls & Boys - no co-ed junior teams) - U12, U14, U16, U18
Sunday, May 7th | 9am
Adult Coed Doubles
Leslie Groves Park is a 149-acre park located along the Riverfront Trail in Richland, WA. Amenities include baseball fields, basketball court, boat dock/ramp, volleyball, picnic shelters, playgrounds and more. For more information about this park and other City of Richland amenities, visit www.richlandparksandrec.com.
Sandstorm Beach Volleyball is the only beach volleyball club in our region. Club activities were launched in spring of 2016. This non-profit aims to hone beach volleyball skills of female and male athletes ages 10-18. Emphasis is on team and skill building, competition, and fun. For more information visit www.sandstormbeachvb.com.
The City of Richland will host a ribbon cutting celebration to recognize the completion of the new Fitness Room located in the Richland Community Center.
The Richland Community Center Fitness Room was recently expanded and is now equipped with a four station Vectra weight machine, free weights, dumbbells, stationary bikes, two seated step machines, a row machine, an arm curl and a tri-cep extension machine. In addition, stability balls, a battle rope, kettlebells, band sets, jump ropes and a TRX machine round out this comprehensive work out facility.
The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at 500 Amon Park Drive and will include a brief ceremony, facility tours, and light snacks/beverages.
"This recent upgrade to our facility was made possible by the Richland Seniors Association (RSA) through support from their Building Fund," states Joe Schiessl, City of Richland Director of Parks & Public Facilities. "We appreciate their continued partnership and look forward to recognizing their dedication to this facility and steadfast volunteer efforts."
Use of the Fitness Room is available for registered adults, 16 and older, or children (13-15 only) with adult supervision. The fee is $2.00 per day.
The Richland Community Center is a state-of-the art public facility located on the perimeter of Howard Amon Park along the beautiful Columbia River. It boasts several meeting spaces available for rent, as well as amenities that support a robust recreation program. For more information regarding the Richland Community Center and the City of Richland, visit www.richlandparksandrec.com.
The Rachel Road Alignment Study Community Advisory Committee (CAC) alternative evaluation is complete. The public will have their first opportunity to review the process and results at a Wednesday, April 12 public open house.
The public is invited to stop by the Desert Hills Middle School Cafeteria (1701 S Clodfelter Road, Kennewick) anytime between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. Members of the project team and the CAC will be available to answer questions and receive input about this important project.
For those community members interested in the criteria and scoring that steered the alternative evaluation process, there will be more detailed presentations beginning at 6 and 7:30 pm.
"Feedback from this public meeting along with the results of the hard work of the CAC will inform our team's recommendation to Richland City Council regarding the potential future roadway connection between Leslie Road and new development east of the Amon Creek Natural Preserve (ACNP)," said The Langdon Group (TLG) Project Manager, Bryant Kuechle.
The open house will also provide the public an opportunity to comment on potential roadway design elements and ACNP enhancements for future implementation consideration.
The Rachel Road Alignment Study officially kicked off October 11, 2017 with the launch of the project webpage, www.ci.richland.wa.us/rachel, and the first CAC meeting. CAC membership includes representatives from a range of interests and perspectives, charged with helping determine how to maintain and potentially enhance the natural benefits of the ACNP while providing roadway connectivity and sufficient emergency access to a growing area of the community that includes a new Kennewick School District elementary school and numerous surrounding neighborhoods.
"Our goal in forming the CAC was to assemble a working group representing a diversity of community interests so that every member of the community feels confident that their interests are represented," said Kuechle.
The CAC met again in December following the Dec. 5 Public Open House, to refine criteria and potential alignment alternatives. The CAC assigned weight to each criteria and in February reviewed the results, made adjustments and reached agreement to take these results to the public for comment.
TLG, a division of J-U-B ENGINEERS, was hired by the City of Richland to manage this independent study. In spring 2017, TLG will present the recommendations from the study to Richland City Council.
Question or comments can be directed to Kuechle at 800-252-8929 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the project including background, schedule and materials from the Dec. 5 Public Open House, are available at www.ci.richland.wa.us/rachel.