Little Rhody Park comes to fruition

May 1, 2014

The first person to officially climb the stairs of Little Rhody Park’s new playground was, surprisingly, not a child.

It was Corin Carper, one of the neighbors who volunteered his time to help build the community’s new slide and play structure at an April 12 work party.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Neighborhood volunteers and city staff construct the new Little Rhody Park playground April 12.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Neighborhood volunteers and city staff construct the new Little Rhody Park playground April 12.

Carper has children that will benefit from the new playground, but they will never get to say they were the first ones on it.

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Little Rhody Park Playground Construction

April 24, 2014

Lake Boren Park playground reopens just in time for summer

July 1, 2011

It was love at first sight at the Lake Boren Park playground ribbon cutting ceremony June 16. Every inch of the new structure seemed to be occupied by a smiling child eager to explore the new climbing, spinning and sliding toys at his or her disposal.

Children play on the Lake Boren Park playground.

The modernized merry-go-round was among the most popular features at the Lake Boren Park playground ribbon cutting June 16. A $325,000 state grant funded the playground. By Tim Pfarr

The new playground was constructed this spring thanks to a $325,000 grant from the state, which was secured in 2010 by former state Sen. Randy Gordon. The playground opened to the public June 13, but hundreds showed up for the ribbon cutting, which followed the last day of school for students in the Issaquah School District. Read more

Light up the Newcastle night sky

July 1, 2011

Fireworks will light up the night sky over Lake Boren Park at 10 p.m. July 4. By Kaylen Kinney

Don’t miss the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration at Lake Boren Park. The festivities start at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

The evening will include music from Seattle band Shelley and the Curves, and food vendors. The new playground will be open for children.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket to spread on the grass.

Lake Boren Townhomes contributed $10,000 to sponsor the event.

Playground ribbon cutting / June 16, 2011

June 17, 2011

Fourth of July fireworks set at Lake Boren

June 3, 2011

Details emerging for Newcastle Days

UPDATED — 10:50 a.m. June 29, 2011

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration in Lake Boren Park is a go this year, thanks to a $10,000 sponsorship from Lake Boren Townhomes, which opened in April on the north shore of Lake Boren. Resident Shel Neufeld also offered to match as much as $1,000 of contributions from local businesses for the event.*

This year’s celebration in the park will include music from Seattle cover band Shelley and the Curves, food vendors and — of course — a lot of fireworks to light up the twilight sky.

The celebration starts at 6 p.m. with fireworks starting at 10 p.m. Don’t forget a blanket. The new playground will be open for children in attendance.

“We are extremely excited to be part of the Newcastle community and are happy to do what we can to keep the celebration going,” Lake Boren Townhomes developer Claudio Guincher said in a news release. “Future homeowners will have a front row seat to the fireworks celebration. This is something we want them to be able to enjoy for years to come.”

Mayor John Dulcich said he was very grateful for the contribution from the developer.

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Lake Boren playground closed for construction

April 1, 2011

The Lake Boren Park playground closed March 14 for construction.

After city crews demolished the old playground, City Manager Rob Wyman signed a contract with Enumclaw-based Maroni Construction to build the new playground, which is to be completed by June 8.

The new playground is slated to expand to the north and east, and include two separate play areas: one for children 2-5 years old and another for children older than 5. The design calls for a concrete pathway to separate the play areas.

The existing swings were in good condition and were not removed.

The design also calls for the backless, concrete seating areas to be replaced with benches, and for picnic tables to be placed along with benches and a sandbox in a concrete plaza in the southeast corner of the playground.

The floor of the playground itself will contain cedar chips.

The playground will be funded by a $325,000 grant from the state.

Lake Boren playground closed for construction

March 16, 2011

UPDATED — 2:10 p.m. March 16, 2011

The Lake Boren Park playground closed March 14 for construction. Most of the playground will be removed to make way for new equipment, and construction is expected to continue through June 30.

The new playground is slated to expand to the north and east, and include two separate play areas: one for children 2-5 years old and another for children older than 5. The design calls for a concrete pathway to separate the play areas, and for the current swings — which are in good condition — to not be removed or replaced.

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Mayor ensures city is OK in the state of the city address

March 4, 2011

Mayor John Dulcich delivered the annual state of the city address at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 9 luncheon.

During the speech, Dulcich also outlined the biggest achievements of 2010 — including the success of Newcastle Days — as well as the state of the city’s finances, major projects and outlook.

Financially, he said the city will be all right as long as the governing body is alert and responsible.

Mayor John Dulcich gives a state of the city address at the February meeting of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce. By Tim Pfarr

“We’re OK,” he said about the city’s finances. “The reality is, there’s a little water in the bilge, but we’re moving forward, and we’re not sinking, and we’re not on fire.

“I think that’s important,” he said.

Dulcich also gave an overview of the largest construction projects planned for the city this year.

In addition to the library — which is now being built — a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast.

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Registration open for Skyhawks summer camps

March 4, 2011

Registration is open for Skyhawks summer camps for children 5-12 years old.

Camps include golf, basketball, tennis, cheerleading and Mini-Hawk, which includes basketball, baseball and soccer.

Camps are five days each and range in price from $69 to $145. They will be held at Lake Boren Park, Renton Academy or Hazelwood Elementary School.

For the full list of camps, go to register.skyhawks.com, and enter your ZIP code. Call Newcastle Parks and Recreation at City Hall at 649-4444 or Skyhawks at 800-804-3509 toll free with questions.

Playground purchase made for Lake Boren Park

The City Council passed a resolution at its Feb. 1 meeting allowing city staff to purchase new play equipment for Lake Boren Park. The vote — 6-1 with Councilwoman Carol Simpson dissenting — allowed the city to forego the competitive bidding process to make the purchase.

The council authorized the move because manufacturer Highwire Inc. retained a low price it offered the city for the equipment last year. The city needed to purchase the equipment immediately to get the lower price.

The playground will be built this spring. A $325,000 state grant is funding the project.

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