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Wayland receives $100,000 Wellmark grant

Through Wayland’s Wetlands project, the city’s West Park is being completely remodeled. The city recently received a $100,000 Wellmark Grant for Phase 2 of its project. The city plans to construct a half-mile trail which will loop seven times around the park as part of Phase 2. Construction will begin later this year or next spring depending on weather. (Union file photo)
Through Wayland’s Wetlands project, the city’s West Park is being completely remodeled. The city recently received a $100,000 Wellmark Grant for Phase 2 of its project. The city plans to construct a half-mile trail which will loop seven times around the park as part of Phase 2. Construction will begin later this year or next spring depending on weather. (Union file photo)

WAYLAND — The city of Wayland is moving forward with Phase 2 of its West Park Wetlands Project.

The city recently received $100,000 through a Wellmark Foundation grant to help complete the final segment of the project, a half-mile trail loop. The community was one of 16 to be awarded a large MATCH grant from the foundation for projects geared toward achieving “better health through built environment initiatives that encourage physical activity.”

The city’s Wetlands project is a complete renovation of its West Park. The first phase of the project included constructing a new splash pad, restrooms, pump house and play equipment.

The second phase will complete the project with a 6-foot cement trail.

Wayland City Clerk Beverly Conrad said the new trail will make seven different loops. One loop will be a challenge course with an upward slope and steps, the only non-ADA loop.

Currently the city engineer is wrapping up specifications and a notice for bids will go out in October.

Depending on weather, the construction will begin later this year and wrap up by early next summer or begin next spring.

The city began the wetlands project in July 2019 and held a fundraising campaign for the $650,000 project. Construction for the first phase of the project began in March. Conrad said the city “felt pretty confident” it would receive the Wellmark Grant based on what the foundation has funded previously.

“We already had the matching amount in funds. We think it was a nice change of pace for them. Usually it goes to larger cities,” the city clerk said.

Conrad said the new facility will benefit residents of all age groups and added the city has “a lot of walkers.” In particular, the trail will be useful to local nursing facility Parkview Home.

“We’ve heard they would love to use [the trail] for wheelchair rides. It’ll also be great for strollers and families walking together without being in the streets,” she said.

“It’s another outdoor space for people to enjoy,” she added.