West Woodland Elementary will be getting a new track, field and rain garden thanks to the Neighborhood Matching Large Project Fund.
In May, Marilyn Loveness, the principal of West Woodland along with several others asked the Ballard District Council to support their request for $85,000 from the city. While they didn’t receive the full amount, they did receive $63,750. We spoke with Loveness this morning, “We are very excited about it,” she told us. She says this year will be the planning year and construction will begin next summer. “The first priority is to get the track around the field.” The field has been unusable during the rainy months and with the track, kids will be able to go outside and run. The second priority is getting the field in shape for soccer. At this point, “the dog population has showed up,” she says. One of the projects for students this year will be to make signs to ask people not to bring their dogs. The third phase of the project will be the rain garden. This announcement coincides with the 100th anniversary of the school.