Grants help fund paved park trail in MLT, soccer goals in Brier

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Park-goers, both human and canine, can now tour parts of Matt Hirvela Bicentennal Park in Mountlake Terrace on a paved path, thanks in part to a $5,000 grant from the Snohomish County Small Capital Projects Partnership Grant program.
Park-goers, both human and canine, can now tour Matt Hirvela Bicentennal Park in Mountlake Terrace on a paved path, thanks in part to a $5,000 grant from the Snohomish County Small Capital Projects Partnership Grant program.

Funds granted by the Snohomish County Council last June have found their way to Mountlake Terrace and Brier, making a difference for area park-goers and students at Brier Elementary School.

The City of Mountlake Terrace and local Girl Scout Troup 43752 were granted $5,000 to begin paving a gravel trail that winds through Matt Hirvela Bicentennial Park in Mountlake Terrace. The city allocated an additional $1,000 to the project.

The paving work continues an effort begun in 2013 by city crews and volunteer scouts from the community to build a paved trail that would circumvent the 5-acre park at 4105-222nd St. S.W. City officials hope to secure further grant funding and volunteer assistance to continue the project and eventually complete the trail.

Students at Brier Elementary are now enjoying two new soccer goals at the school, purchased in part by a $1,436 grant from Snohomish County.
Students at Brier Elementary are now enjoying two new soccer goals at the school, partially funded through a grant.

Brier Elementary School has two new soccer goals on its grounds, purchased — in part — with a $1,436 grant from the Snohomish County Council.

“Our soccer goals have arrived,” said Brier Elementary Principal Johnna Stewart. “We are very excited.”

The grant money for the two soccer goals was applied for by the Brier Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Additional funds were raised by the PTA to meet the total cost of the two goals.

Both grants were part of $74,956 the Snohomish County Council awarded this summer through its Small Capital Projects Partnership Grant program. A total of 11 projects around Snohomish County benefited from the allocated grant money.

— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski

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