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Public invited to opening of Lea Hill Park Oct. 30

The public is invited to attend a special ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of the opening of Lea Hill Park on Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. at the new park site, located at the corner of 124th Avenue SE and SE 316th St.

The new Lea Hill Park is a 7-acre parcel that was acquired as part of a land exchange with Green River Community College. The former park was located on SE 320th Street and will become the new Green River Community College Trades Center Building.

This new park features a skate spot, walking pathways, a wooden picnic shelter reminiscent of a barn, an amphitheater, baseball field, free game synthetic sport area, half basketball court, and a play area featuring a tractor and climbing toys. A $60,000 King County Youth Sport Facilities Grant helped fund the synthetic sport area and a $20,000 KaBOOM! Dr Pepper Snapple Group Let’s Play Construction Grant helped fund a portion of the playground equipment.

The park was designed by Susan Black and Associates and was built by Bargmann Enterprises, LLC.

In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a new a bronze sculpture titled “Strawberry Calf” by artist Michael McLaughlin will be unveiled. The sculpture, commissioned as public art for the new park, references the previous use of the site as a farm, as well as incorporating symbols of Auburn’s history such as the strawberry and dragonfly. Located near the picnic shelter, “Strawberry Calf” is human scale with branches reaching to a height of 9 feet. The sculpture serves as a lighthearted and permanent reminder of Auburn’s history and provides an iconic artwork to the Lea Hill neighborhood.

The City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department will oversee operations of the new Park. The picnic area and synthetic sport area will be available for patrons to rent for parties, sports or other special events.

City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
910 Ninth St. SE
Auburn, WA 98002