By JC Medina

Building Phase 1A of Greg Cuoio Park will cost between $3 million and $5 million over five years, according to the parks superintendent.

Speaking at the Lacey Board of Park Commissioners meeting yesterday, Lacey’s Director of Parks, Culture and Recreation, Jen Burbidge, said that following the approval of the Council’s contract with HBB Landscape Architecture of Seattle for the design of Phase 1A, the commission will now work on the five-year financial plan.

“We only have a design budget right now, which is $784,000; that’s just for the design,” Burbidge said. “We think the construction will cost between $3 and $5 million.”

Burbidge said the city will also work with the South Puget Sound Disc Golf Association to design the first 18 holes, which are part of Phase 1A.

“We’re on track for groundbreaking in the fall of 2023,” Burbidge said, adding that the first draft of grant applications to the Office of Recreation and Conservation are due in May.

Phase 1A includes design and planning services for future tenders, physical works for two driveway entrances, an 18-hole disc golf course and the initial phase of a playground, a said Ashley Smith, Lacey’s capital projects engineer, at the city council meeting in March.

Smith said the driveways would include entrances for emergency vehicles and public access with parking spaces.

Launched in April 2021, the master plan includes several phases of work to make the combined 537 acres of Greg Cuoio Park, Pleasant Glade Park and Palm Creek headwaters accessible. The project is located between the Crossroads and Hawk’s Prairie neighborhoods, north of I-5.

After a “community-driven” process, Council approved the Greg Cuoio Park and Greenways Master Plan on February 3.

UPDATE: April 7, 2022, 9 p.m. A previous version of this story referred to the board of directors Parks Commissioners. The correct name of the panel is the Board of Park Commissioners. Our reporter informed us that the commissioners mentioned at yesterday’s meeting that they would consider recommending a name change for the commission shortly. We regret the error.