Everett’s Legion Memorial Golf Course To Retain Stormwater

March 11, 2017

Everett Government

Legion golf You may not think a golf course and a stormwater retention pond would be co-located but the City of Everett is working on a plan to do just that at Legion Memorial in Everett’s north end…

The final piece of the City’s plan to end North Everett basement flooding involves using the Legion Memorial Golf Course to collect, treat and store stormwater runoff from city streets and alleys and from Everett Community College. Using golf courses to deal with stormwater has become a common practice; approximately 20 percent of the country’s 17,000 golf courses are used for stormwater/water quality treatment.

Following storms in 2010 and 2013 that caused flooding to hundreds of north Everett homes and resulted in millions in damage claims, city engineers developed a plan to eliminate chronic basement flooding and Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) discharges. The Legion Golf Course Stormwater Detention project, formerly called Northwest Stormwater Separation (NWSS) Project, is part of that plan. The NWSS Project now includes the companion Wetmore and Alverson Stormwater Separation projects and addresses the last concentrated area that has suffered chronic basement flooding problems.

“Golf courses are natural partners for stormwater projects,” said Dave Davis, Everett’s public works director. “Locating a stormwater detention pond network on Legion Memorial Golf Course offers a logical and cost-effective opportunity for stormwater detention.”

The project also offers a unique opportunity for the golf course.

“Working with a professional golf course architect ensures that golf course interests are protected and, in fact, benefits the golf course in terms of potential improvements,” said Lori Cummings, parks department director. “We expect to increase the playability of the course and create a better golfing facility overall. We want golfers to know that any modifications to the golf course will be done in a manner that minimizes disruptions to play as much as possible.”

Design for the Legion Golf Course Stormwater Detention project is in the early stages right now. Construction should begin later this year, and the project is expected to be completed in summer 2018. The project is estimated to cost $2.2 million.

Golfers and interested parties are invited to attend a project open house – Monday, March 13 

City staff and project team members will be available to take comments, answer questions and explain details about the project at 6:30 p.m. at Legion Memorial Golf Course Clubhouse (144 West Marine View Drive). For more information about the project, visit the city’s website Everettwa.gov/LegionStormwaterProject.

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