Washington state and Phillips 66 are joining forces to build two new playing fields at the Northwest Soccer Park.
On December 15, Phillips 66 Ferndale refinery manager Rich Harbison joined county executive Jack Louws, Whatcom Sports and Recreation chair Chet Lackey and state senator Doug Ericksen to announce the new project.
The park will be putting in two new artificial turf fields, complete with lights and scoreboards. The state will allocate $2 million towards this project, and Phillips will donate $700,000.
“The addition of these artificial turf fields will be a huge benefit to the athletic programs of Whatcom County,” Louws said. “These will double the current all-weather turf fields available to the various user groups from two to four fields in Whatcom County.”
The park, located at 5238 Northwest Drive in Bellingham, is one of the largest public playing fields in the county, serving as home to the Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association and the Whatcom County Adult Soccer Association.
Nearly 10,000 people from throughout the county use the park each year.
Construction on the new fields is expected to begin early next year and should be complete by early to mid-April.