Port of Kalama Commission Awards Contract for Construction of Haydu Park to Tapani Underground, Inc.

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Construction of the new public park in Kalama is expected to commence immediately.

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When completed, Haydu Park will include 24 acres of baseball and soccer fields, an expo area and frontage on the Kalama River.

The Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners has awarded the bid for the construction of Haydu Park—a part of the recent East Port annexation —to Tapani Underground, Inc. Construction is scheduled to begin immediately and is expected to be complete by Spring of 2015.

When completed, Haydu Park will include 24 acres of baseball and soccer fields and an expo area—up from the current eight acres—allowing baseball and soccer teams to play simultaneously. Haydu Park will also include access to several thousand feet of Kalama River frontage.

The project includes three new baseball/softball fields, three soccer/football fields, a horse riding arena, restrooms, a tennis courts, basketball courts, on-site parking, and an expo area that will be used by the Kalama Fair.

“The expected impact of the new Haydu Park cannot be understated for addressing Kalama’s need for additional sports and recreation space,” says Troy Stariha, Commissioner, Port of Kalama. “With the increased space, sports clubs will now have the facilities capable of hosting team tournaments from all over the region which will increase destination tourism and revenues to the area. The funds for construction of these facilities come from Port business activities.”

Haydu Park is named for the family that owned the property for many years. When the family agreed to sell to the Port, they returned $100,000 to the Port for construction of the facilities. “The Port wishes to thank the Haydu family for their generous contribution to the community,” said Mark Wilson, Executive Director, Port of Kalama.

About Port of Kalama – Where rail and water meet:
The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The port exists to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities. Port of Kalama's industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43' federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. The Port is served by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. There are over 20 industries located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 830 people. Port of Kalama offers all the superior facilities businesses need to thrive, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The port offers shovel ready sites, a new Industrial Park, state of the art Marine Terminals and transportation accessibility to rail and highway all just a 30 minute drive to the Portland International Airport. Port of Kalama also offers high-bandwidth communications, with dual access fiber-optic service to Seattle and Portland. Properties currently available at the port for businesses wishing to expand and thrive: Visit http://portofkalama.com/industrial_property.

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