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Cleman's View Sports Park

In 1999, a group of civic minded community members organized the Upper Valley Sports and Recreation Association (UVSRA) (501C3).  Their goal was to provide youth athletic fields and a place where the community could gather.  UVSRA graciously accepted two parcels of land from the Boot and Spur Club and Allan Bros Inc.  Through community support, grants, and tireless work by volunteers created four little league baseball fields, concession, parking lot, tennis courts, and renovated the clubhouse.  Fundraising efforts such as the Indian Summer Fest were created and supported by the entire community.  Local youth girls and boys and many community organizations have benefited by the Cleman’s View Park facility.

After several boards had operated the non-profit, a new board was elected in 2020.  Through the years increasing operating and maintenance costs, taxes, and other factors had limited the development and progress of the project.  Then in early 2020 the unfortunate exposure of COVID-19 had rendered the clubhouse unable to be rented and the Upper Valley Little League to have a season due to the Washington State Governors order.  This significantly placed impact on the ability to operate the Cleman’s View Park. 

The Town of Naches administration staff and the current UVSRA board had several meetings to address solutions that could continue the development of the park and relieve maintenance and financial problems.  Several community members, such as Allan Bros Inc, HLA, Jeff and Kara Ranger, PacifiCorp Foundation and Top Rail Construction donated funding and time to continue the west parcel development of the park.  The Town of Naches Mayor and Council entered into a maintenance agreement with UVSRA and explored the transition of the park to the Town of Naches.  The process had to include approval from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office to transfer the property from a 501C3 to a municipality.  Town Attorney Mike Shinn assisted the Town and UVSRA with the process, approvals, and land transfer.

In October 2020, the property was successfully transferred to the Town of Naches.  During this time the Town Public Works has installed and repaired irrigation, updated the pump system, hydro seeded approximately 3 new acres, and is in the process of building a new pump house with the help and direction of Sodorff Construction.  Mayor Williams and the Naches Town Council have directed the staff to proceed to plan and develop the park, seek grants, and fundraise. 

Clemans View Sports Park - Ball Fields Entrance
Reseeded Grass - Naches Park
Reseeded Grass - Naches Park
Reseeded Grass - Naches Park
Reseeded Grass - Naches Park
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Key Objectives for the Future of the Park

  1. Enter into a new agreement in the future with Upper Valley Little League (UVLL).  Assure that future generations are provided the use of the facility.  The current UVLL board showed great leadership while improving the maintenance of the facility even though they were unable to have a season.
  2. Continue the west end development and install additional irrigation to the approximately 2.5 acres of open grass for multiple community events and uses.
  3. The Town of Naches has applied for a Regional Mobility Grant for a Park and Ride Facility at Cleman’s View Park (550k)
  4. The clubhouse has to be renovated. BORA architecture has provided some modifications that would include renovation of the block portion of the building while removing the west end of the older portion of the clubhouse.  The lower portion of the building will be used for maintenance and equipment storage by the Town for the facility.
  5. The Tennis courts will need major renovation and will likely be made into pickle ball courts.  The ongoing search for grants to fund the tennis courts is being done by the Town.

At the November 2020 Town Council meeting, the staff was directed by Mayor Williams and the Naches Town Council to proceed with a fundraising campaign for capital development and equipment for the Cleman’s View Park.  A separate account will be set up and expenses will be monitored by the Naches Town Council.

View Plans

Park & Ride - Parking Spaces Plan

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Pedestrian Bridge Over Hwy 12

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Now for the Ask!

The Town of Naches during this transition period has shown its ability to continue the development and all regular maintenance will be provided by the Town.  We are asking any business, community member, or individual that supports the continuation of the park to donate.  All amounts are appreciated.  We have not currently set a financial goal because plans are always being updated.  The sky is the limit and you can watch and enjoy your donation grow. 

After you donate, please share on social media why you donated - whether you attended function at the Boot and Spur, watched your children or grandchildren play or if you are one of the players that were eventually part of the Naches Ranger Baseball teams that eventually won two state titles.

Please spread your own personal stories, even if you are unable to donate at this time, so we can reach as many people as possible. The Town of Naches would like the Cleman's View Sports Park to compliment the other nearby projects, such as the Naches Trail and Lighting, Naches Welcome Sign, and make the west end of the Town limits inviting to all people who visit beautiful Naches.

To Donate

You may also contact Jeff Ranger at jeff.ranger@co.yakima.wa.us or Elvira Birrueta at Elvira.birrueta@co.yakima.wa.us Office Phone No. 509 653-2647.

Donations checks can be made payable to the Town of Naches and mailed to:

Clemans View Sports Park
Town of Naches
PO Box 95
Naches, WA 98937

 

 



 


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