RICHLAND, Wash. - Richland's Claybell Park will soon be twice as big as it is now. Two new multisport fields, tennis courts and a new restroom are just some of the improvements planned, so far.
But before that gets underway about eight acres of land must be leveled. That's something nature advocates weren't too keen on. So, the city spent the last two days moving some native plants so they'll be protected.
"We're moving some sagebrush to previously disturbed areas. So our master plan calls for some portions of the park to be developed and some portions to remain undeveloped in their natural state, close to Amon Creek. So we're moving some of the sagebrush into those areas," said Richland Parks and Recreation Direction Joe Schiessl.
Schiessl called it something of a 'restoration project.'
Work on the eight acres worth of improvements to the park should begin next week.