Verdant board votes to invest $5 million in health infrastructure improvements in south county

Projects will be built and implemented during the next several years.

The Board of Commissioners for the Verdant Health Commission recently approved support for six projects that will increase access to health care and support physical activity for residents of South Snohomish County. Through its Building Healthy Communities Fund, Verdant focuses on supporting capital projects that make a lasting impact, and the six applications selected for funding will satisfy community health needs in many ways. They include:

  • Funding a joint project between Community Health Center of Snohomish County (CHC), Swedish Pain Clinic, and Evergreen Recovery Center to provide integrated pain management and recovery services co-located at a new facility that will be built adjacent to the current CHC clinic in Edmonds. Verdant’s support includes $2.5 million.
  • Replacing the existing dirt Evergreen Playfields in the City of Mountlake Terrace with synthetic turf allowing for multiple physical activity uses and updated lighting. The support from Verdant will total $1 million.
  • Supporting the build-out of a new Sea Mar Community Health Center clinic in Lynnwood that will include medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Verdant’s $1 million commitment is contingent upon Sea Mar identifying additional funding sources.
  • Providing funds to purchase a new mobile dental vehicle that will allow Medical Teams International to expand its current services in South Snohomish County. The three portable dental operatories will offer Medical Teams more flexibility while setting up mobile clinics in community locations. This is an approximately $360,000 investment from Verdant.
  • Supporting the installation of two outdoor fitness zones in two parks in the City of Edmonds. With this $170,000 support, Mathay-Ballinger Park and Edmonds Civic Park will feature 8-12 pieces of durable equipment to enhance the opportunities for residents to be active.
  • Funding the design and construction of an expanded walking trail and purchase of circuit exercise equipment at Deer Creek Park in the Town of Woodway. Verdant is contributing $47,500 to the project.

“On behalf of all commissioners, we are so happy to be able to provide this support and partner on these projects,” said Verdant Health Commission Board President Deana Knutsen. “This is exciting work that will address a variety of our community’s health needs.”

Verdant has prioritized investing in projects that serve our highest needs, like access to healthcare services. This includes making it easier for residents to making healthy choices and be seen by health care providers in settings that include primary care, specialty care, dental care, mental health care, and substance use prevention and treatment. Decreasing the childhood obesity rate is also a priority, and Verdant has engaged in this work in multiple ways, including through youth activity programs and walking paths.