By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The construction of Mill Creek’s newest sports destination is proceeding quickly. Arena Sports Mill Creek site preparation of the almost seven acres is complete and work crews have been busy installing the extensive stormwater treatment and detention equipment.
The silver pipes seen from Bothell-Everett Highway will be used to store rainfall from most of the site so that it can be treated and slowly released to the City of Mill Creek stormwater system. They will be connected to a specially designed bio-filtration unit, which will remove particulate matter, dissolved metals, and motor oil from the water before it heads downstream.
Some landscaping and a parking lot will be built over the stormwater detention and treatment system.
According to former Mill Creek City Engineer Scott Smith, peak stormwater runoff from the developed site will be less than it was before construction. Also, the system will improve the water quality.
It hasn’t rained much in the past couple of weeks, but in order to safeguard the environment the City of Mill Creek and the Washington State Department of Ecology are keeping track of any stormwater leaving the construction site before the system is operational.
Mill Creek Director of Public Information Joni Kirk emailed, “Both the City and the Dept. of Ecology monitor the waters discharging from Arena Sports and the Mill Creek Sports developments, and the developers’ contractors are required to submit water quality data to Ecology.”
The new 96,370 square foot indoor recreational complex will include two soccer fields, a warm-up field, eight bowling lanes, laser tag, an inflatable play area, party rooms, kitchen and dining areas along with storage and administrative offices.
Arena Sports Mill Creek is currently scheduled to open in the fall 2017.
Architect's rendering of Arena Sports Mill Creek. Image courtesy of Arena Sports.