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Project Updates

Project Updates - May 2014

Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • Work continues in the basement of Cedar Lodge. The new walls are being painted, doors hung, and windows trimmed out. Soon, we will have the electrical and sprinkler systems finished, flooring put down in the offices, and the drop ceiling hung. The main concrete floors have been sanded and sealed with a non-slip clear finish. There has been wonderful volunteer labor support for this project, thus far. The new walk-in cooler and freezer are ordered and we are hoping to have them ready to install in June.

  • A new manure shed to improve our manure management may not seem like a glamorous project, but it is very important! We are hoping to complete the shed this fall if cost sharing funding from the Snohomish Conservation District is approved.

  • Cost estimates are being revised and the planning for horse stalls for vaulting horses is underway. The timing of this project depends upon raising sufficient funds and receiving County permit approval. We would like to have them built before winter, but still have need for more funding.

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  • A certified arborist has volunteered for a forestry health project involving the marking and removal of trees in the RV area. As the trees have become older, the density needed to be reduced to provide for stronger, healthier trees. The dead wood that can be a hazard is being removed, and with more sunlight for the understory plants, the forest will become more lush and healthy. The trees taken down will be used for firewood this summer and during The Lights of Christmas.

  • For the W-Bar-B Ranch summer program, the staff and volunteers are constructing space for a modified paint ball course and a human foosball game. Both of these will greatly increase the diversity of fun activities at Camp.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, email Jessica Wilson or call her at 360-312-3417.

Project Updates - March 2014

Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • Cedar Lodge Lower Update 260Building permits for the project going on in lower Cedar Lodge have now been received, so work is progressing once again. This project is taking place in the basement area under Cedar Lodge Chapel. The old restrooms are gone, and office space and reconfigured storage areas are replacing them. It will take several more months to complete this phase of the work. All the labor is being done by volunteers!

  • The other project in the works for the Cedar Lodge basement this year is installing a new walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer for Food Service. This important upgrade replaces the current cooler and freezer that were installed around 1960 when that section of Cedar Lodge was built. While the ministry has grown substantially over the years, the space in these two walk-ins has not! This will be a wonderful improvement for the Food Service Department. Installation is anticipated in May or June.

  • The next major phase of renovation in Cedar Lodge will be in Cedar Lodge Chapel. Lots of planning has been taking place over the last six months or so, and this month, the plans should be finalized. Lord willing, construction will begin in June 2015.

  • At this point, the sidewalk improvements and the Stables projects are on hold until the funding can be raised for the work that needs to be done. The broken sidewalks have been removed and either replaced with gravel or not replaced at all. All safety issues have been addressed. At the Stables, the two projects waiting to be done include replacing the manure shed and building box stalls for the vaulting horses.

  • Projects that are scheduled to be done during this year include re-roofing the Pines Lodge and the Nurse’s Cabin, and replacing the tot lot toys near the Program Center. These projects are also awaiting funding.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp or by email at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

Project Updates - November 2013

Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • CLProjectExterior 275Work has slowed on the renovation project in lower Cedar Lodge while we wait for more building permits and inspections. The volunteers have moved outside where they are getting the new siding on and painted. The photo at right shows the bluff-side of lower Cedar Lodge with the new windows, doors, and siding, including to the new freight entrance door. The new offices going in to this area must be completed so there can be a re-shuffling of office space to open up the area where the new walk-in cooler and freezer will be installed. A major remodeling project like this requires a lot of careful choreography!

  • The native growth buffer was planted last month along the property line above Bayview Ranch House. This completes a requirement of our Conditional Use Permit that had to be done before any additional building permits could be received.

  • Several badly broken sidewalks near the Program Center and the Snack Shop have been removed. For now, they have either been replaced with gravel walkways, or not replaced at all. The sidewalk going to the Prayer Chapel had several tripping hazards that have been ground down.

  • Two new parking lots have been created near the Program Center. These will be used during The Lights of Christmas for the Joyland Concert Hall. To get the roadways ready for The Lights, a road grader is scheduled to come in late November and give our roads some much needed attention.

  • Two improvements are in the works at the Stables. The new manure shed will cost approximately $20,000, and when completed, will move the manure storage further from a stream that runs into Puget Sound. This will reduce the risk of any negative water quality impacts from the horses. We are seeking environmental funding for that project. The other project is new box stalls for the vaulting horses. This project will enable us to better care for the vaulting horses by keeping them indoors and out of the practice arena. Currently, we have to temporarily pasture horses on a secondary sacrifice pasture, which is not a sustainable practice as it compromises the pasture in winter time. We are awaiting bids for this project from the contractors.

  • Most work on projects comes to a close this time of year, but the planning goes on for the work that will be needed next year and beyond.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp or by email at jwilson@warmbeach.com.