Sumas stands

The grandstands at the Howard Bowen Memorial Event Complex are being replaced with a $1.7 million upgrade that includes a partial roof and an increase from 900 seats to 2,500. (Brent Lindquist/Lynden Tribune)

SUMAS — The City of Sumas is still in the process of receiving bids to build a new event complex at the Howard Bowen Memorial Park, along with a new spraypark downtown.

The request for qualifications is open through Friday, Sept. 6.

Sumas was awarded $2 million from the Washington state capital budget earlier this year. The money is going toward upgrading the rodeo events complex on the south side of town and putting in a new playground and spraypark downtown. 

Just over $1.7 million is being spent to revamp what is now the Howard Bowen Memorial Event Complex. The old wooden grandstands will be rebuilt and include a partial roof, while expanding the current 900 seats to 2,500.

The other $288,000 is being used for a new kids’  spraypark, slated for 2020 completion. The Sumas Planning Commission met last week to look at design options for the spraypark.

“Our hope is to bring those different options before the City Council in September,” Christensen said. “We’re at that point now where we decide on the final spraypark layout and design.”