In addition to the Vaulting Program, work was completed to expand the parking and finish the snackshop. Twenty-four temporary indoor box stalls were erected over the winter to enable better care of the horses and reduced mud build-up in the winter pasture. Plans are being made to add draft horse stalls to the back of the indoor arena, build restrooms, expand the facility for a stock farm program, add false fronts on the buildings and landscape around Crum Pond. The new vaulting and riding lesson programs bring hundreds of guests and parents to the stables each week year-around. The facility just isn't conducive to that much traffic. A lack of bathrooms is a real inconvenience, particularly when other retreat guests are using nearby facilities. As the program develops, our goal is to bring a Western Town motif tying the Stables and Bayview into a themed environment.
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In addition to the Volunteer Center for meeting and laundry, we are in desparate need of housing for summer volunteers. Volunteer Camp Pastors and Nurses are needed every week to support the summer youth camps. Additionally, we turn away seasonal volunteers who need lodging. A lease lot cabin previously owned by the Palmer family is being upgraded to support volunteer lodging needs. Keep your eyes out for the Palmer House to be on-line the Summer of 2008.
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During the Summer of 2007, we launched a project to raise the quality of treated wastewater outfall to a "Re-Use" standard for reintroduction into the environment. This critical project allows us to exceed Dept. of Ecology standards for wastewater treatment plant discharge and will relocate the discharge point from a small stream to directly into Port Susan Bay. Thus, the "re-use" water will more rapidly dilute into the saltwater even further away from any housing. Re-use water can also be used for topical irrigation, flushing toilets, and other non-drinking applications. It is the highest standard of treated wastewater possible.
The pump and filtration systems are already in place. The Summer of 2008 will be when we install the pipes to Port Susan Bay and complete the project.