Naches, a Thriving, Growing Community

The Town of Naches, Business Owners and Community leaders are involved in a number of projects to improve the lives of Residents of the Naches Valley.

See detailed Project list of all Town of Naches Capital Projects from 2001-2023.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase II

Phase II of our Wastewater Treatement plant improvements focused on biological treatment process improvements including: installation of 2 higher capacity headworks pumps, new activated sludge treatment process with three treatment trains, three variable speed blowers, repurpose of ditch effluent pumps for use ias RAS pumps, and site piping, grading and paving to accommodate process improvements.

Total project cost was $7,326,000 with loan and grant funding from the USDA Office of Rural Developent. The Town of Naches’ contribution to the project costs is $109,000.

This project was planned in part by HLA Engineering and Land Surveying. See the HLA project document

Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 1

The Town of Naches is working on the Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 1. The contract was awarded to Pacific Civil & Infrastructure of Sumner. The funding for the project came from the SIED program with the Town receiving $750,000 in loans and $750,000 in grants with the remaining portion coming from the Town’s Sewer fund.

Construction began in the Spring of 2021 and completion is due by March of 2022. Most of the issues of delay have been caused by disruption of supply chain deliveries.

Park and Ride Facility

Naches received Rural Mobility Grant funding for the Park and Ride facility located at 8894 US Highway 12. Washington State Department of Transportation awarded Naches $565,000 for the project.

Construction was awarded to American Rock Products on October 4, 2021. The project is underway and paving of the project concluded on November 30, 2021. The remainder of the project will be completed over the next several months. The remaining components to be completed include lighting, sidewalks, elect00ric car charging station and landscaping.

Naches Event Center & Court Rehabilitation at Clemans View Sports Park

The most recent funding for this project was secured by Senator King within the Capital Budget. The amount awarded was $442k and construction began in Fall 2921.

The building is being renovated to meet current building code, ADA requirements and to meet current needs of the community. BOR Architecture has completed the design and the Town is awarding individual contractors through the bid process. Construction is expected to be completed by May of 2022.

See information on recent developments and fundraising for improvements to the Clemans View Sports Park and Community Events Center.

New Apple Packing Line at Allan Bros

Allan Bros. is building a new $35 million apple packing facility with modern hybrid line which maximizes output and utilizes the efficiencies of pre-sizing fruit. The new line will allow the company to reduce repeated handling of fruit, which can avoid bruising or damaging. The new apple-packing facility will help make Allan Bros. more efficient in dealing with a changing and challenging international fruit market.

Town of Naches Welcome Sign

The Town of Naches held a ribbon cutting for the new art deco style Welcome Sign in early June 2018. Town leaders hope the messages displayed on the electronic reader board will promote Naches events and businesses and encourage more of the 10,000 travelers who drive down Hwy 12 each day to stop in Naches for a meal or to attend a community event.

Designed by BORA Architecture, the art deco mirrors of the look of the landmark Spire building across from the Naches Train Depot.

Complete Street Lighting project

In 2017 the Town of Naches received grant money ($125,000.00) from the Complete Streets Program administered by the Washington State Improvement Board. The Town of Naches has a 3-phase project to complete lighting on the Naches trail between Allan Rd and Naches Avenue.

The Complete Streets Money was used to complete Phase I from Allan Road towards Shafer Avenue and was completed in October of 2017.

Phase II of the project will begin design on October of 2018 which will light the Naches Trail from Shafer Avenue to Naches Avenue and construction is scheduled in 2019. Phase III which will connect the 2 Phases and finalized the project is in the process of multiple applications for funding.

New Allan Bros. Corporate Office

Designed by BORA Architecture the new corporate office for Allan Bros Fruit opened in 2016.

The Allan family immigrated from Scotland/Europe/Canada and settled in the Naches Valley in the early 1900s. The current owners of Allan Bros. Fruit are third generation fruit farmers in the valley

Greenway Path to Naches

The Greenway Foundation recently announced that it plans to complete the final section of the Greenway walking/biking pathway from Union Gap to Naches. The remaining section was completed in 2016 and runs from 40th Avenue in Yakima to the Old Naches Highway.

K-4 Elementary School Opened

The new K-4 Elementary replaces two 60-year old buildings, Naches Valley Primary in Gleed and Naches Valley Intermediate in Naches. The school can house up to 600 students. The new energy-efficient building opened in the fall of 2016 and features a full-size gym and preschool rooms.

The funding comes from a $20 million levy passed by voters, which replaces two 60-year old building. With the completion of this new school, all of the Naches School District buildings will be located in the Town of Naches within a 10-block radius.

Due to a grant from Pacific Power, the new building features a 30KW solar system, providing up to 15 percent of the building’s needs during the day. The installation of the panels was done by Perry Tech’s electrical classes. In addition, the hydronic heating system will use ground-source heat pumps, to provide all the building’s heating needs.

High School Football Stadium

The Naches School District built a new $1.7 million football stadium in 2016. The stadium includes seating for 1,185 spectators and has new restrooms, concession stands, ticket booth and second-story press box.

Street Lights Converted to LED

In 2016, the street lights in Naches were retrofitted to LED lights. The project benefits from a $25,000 grant from the State of Washington and will consume about one-third the amount of power conventional street lights, saving the Town $5,000-$7,000 per year in electric costs. Work will be carried out by Public Works staff.

Street Sweeper and Vacuum Truck Purchased

2015 saw the purchase of a street sweeper and vacuum truck to clean streets and stormwater drains. The $200,000 grant funding for this purchase came through the State of Washington Department of Ecology.

Renovation of the Naches Bandstand

The Town of Naches recently completed a renovation of the Naches Bandstand in September 2015. The new roof was constructed by Lacey Roofing of Yakima. The Naches Public Works did structural repairs to the facility. MG Vinyl Fencing of Toppenish completed the fencing. Bruner Painting Inc. of Yakima just completed the painting and staining of the Bandstand. The bandstand is a key facility during the Naches Sportsman’s Days which is held in September each year

Naches Train Depot Outdoor Picnic Shelters

Depot area shelters projects completed in 2013. The Shelter’s we’re donated by Eschbach Park first shelter was restored and set up with the Towns Budget. The second shelter was restored and set up by the Naches Lions Club paved and landscape was completed by Town Public works and Community volunteers.

Penney Avenue Improvements

Penney Avenue Improvements was completed in June 2013. The Project included engineering and construction, including lighting, curb, and gutters. Funding for this project came from Washington State Department of Transportation.

Shelters, Access and Parking at Naches Train Depot

West Depot Improvements in process of being completed. Restrooms at the right and one of the outdoor shelters at the left.

Parking Lots Improved at Naches Train Depot

West Depot Improvements in process of being completed. Additional park spaces, access and landscaping were included in this phase

Outdoor Stage Area at Naches Train Depot complex

West Depot completion 2013 now hosting Sportsman’s Days event. This project was completed by the Town Public Works and volunteers from the Naches High School Football Team.

Allan Road Intersection Improvements

In June 2011 the Town celebrated the end of construction for the highway improvements at the intersection of Allan Road and Hwy 12. The project also included engineering and construction required to extend water and sewer service to a 60-acre area around the intersection, that was party annexed by the Town of Naches and is planned for commercial development. The project also includes the widening of Allan Road and other improvements, including lighting, curbs and gutters. Additional lanes will allow drivers to speed up and slow down before entering or leaving the highway, which should improve safety significantly. Funding for this project came from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Yakima County Development Association, and State and Federal transportation sources.

Oak Creek Ace Hardware

Opened in April 2007, the Ace Hardware offers a wide variety of goods in a 14,400 square feet building. Stop by for sporting goods, animal feed and pharma, auto parts, general hardware, housewares, lawn and garden, hunting and fishing supplies and licenses, and propane bottle fill.

Located at 10400 US Highway 12, Naches (509) 653-1294, future plans include additional retail or other facilities in the complex.

Naches Trail

This phases of the Naches Trail included the construction of 3 1/2 miles of pathway from Allan Road just east of town to the historic Naches Depot. The project includes a lighted picnic area just across the street from the Naches Depot.

The eventual plan is to connect the Naches Trail to the Yakima Greenway and will be implemented in phases as funding allows. The Yakima Greenway is currently working on receiving a grant that would enable them to pave another 3.5 miles leaving only about 4 miles to hook up with the Greenway Path at 40th avenue in Yakima. Imagine being able to walk or ride your bike from Naches to Sarg Hubbard Park or the Yakima Area Arboretum. What a wonderful addition to Downtown Naches!

Funding for phase one of this project was from a direct allocation from the Washington State Legislature, sponsored by Rep. Charles Ross and Rep. Curtis King.

Ordinance for use of Naches Trail

Naches Train Depot

The Naches Depot has added additional parking along with a 20’ x 40’ shelter (from Eschbach Park). The project was done by the Town of Naches, Granite Construction, Huibregtse, Louman and Associates and some grant funds from the USDA. The Naches Lion’s club is making preparation to reconstruct the second shelter at the Depot in the fall of 2012. Both shelters were dismantled and transported by a couple of Naches Valley High School students for their senior project.

The renovated Train Depot serves as a Visitor Information Center for the Town of Naches during the summer months. Naches is the eastern portal of the White Pass Scenic Byway and the Chinook Scenic Byway.

Naches Meadow 2

The second phase of the Naches Meadows residential development is open and lots are still available for sale. Increasing numbers of people are looking at the Naches Valley for a second home, retirement home, or to relocate in a small town to raise their family.

Clemans View Sports Center

Facilities include three Little League baseball fields, one junior field, two tennis courts and meeting/reception facilities. The park is located at 8894 US Hwy 12.

Funding for the construction of this complex comes from the Upper Valley Sports and Recreation Association. The land was donated by the Boot and Spur Club and Allan Bros Inc.