Sunnyside celebrates its growth & success

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- "Celebrate Sunnyside." The community came together to do just that Tuesday. There were ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings for new facilities. It generated plenty of excitement.

Sunnyside used the day to showcase its growth and success. KIMA was able to hop on the bus tour to visit the sites they wanted to show off. What Sunnyside has in the works is looking bright.

It's a city that matches its name. Its big ideas are becoming a reality.

Sunnyside kicked off its celebration with the downtown revitalization. The $3 million project will replace traffic lights, extend sidewalks and change parking.

The next stop was Sunnyside High School. Work to add a dozen new classrooms and a multipurpose room is expected to be done next month.

"It's a credit to all the local people who have come together to do this for Sunnyside because we love this place," said Sunnyside resident Jerri Honeyford.

The Sunnyside Community Hospital made a special announcement: It's building an interventional radiology suite next month. Work should be done by fall.

Over at the Port of Sunnyside, folks celebrated a groundbreaking to double industrial wastewater capacity.

A ribbon cutting was held at the new YV-Tech Center building in Sunnyside. Classes will start this summer.

"It's a part of education that kids need," said Jerri. "We need to do things with our hands. People have those gifts."

The last stop took place at the new Sunnyside fire station. It cost more than $3 million to construct.

"Sunnyside is growing and it's a beautiful town, a marvelous place to live, and this will give many opportunities to many people," said Sunnyside resident Carol Mercer.

State Representative Bruce Chandler and State Senator Jim Honeyford were also at the event. State money helped pay for the YV-Tech Center in Sunnyside.