Our community enthusiastically recognizes parks and trails as key to revitalizing our waterfront, as reported April 2, “Port of C-W seeks to secure funding for park, trail.” I just returned from Washington, D.C., where I spoke with our members of Congress about the value of investing in outdoor recreation through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation’s premier grant program to fund parks and trails. Both the LWCF and the state Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program provide an opportunity for Washougal to apply for grants to realize our waterfront trail plan.
At the Port of Camas-Washougal, our job is to ensure a robust and thriving port that benefits all residents. The waterfront trail is a top priority for both the quality of life in Washougal and the economic vitality of our community. High-quality outdoor recreation opportunities encourage residents to get outside for fun and exercise. Walking paths and parks are also a boon for small businesses in need of increased foot traffic.
As finance director for the Port of Camas-Washougal, I hope our elected leaders in Olympia and D.C. continue to invest in outdoor recreation for jobs, families, and a sense of community. We need their support to achieve strong funding for this project and many others across the state.