Local Parks grants help acquire land for, build, and protect community parks, providing places for families to gather and play. These symbols of vibrant communities promote a healthy and active lifestyle, and provide necessary exposure to nature. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
December’s highlighted project is the Asotin Aquatic Development Center. In the fall of 2001, Asotin County passed a $6,720,000 bond levy to construct a family aquatic center that will serve the residents of Asotin County and other neighbor communities in the Lewis/Clark valley. The project received a $262,492 Local Parks WWRP grant, with an equal sponsor match.
The aquatic center, completed in 2009, includes a zero depth pool, a traditional lap pool, a lazy river, waterslides, interactive water play structures, picnic sites, a playground and sand volleyball courts.
The pool project will provide a safe environment for recreation, especially during the hot months of summer. By design, the facility will attract a wide range of age groups that will promote intergenerational understanding, it will serve as a resource for swimming, water safety, and many other water related activities.
The WWRP funds provided water slides, landscaping, parking, park furniture, and other amenities.