Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. 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.
The City of Auburn will use this grant to develop a community park at 104th Avenue Southeast, near the Green River. The 14.73-acre park will include parking, improved access to the river, pathways through the site, a picnic shelter, interpretive kiosk and signs, drinking fountain, and a restroom. People are using the site to get to the river and sandy beach but parking is limited and on a narrow shoulder of a curved road. The community is eager to have this scenic site developed into a park with improved access and parking. Auburn will contribute $626,251 in park impact fees and potentially a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.