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 Bellingham will use this grant to buy 27.5 acres about 2 miles north of the city center for a neighborhood park. Buying this land will help connect existing and future trails in the city’s greenway network. The area contains a mix of both cleared, level ground suitable for playgrounds, restrooms, sport courts, and recreation facilities as well as forested areas and wetlands that can support a loop trail. Future park development will include park facilities, sport courts, and nonmotorized trails. Bellingham will contribute $602,604.