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.
This project is to acquire 20 acres of land immediately north of existing Bender Field Recreation Facility. The current facility consists of eight lighted softball fields, four additional practice fields that double as soccer fields, and Bocci ball courts. Bender Field Recreation Facility serves the City of Lynden, Lynden and Lynden Christian School Districts, as well as the surrounding communities of Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Ferndale, and Bellingham. Expanded facilities will provide the city the opportunity to diversify current recreational options including the addition of dedicated soccer fields, a regulation baseball diamond, basketball and tennis courts. If the city does not purchase the property, it will be developed residentially, and public access will be lost.