Betz North Park

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

This project will acquire approximately 50 acres of land for the purpose of creating one of the largest multipurpose recreation areas in southwest Spokane County. When completed, the park will contain a minimum of an outdoor swimming pool (aquatic center), four softball/baseball fields, one major baseball field, four soccer fields, a major picnic facility, jogging trail, and a playground. This project has been and continues to be the number one priority of the Cheney Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan since its adoption in 1993. It is vital that this project be funded this year as our purchase option expires in 1997. Due to our recent entrance into the GMA in Spokane County, it appears that a maximum of 200 acres will be allowed to be added to our existing city limits within our UGA. Fifty acres of this area is this proposed 50 acre acquisition site. Therefore, the entire future of Cheney’s park system rests on the success of this acquisition. Simply put, there are no other lands within our UGA of a size adequate to fulfill the needs of the community for a major park.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Cheney Public Works Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $137,500.00 Applicant Match: $137,500.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Spokane Legislative District: 9 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 96-1085

Location Details

From Cheney, drive north on 1st St to Betz Rd. Turn left on Betz Rd. and drive approximately 1/2 mile west to the park site, which is presently farmland planted in wheat.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.