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.
Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf used this grant to develop Bidwell Park located north of the City of Spokane. Development actions included design and installation of a multi-use ball field. Due to clay soils encountered on-site, an extensive under-field drainage system was installed to help keep the field playable during periods of high precipitation. This project also included the installation of a new CXT building with two unisex bathrooms and an exterior drinking fountain with bottle fill. A 30′ x 30′ (approx.) picnic shelter was also installed, with metal framing, metal roof, and concrete pad underneath. An 8′-wide asphalt walking path was designed and installed, totaling roughly 2/3 of a mile in length (not including phase three paths). At various locations along the asphalt pathway, there are 6 “bump-outs” designed for field / court viewing suitable for wheel chair access. A park sign, benches, trash receptacles, bike racks, drinking fountain, trees & shrubs, grass turf, landscape boulders, and a full irrigation system were also installed. Utilities for water, sewer, and power were also installed to support various park activities. Near the pool building, a lawn amphitheater was designed and built that will host outdoor movies and other events in the park. A playground was designed and installed featuring an arch swing, adaptive swing set, hex net tower, curved balance beam, and other age appropriate playground elements. A blend of black and blue resilient tile surfacing (placed in a random pattern) was used as the ground plane, which creates additional opportunities for creative play. A basketball court was also installed, utilizing a concrete playing surface. Lastly, parking improvements were made across the site. The new east-side parking lot includes a total of 93 parking stalls (including 10 ADA stalls).