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 Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf Department will use this grant to finish development of the 20-acre Bidwell Park. Development of the remaining 6 acres will include expanded green space, paved trails, a natural area, landscaping, a restroom, a playground, a picnic shelter, a baseball field with safety fencing, four sand volleyball courts with lighting, and two pickle ball courts. These improvements will help meet the outdoor recreation needs of this growing community by expanding the trail system, access to green space, and athletic facilities. Spokane County will contribute $871,000 in cash, potentially a grant from the state Youth Athletic Facilities program, and donations of cash.