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 Lake Forest Park will use this grant to buy 1.26 acres to expand the 3.85-acre Pfingst Animal Acres Park. Known as Big Tree Park because of its mature trees and a remarkable rhododendron understory, the land is next to Pfingst Animal Acres Park and includes two salmon-bearing creeks, McAleer Creek and Brookside Creek. The City envisions future opportunities to restore the creek banks, remove fish barriers and bank armoring, provide a nature trail across McAleer Creek connecting the two parks, and provide a gathering place in a natural setting. Lake Forest Park will contribute $274,075 in cash and Conservation Futures.