Big Tree Park – 17450 37th Ave NE

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

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Lake Forest Park City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 274075 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 46 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1819

Location Details

Please contact City to arrange access with property owner prior to access. The property is west of Animal Acres Park in Lake Forest Park. Traveling north from Seattle on I-5 take exit 175 to 5th Ave NE. Turn right on NE 145th St. Turn left on SR 522 toward Lake Forest Park. Turn left on NE 165th St. Turn right on 37th Ave NE. Arrive at your destination on your right at the intersection of 37th Ave NE and NE 178th St.

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.