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 Wenatchee will use this grant to fund the Bighorn Ridge Acquisition, which provides a rare opportunity to acquire over 134 acres of land to expand outdoor recreation access, preserve threatened habitats and provide critical trail linkages to a growing and underserved part of the Wenatchee valley.With existing trails, natural attributes, and connection to other public properties, the site is prime for recreation and habitat purposes. Visitors of all ages can observe the unique flora and fauna on the existing, easy to traverse trail routes. The site will serve as a regional, year-round recreation destination for variety of outdoor recreation and educational purposes ranging from snow shoe hiking, and horseback riding and hiking, to nature viewing and educational programs for all ages.This project will satisfy a top requested items from community surveys, accomplish 23 City comprehensive plan goals, State SCORP goals and address trail and open space level of service deficiencies.