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 Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Department will use this grant to develop 13.2 acres in Birch Bay’s central business district. The site includes forests, tidelands, and waterfront. Once developed, this day-use area will allow residents and visitors to safely park, picnic, and access the Birch Bay beach and tidelands. Whatcom County will contribute more than $1 million in cash and a voter-approved levy.