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.
Mount Vernon will use this grant to buy 10.2 acres in the fastest growing portion of the city for Bonnie Rae Park. Surrounded by development, the park has 5 acres of manicured meadow and 5 acres of forest, which is bisected by the salmon-bearing Maddox Creek. The forest is composed of a complex arrangement of forested wetlands, fern glens among giant cedars, and occasional alder groves. Plans for the park include a multi-use sports meadow, group picnic shelter, a barbecue, extensive woodland trails, and open areas. If the land is not purchased for a park, it likely will be developed for housing. Mount Vernon will contribute $394,100 in cash and donated property interest.