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 Town of Cathlamet will use this grant to complete the development of an existing 8,000 square foot, above-ground skate park at Erickson Park, 605 Columbia Street, Cathlamet, Washington, adjacent to Wahkiakum County High School and athletic fields, regularly used by school users and surrounding neighbors. Located in an underserved area with limited outdoor recreational opportunities, volunteers raised nearly $31,500 in donations and local support in 2004 and 2006 to build the existing concrete slab and skating equipment. Our proposal focuses on renovating and expanding the current skateboard park by adding new and improved skateboarding equipment, including half and quarter pipes, bank ramps, and grind rails and ledges, providing our community’s youth and recreational users of all skill levels with a safe and user-friendly space for outdoor skateboarding and biking. Our design is low impact, requires minimal maintenance, and will not negatively impact the surrounding landscape or community. For our skateboard park to serve our youth for generations to come, it is imperative that the Town completes this community-led project.