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 is seeking grant funding to develop and restore the last piece of town-owned waterfront property, the former site of the town’s sewer lagoons, into a scenic and accessible 7-acre recreational space for visitors to relax and experience the beauty of the Columbia River. This site is located at 413 2nd Street in Cathlamet, a rural southwest Washington town in Wahkiakum County. Our main objectives are to: 1. create a high-quality park that is both safe and accessible to all by renovating existing features, creating new walking paths, installing lighting and signage, providing a pavilion with picnic tables and benches, and constructing a viewing shelter; 2. enhance and restore the natural wetlands at the mouth of Birnie Creek by removing invasive species and replanting native shrubs and plants; 3. connect the community back to the river, nature, and adjacent amenities by merging an existing park into the larger newly designed waterfront park to promote tourism and economic vitality; 4. create a community flex space incorporating the expressed interests and activities obtained from our local volunteers and community feedback received during our outreach events such as activity and relaxation areas that can be enjoyed year-round. The primary outdoor recreational opportunity provided is a passive and active recreational area that provides public access to the river, nature, and non-motorized trail use.