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.
This All-Inclusive Playground will provide a regional playground for Snoqualmie Valley. The grant will improve a 10,000 sq ft. area in City of Snoqualmie Centennial Fields park (King County) to provide inclusive play facilities, providing access to playground amenities regardless of ability, age, or comfort-level.Snoqualmie is a young city, with 35% of residents under age 19; no parks in the City or Valley are currently designed for all-inclusive play. Centennial Fields is the perfect site for these improvements, located next to Snoqualmie Elementary School (SES), which houses the school district Special Education Team servicing over 500 elementary level students, extending playground benefits district-wide.Improvements will provide 15 play equipment pieces, including primary equipment with ramps for wheelchair access; play equipment for those dealing with mobility-impairments (spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy); as well as tactile and musical equipment for both autistic and sight-impaired youth. Community members requested perimeter fencing to prevent autistic children from exiting the playground unattended; the project will also improve the adjacent parking lot to designate additional handicap spaces.A universally-accessible playground will help address a recreational disparity for differently-abled youth; build confidence; and improve opportunities for peer interaction and community-building among youth and parents alike.