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.
With this project, the City of Kent proposes the acquisition of 2.68 acres of gently sloping pasture land for future development into a neighborhood park. The project area was annexed into Kent in April 1993. With the exception of an elementary school across the street, the area is void of any park areas. The site is situated in a densely populated neighborhood and has view areas of the Green River Valley and Olympic Mountains. There is tremendous support for the acquisition and development of a park to serve this neighborhood. In 1996, several community ad hoc meetings and two public hearings were held to determine the type of park the citizens wanted. Three additional ad hoc meetings and two public hearings were held this year to finalize the master plan for this property. Future development may include picnic shelter/restroom, parking, play equipment, tennis and sports courts, walking trails, parking, landscaping, and open space lawn areas.