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 City of Mabton will use this grant to build a new splash pad, restroom, walkways, parking area, and other park amenities in Governor’s Park in Mabton, in Yakima County. The splash pad will provide welcome relief from the intense summer heat for residents of a severely poor community. Mabton averages 90+ degrees in the summer and does not have any pools or aquatic facilities. The nearest pool or spray pad is at least 10 miles away. There are no amenities at Governor’s Park either. This project aligns with the city’s parks master plan and is responsive to the survey responses from residents about what they would like to see in their parks. Mabton will contribute $298,500 in staff labor and a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.