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 Edmonds will use this grant to develop Civic Park, an 8 acre park, located in downtown Edmonds. Development will include upgrading the athletic fields, playground, skatepark, and tennis court. Additional development will include pathways, an outdoor fitness zone, multi-use sport court, gathering plaza, picnic area and restroom. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project will be active recreation. The City recently purchased this park site, from the Edmonds School District in 2015, with help from a WWRP Local Parks acquisition grant. In 2016, the City implemented a robust public process to master plan this property. The Civic Park Master Plan embraces the potential of this downtown park to contribute to a sense of community identity and civic pride while promoting active, healthy lifestyles, energizing the local economy and bolstering the city’s growing reputation as a destination on Puget Sound. The legacy of the park as an iconic place for active and passive recreation, gathering, celebration and enhanced daily life is intended to serve Edmonds for generations to come.