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 Fife will use this grant to add a splash pad with 15-18 spray features to Colburn Park, located directly outside of the Fife Aquatic Center, which is a local and regional destination for about 400,000 visitors a year. In addition to a splash pad, two ADA compliant family changing rooms/restrooms will be added in a shared building with the filtration and chemical storage needed for the splash pad. This project also includes the purchase of a Fife School District-owned plot of land directly adjacent to Colburn Park. The District has notified the city of its intent to sell the land, creating perfect timing for an acquisition to occur. While this request includes purchasing the school district land, development of this site is envisioned as part of a future phase 2. The second phase would consist of a play structure, picnic shelters, and additional parking. This additional land would become part of Colburn Park. Overall, the city wants to enhance this area to provide an even safer and more secure outdoor facility offering free and inclusive recreational opportunities for citizens of Fife and the neighboring jurisdictions.