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 Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department will use grant to buy 25.26 acres for a park in the rapidly growing area of north Bellingham. There are no active-use parks in the area. The land is near a community college and the hub of four greenway and woodland corridors. The City envisions that the park, which was a former cattle ranch, will have picnic shelters, lawns, and paved trails. North Bellingham is a mix of houses, retirement and assisted living homes, student residential areas, and commercial and light industrial land uses. Bellingham will contribute more than $3.1 million in a voter-approved levy.