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 Chehalis will use this grant to develop a park next to the Discover! Children’s Museum in Chehalis. The Discover! Park will include walking trails and interpretive signs that take visitors on self-guided tours to specific sites such as a butterfly garden, native grasses display, and wildflower garden. Each section will have signs that describe the plants, the historical uses of each plant (medicinal, edible, pest deterrent, or other), and key information about the types of species that benefit from the plants. The City will develop these areas, a walking trail between displays, and a parking lot, and install signs, benches, and fencing. An extension of the children’s museum, the park is designed to be a natural environment for learning and to educate people about native plant species and natural habitats of insects and small mammals. Chehalis will contribute $91,227 in cash and donations of labor.