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 Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma will use this grant to design and develop a network of trails and a 3,000-square-foot play playground and spray-ground in Tacoma’s eastside neighborhood. The playground and spray-ground will be built at First Creek Middle School and the future Eastside Community Center. The trails will connect to Pierce County’s Pipeline Trail. This project will connect eastside residents, a predominantly poor and ethnically-diverse demographic, to nature by trails and a playground between the Pipeline trailhead and Swan Creek Park. The park district will contribute $1 million in voter-approved bonds and a private grant.