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 project is for acquisition of 44 acres for a community park in east Vancouver, the most underserved area of our community. This beautiful property includes a rich and diverse natural landscape that offers a broad spectrum of interim and future recreational uses for both city and county residents (Vancouver UGA). The site includes expansive open fields, a high-quality wooded wetland, meadows, Oregon white oaks (protected species), a fish bearing stream and abundant wildlife. Future development of the site envisions active park improvements on the west side and restoration and enhancements to the wetland area along the eastern portion of the property. Park improvements could include wetland and woodland themed play structures, sports fields, picnic areas/shelters, abundant walking trails, environmental education interpretive signage, and boardwalks and viewpoints into the wetland ecosystem. The creek, a tributary of Fifth Plain Creek and a segment of Lacamas Creek watershed, also offers a potential destination and 3/4-mile expansion of the Regional Trail system. An elementary and middle school adjoin the property to the west/northwest that provide significant opportunities to partner in expanding community pedestrian interconnection, environmental education, and shared parking.