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 Snohomish County Department of Parks and Recreation will use this grant to improve access into the heavily-used Flowing Lake Park and to build three cabins. Flowing Lake Park is less than an hour from Seattle and offers access to beautiful trees and natural areas, camping, hiking, lake-front beach access, and a boat launch. The park is extremely popular and summer camping is typically fully booked by March of each year and, in the summer, boat launch parking is filled by 10 a.m. and day-use parking is filled by noon on Saturdays. Flowing Lake’s current entrance is only one traffic lane, does not provide good access to staff, is confusing, and is entirely lacking in accessible services. The County plans to reconfigure the entrance to provide two lanes of entry, relocate the ranger office to the entrance, correct the circulation, and provide access for people with disabilities. The cabins will be built by Darrington High School students in a trades program, which is focused on providing real-life work experience to students. Snohomish County will contribute $709,407 in cash and a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.