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 Lakewood will use this grant to improve access on the southeast end of Fort Steilacoom Park, a more than 350-acre regional park in Lakewood. The City also will pave a parking area, improve two trailheads and trail surfacing, add new pedestrian trails, expand the Discovery Trail interpretive program, and add a restroom, signs, landscaping, and site furnishings. The improvements will provide new and upgraded access to park amenities, including a 24-acre dog park, 30-acre Waughop Lake, a historic cemetery and barns, sport fields, and event venues. Lakewood will contribute $571,312 in cash and donations of cash.