Franklin Park Development

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Tacoma Metropolitan Park District used this grant to renovate Franklin Park, a 20-acre community park located in the Central Neighborhood Area of the City of Tacoma. The district built a sprayground to replace a 58-year-old wading pool, and constructed a surrounding plaza and picnic shelter. The district added walking paths throughout the park to meet new standards for accessibility, installed a rain garden drainage system, expanded the community garden, installed park furnishings and landscaping, and upgraded parking and street access. The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project is active water play.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Tacoma MPD Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $500,000.00 Applicant Match: $536,039.00 Project Type: Development County: Pierce Legislative District: 27 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1288

Location Details

From I-5 take West SR 16 to Union Street exit. Turn right onto Union Street and go one mile to South 12th Street. Turn right and go one block to South Puget Sound Avenue. The park is on the right.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.