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 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.