Friendly Grove Park

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

This application is for the acquisition and development of a 15.8 acre neighborhood park, Friendly Grove Park. Proposed facilities include a paved, barrier-free loop trail for off-street walking, biking or skating, a playground, picnic shelter and sites, a basketball court, tennis court, playfields, a restroom and a parking lot. Turf and landscape improvements will be made to improve play areas and to enhance the scenic beauty of the park. Olympia’s comprehensive plan recommends a neighborhood park within a 10-20 minute walk of every residence. As shown on the location map, this neighborhood does not have a park within the 1/2 mile service radius. During 1996, Olympia had the neighborhood associations nominate sites for neighborhood parks based on criteria developed by the community. Friendly Grove Park was acquired as a result of this process. In 1998, a park planning workshop was held with the neighborhood. The neighbors will continue to be involved in future park planning, design and management decisions.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Olympia City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $324,413.90 Applicant Match: $324,413.90 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 98-1196

Location Details

North on East Bay Road, east on San Francisco, north on Bethel, east on Miller, north on Friendly Grove to park site on 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.