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.
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.