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.
Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services will use this grant to buy 7 acres to expand Frontier Park, near Graham. At 64 acres, Frontier Park is undersized for the type and amount of use that occurs there. State Route 7 borders the park on one side and commercial and residential development border the park on the other three sides. The proposed 7-acre addition is the only undeveloped property next to the park and the last chance to expand the site. With the purchase of the land, Pierce County could add .83 mile of walking trails to create a 1.6-mile looped trail that runs along the perimeter of the park. Frontier Park is the only public park in the Graham Community Plan Area, with a population of roughly 40,000. The park functions as both a community park for the surrounding neighborhoods and as a regional special events center. Pierce County will contribute $510,429 in cash and conservation futures.