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.
Background The Town of Garfield Washington is a small agriculturally based community. With limited youth recreation facilities the Town’s pool facilities including the main pool and wading pool have been key attractions since the early 1980s. The pool represents the only source of aquatic recreation for the community with the nearest pool just under 10 miles away in Palouse on a rural highway. This facility is a key asset for the local community and serves as a regional recreation hub for swim team and swim lesson activities.While the facilities have been diligently maintained they have reached their 40 year design life. The main pool has experienced increasing leaking and the in pool lighting has been determined to be unsafe to turn on. The restrooms are far too outdated and require updating and modification to meet current pool facility and ADA standards. Finally, the wading pool is virtually unusable. Relining of the pool, renovation/replacement of the restroom/locker facilities, replacement of electrical lines, decking, fencing, and other site improvements as well as replacement of the wading pool with a splash pad would add decades of useful life to this facility. The objective of this project will be to add another 50 years of life to the facility. Using existing infrastructure as much as possible this project will maximize existing improvements to provide as many upgrades as possible for the least cost.