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 Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District will use this grant to develop a splash pad in the 72-acre Gateway Park, on the north end of Key Peninsula. There are no splash pads in the service area; the nearest one is more than 14 miles away in Tacoma and requires paying a toll. This splash pad also will be the only place in the Key Peninsula area where people with disabilities can play in the water, unassisted, on an accessible surface. The park district will contribute $497,800 in cash, another grant, and donations of cash and labor.