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 City of Gig Harbor will use this grant to create two multi-use synthetic turf fields with lighting, six regulation-size pickle ball courts with lighting, 250 parking stalls, a restroom and concession building, and playground. The goal is to provide all-weather fields primarily for youth sports leagues and a site where every resident can recreate. Gig Harbor has only three synthetic turf fields, and only two have field lighting. The synthetic turf will allow the fields to be used year-round, regardless of the weather. Gig Harbor will contribute $3.7 million in a state appropriation, park impact fees, potentially a grant from the state Youth Athletic Facilities program, and donations of cash.