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 King County Parks and Recreation Division will use this grant to buy and develop a 5-acre urban forest threatened to be developed into apartments in a Glendale neighborhood, which has no public parks or greenspace. The purchase will protect a mature forest, wetlands, and a year-round stream that provides habitat for songbirds, raptors, and amphibians. The County will build a half-mile trail and install a bridge across the stream, kiosks, interpretive signs, and benches. Three blocks from an elementary and middle school, the forest is surrounded by homes and large apartment complexes. The County will contribute $433,564 in cash and Conservation Futures.