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 Orting will use this grant to develop 3.5 acres of Gratzer Park, a 17.5-acre park along the western border of the city and next to the Puyallup River. The City will build a multi-purpose athletic field with access paths and a play area. This project will enable Orting to accommodate a greater range of youth and adult sports leagues, including football, soccer, and lacrosse. Community groups such as the Lions Club, Orting School District, Orting Lacrosse Club, and Orting Junior Cardinals strongly support the project. Orting will contribute $271,597 in a state appropriation, cash, and donations of labor and materials.