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.
Spokane Valley will use this grant to buy 7.8 acres for a park in the rapidly developing Greenacres neighborhood. The property is farmland adjacent to 16 acres owned by the Central Valley School District. The city and school district will partner to develop a neighborhood park at a new elementary school. Spurred by the rapid transformation from rural to urban, the Greenacres neighborhood has been a constant presence at park plan meetings. Dozens of volunteers have arranged neighborhood meetings, circulated city questionnaires, and secured a private donation. There is an immediate threat of development of the property. Spokane Valley will contribute $306,176.