Greg J. Cuoio Community Park

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The City of Lacey acquired 67.75 acres, approximatley 47.57 upland acres for future development of a community park named Greg J. Cuoio Park and approximatley 20.18 acres of riparian area and buffer. The property is located within the City of Lacey Urban Growth Area off Carpenter Road and 26th Ave NE/Pleasant Glade Rd. NE. By acquiring this property, the City will unify 31.55 acres in 4 parcels of city-owned undeveloped park land that lies immediately to the west, and 340 acres of undeveloped open space that lies to the north, south and east. This acquisition will allow the City to develop a large community park with both passive and active recreation amenities, improve water quality in the Henderson Inlet watershed, and to preserve the wildlife corridor along Woodland Creek. Future development will be phased, with the first phase to include a natural surface trail and crushed rock parking area. The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project will be a mix of passive and active recreation facilities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Lacey Parks & Rec Dept Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $1,000,000.00 Applicant Match: $1,044,542.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1690

Location Details

Take exit 109 off I-5, and turn east onto Martin Way East. Go approx. one mile to Carpenter Rd. and turn left (north). Carpenter Rd. ends at Britton Parkway NE, turn left (west). Make a quick right turn (north) onto Carpenter Rd. NE. Go approximately 1/4 mile. The site is on the west side of Carpenter Rd. NE. In the center of the site, a dirt road runs east and west across the center of the site, toward the west and Woodland Creek. Pull in here.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.