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 Wenatchee will use this grant to complete the final phase of development the nearly 5-acre Hale Park, which is nestled between the Apple Capital Recreational Loop Trail, Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad, and the Columbia River, in south Wenatchee. The City will build a picnic shelter, add a children’s play area, and build a long-requested skate park. In addition, the city will add parking, paths accessible by wheelchairs, security cameras, and restrooms. This is the City’s top priority park project. The park is in the most ethnically rich area of the community with a population that is 54 percent Hispanic and also the area with the highest poverty level at 50 percent of households. More than 33 percent of service area residents are children. The park has views of the river and provides pedestrian connections to East Wenatchee by a historic pedestrian bridge. Wenatchee will contribute $635,000 in cash, staff labor, materials, a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, and donations of cash.