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.
Pierce County Parks will use RCO grants to develop the 3.5-acre Half Dollar Park; a Neighborhood Park. The project site is currently undeveloped park land that is partially forested, and partially an open grass field. Half Dollar Park is located in the South Hill Community, within unincorporated Pierce County. To the east of the park is 94th Avenue East and to the south is 122nd Street East. The park is transected by the Pipeline Trail corridor, a regional paved non-motorized commuter trail connecting the City of Tacoma to South Hill. The Pipeline Trail will link multiple county parks and is a critical connection between existing regional trails. Development of Half Dollar Park provides vital recreation opportunities to the community and greater park system. Phase 1 of the Half Dollar Park project will provide parking, a restroom, benches, bicycle racks and a plaza on the south side of the Tacoma Water Pipeline to be used for Half Dollar Park and to serve as a future trailhead for the Pipeline Trail. The area north of the Tacoma Water Pipeline will be developed with a nature play area, Mt. Rainier picnic/viewing area, soft-surface bike skills course, and interpretive loop trail. Half Dollar Park was identified as a priority for recreation development in the Pierce County PROS Plan and has been identified to be used as a trailhead for the Pipeline Trail in the 2016 Pierce County Parks Fiscal Policy.