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 Richland Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to replace about 435 feet of the 5.2-mile Riverfront Trial through Howard Amon Park. The City will demolish the 8-foot-wide trail and lay concrete for a new trail that is nearly twice as wide. The City also will install trail lights and replace memorial benches along the trail. The 49-acre Howard Amon Park is in the heart of downtown Richland, along the Columbia River. This park is the city’s most used park and the Riverfront Trail is the city’s most popular trail. The heavy use of this trail along with its narrow width creates many conflicts between its users. Richland will contribute $100,000.