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 Kent used this grant to acquire two parcels of land totaling 33.7 acres next to Soos Creek to serve as a trailhead to the regional Soos Creek trail and serve as a passive community park for residents in the Panther Lake area of Kent. The property is located within the City limits, in the newly annexed area of Panther Lake. By acquiring the property, the City is able to provide community park elements to an underserved area within the city while providing additional connectivity by enhancing access to the Soos Creek trail. The primary recreation provided by this project is for passive recreation with some active elements and regional trail access.