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 Ilwaco will use this grant to renovate 3 acres of Ilwaco Community Park, which is at the east end of Lake and Spruce Streets in Ilwaco, in Pacific County. The park is the only park of its kind in the city. The City will focus renovation on the softball/Little League baseball field. The City will lay new grass in the outfield and resurface the dirt infield, replace dugouts and bleachers, move the basketball court, pave the parking lot, and lay concrete pathways. The city’s Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Plan has identified this project as the highest priority. In addition; community groups such as the Port of Ilwaco, Ilwaco Fire Department, and several local businesses have been fundraising for this project. Ilwaco will contribute $160,151 in equipment, staff labor, a local grant, and donations of cash and labor.