Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

Ellensburg proposes to continue the development of its 117 acre regional park, know as Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park. The project would provide additional recreational opportunities and special facility improvements. These include two regulation size sand volleyball courts; 1,320 square foot picnic shelter; a children’s water playground; and six additional upright barbecues. The project will also provide the following special improvements: automobile bridge over the creek, accessible toilet facilities (not currently available), portable water system (to include well and drinking fountain), trees to provide shade and winter protection, and accessible trail extensions to the picnic shelter, playground and other recreational facilities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Ellensburg Parks & Rec Dept Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $71,675.00 Applicant Match: $73,809.68 Project Type: Development County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 91-073

Location Details

Take the I-90 Ellensburg exit 109. Turn right onto Canyon Road. Turn left onto Umptanum Road. Travel eastbound on Umptanum Road for approximately 1 mile. The entrance road to the park is on the right side of Umptanum Road just before crossing over the Yakima River.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.