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 Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department will use this grant to buy 68.5 acres known locally as Kaiser Woods, southwest of Ken Lake in Olympia. The land would provide nature trails for hiking and mountain biking. Acquiring this property will protect one of the last large unprotected forested areas in the city. These parcels will provide a significant natural open space area in an area of the community currently lacking this type of experience. The purchase has strong community support including from the Friends of Capitol Forest, Coalition for Park Advocates, Olympia Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, and the Olympia Coalition for Ecosystem Preservation. Olympia will contribute $516,171 in voter-approved bonds.