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 Kennewick will use this grant to complete Phase II of multiple renovations to Kenneth Serier Memorial Pool (KSMP) and bathhouse located in east Kennewick. The original development of the current facility was completed with the support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund(LWCF 86-066 D) and remains as the only public pool in Kennewick, serving a population of 82,000. In addition to a reprieve from the regions desert summer heat, the primary outdoor recreational opportunities provided to the public include low cost swim lessons, open swim sessions, lifeguard training, novice swim team activities, and lap swim. Additionally, the KSMP is the primary aquatic facility for the competitive swim teams of the three local high schools and plays host to regional competitive swim meets. The Phase ll planned improvements include: new heat pumps for energy efficiency, a sunshade structure for protection from scorching UV rays, deck resurfacing to improve traction and reduce surface temperatures, an updated spectator viewing area and new exterior fencing for improved accessibility, and sanitary surfacing treatment of the concrete floors in the lobby, locker rooms, and guard room. The goal of this project is to enhanced the user recreation experience, provide site-wide surfacing improvements for increased safety, sanitation and maintenance, improve the spectator viewing experience, and provide environmentally responsible water temperature control measures.