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 Wenatchee will use this grant to buy 51.76 acres of open land for recreation, habitat protection, education, and community safety at Kenzie’s Landing, in the foothills at the edge of town. The acquisition would preserve critical trail connections and provides access between publicly owned land and the community. The City also will develop a trailhead complete with restrooms, water, a picnic shelter, and other features. The land and trailhead will provide permanent access to more than 18 miles of existing trails. It also will improve emergency access by building the trailhead access drive and adding water. This project completes the highest priority trail project in Wenatchee and satisfies 28 of the city’s parks comprehensive plan goals and objectives. Wenatchee will contribute more than $1.4 million in cash, council bonds, staff labor, and donations of cash and land.