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 revitalize its 1.26-acre Kiwanis Methow Park. The City will expand the playground, renovate a worn soccer field and basketball court, create a community garden, add walking paths with seating areas, install green infrastructure including lighting, and build restrooms. Reflecting the local culture, a new Latino kiosk pavilion will be the park’s central feature. In south Wenatchee, 13 percent of the city’s population is within a half-mile of Kiwanis Methow Park and 50 percent of households are low-income. The park serves more Latino residents (54 percent of the local population), more residents identifying as “other races” (32 percent), and more children (33 percent) than any other city park in Wenatchee. Wenatchee will contribute more than $1.3 million in staff labor, materials, local and private grants, a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, and donations of cash and labor.