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 Monroe Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to convert to synthetic turf one baseball and one soccer field in the south end of Lake Tye Park. The renovated playfields will support play year-round, including baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, football, and rugby. The City also will install baseball and softball amenities such as improved backstop and covered dugouts, new electrical service and lights, and paved pathways. The playfields are used by the local community, for regional events, and by the adjacent elementary school. After 22 years of play, the grass fields are worn and have limited accessibility. Several community groups support this project including the Sky Valley Little League, which has donated $10,000. Monroe will contribute more than $2 milion in a state appropriation, cash, potentially a grant from the state Youth Athletic Facilities program, and donations of cash.