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 youth of Lakewood have been consistent advocates of a skate park within the City. Lakewood is undertaking a process of youth involvement whereby the skating community helped design this skate park to meet their needs. The original plan was to develop the skate park in Fort Steilacoom Park. In response to a request from the Ciyt of Lakewood to locate the skating facility in a park site already owned by Lakewood, Interagency Committee Board Members approved changing the site to Kiwanis Park on March 9, 2000 as outlined in IAC Resolution 2000-08. Kiwanis Park is three acres with a variety of active and passive recreational uses. This skate park will be a state-of-the-art in-ground 10,000 to 12,000 square feet concrete structure serving skaters of all skill levels. This park will be a regional attraction, serving not only the youth of Lakewood, but the cities of Steilacoom and University Place as well. Both communities are within a few miles of the proposed skate park.