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 Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department will use this grant to buy 59 acres to expand a community park, known locally as LBA Woods. Acquiring the land will conserve one of the last large unprotected forested areas in the city. This property was purchased under a Waiver of Retroactivity and a payment is due in 2019. Olympia will contribute more than $4.6 million in voter-approved bonds.