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 Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department will use this grant to buy about 72 acres, locally known as the LBA woods, to develop a community park. The land is in southeast Olympia on Morse-Merryman Road, next to Little Baseball Association (LBA) Park. Buying the land will conserve one of the last large unprotected forested areas in Olympia. This project was the most requested project by the community and is a high priority in the city’s parks and recreation plan. The project has strong support from community groups such as the LBA Woods Coalition, Coalition of Parks Advocates, and Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation. While most of the park will be used for passive recreation, a portion of the site may be used for active recreation such as athletic fields. Olympia will contribute more than $3.8 million from another grant and voter-approved bonds.