LBA Woods Morse-Merryman Parcel Acquisition

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Olympia Parks, Arts & Rec Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 3881500 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1359

Location Details

From I-5, take exit 107 for Pacific Avenue. Turn left onto Pacific Ave SE. In .3 mi turn right onto Fones Rd SE. In .6 mi at the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto 18th Ave SE. In 0.1 mi at the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Hoffman Rd SE. In 1 mi turn right onto Morse-Merryman Rd SE. In .3 mi turn left into LBA Park. (The parcel fronts Morse-Merryman road immediately to the east of LBA Park. There is no parking along Morse-Merryman Road in front of the site. The best place to park is at LBA Park at 3333 Morse-Merryman Road SE.)

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.