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.
Clark County will use this grant to buy 160 acres, a half-mile north of Battle Ground on the East Fork Lewis River in central Clark County. The land will become part of a 12-mile, 2,200-acre park and greenway system on the East Fork Lewis River. It is a key link in the East Fork Lewis Regional Trail that connects Lewisville Park, the county’s oldest and most popular regional park, with Daybreak regional park and Paradise Point State Park. The primary goal of this project is to support hiking, walking, picnicking, bicycling, wildlife observation, and jogging. It also will help reduce a countywide regional park deficit that exceeds 1,000 acres. Clark County will contribute $1.3 million in donations of cash and conservation futures.