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 Othello will use this grant to develop “Pride Rock Playground”, a new destination outdoor recreational area in Lions Park. Comprising nearly one acre, the project will replace unsafe 1950’s-era equipment and grounds with ADA-compliant, appealing, and safe play equipment and surfacing. The currently sprawling area will be redesigned for inclusion and efficiency, with landscaping and furnishings that offer shade and comfort during the hot Othello summers. The primary recreational use will be by children 12 years old and under, accompanied by their families, teachers and day care providers. The state-of-the-art playground will meet our objective of providing free, safe and accessible outdoor recreational activities for the entire community. The project is especially important because it will directly benefit Othello’s large, underserved youth population, 35 percent of whom live in poverty.