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 in Lions Park. The new playground will replace unsafe 1950s equipment and grounds with safe play equipment and surfacing that are accessible to people with disabilities. The current play area will be redesigned for inclusion and efficiency, with landscaping and furnishings that offer shade and comfort during the hot Othello summers. The playground is geared towards children up to 12 years old. The project will benefit Othello’s large youth population, 35 percent of whom live in poverty. Othello will contribute $509,000 in cash, a grant from RCO’s Land and Water Conservation Fund, and donated cash.