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 Little Brook Park project is a community initiated, community led project to construct a new vision for a roughly one-acre park in the Little Brook neighborhood of Northeast Seattle. The surrounding area represents a high density, diverse, low income area with very little open space. This park is the only publicly accessible green space within the neighborhood. The project goal is to redesign Little Brook Park to further enhance the environment and to better fit the needs of the neighborhood. Local organization Lake City Collective (LCC) has organized residents to discuss desired amenities and park activation features that will result in residents feeling welcome and safe in the park. SPR and LCC’s shared goal is to create a new design for the park that better responds to the needs of the growing neighborhood and encourages positive activation and environmental stewardship of the stream. A separate project will provide interpretive signage to message water quality related to the stream. Another project will complete the street frontage as a park extension. The community is also looking at other nearby acquisition opportunities to address the local demand for open space. The project includes a community garden, seating walls, a central turf lawn for recreation and gathering, site furnishings including picnic tables and grills, and a looped exercise walking path all interwoven in nature under preserved large trees with views of the stream.