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 Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf Department and the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to buy 250 acres on Beacon Hill, connecting existing parks to create a contiguous 566-acre urban regional park. Located in the heart of Spokane County and the city of Spokane, Beacon Hill has been at the epicenter of mountain biking in the region for decades as well as a popular neighborhood area for hiking, dog-walking, trail running, and more. This project not only will preserve miles of trail but also an urban space that serves one of Spokane’s most distressed and disadvantaged neighborhoods. The County will contribute more than $2.3 million in Conservation Futures, a private grant, a grant from RCO’s Land and Water Conservation Fund, and donations of labor and land or property interest.