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 South Bend will use this grant to develop a pocket park at the intersection of Willapa Avenue and First Street, in downtown South Bend. The City will lay grass, build a restroom, and install picnic tables, artwork, and interpretive signs. The park will be built on a vacant gravel lot, which was the site of the old city hall and fire station and now is used for parking. Turning this gravel parking lot into a pocket park will provide a much needed green space in town to serve the residents and employees who live and work nearby. South Bend will contribute $110,089 in cash, equipment, staff labor, materials, local and private grants, and donations of cash and labor.