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 Ferndale will use this grant to develop an outdoor skate and bike park with landscaping and a restroom, south of downtown in Pioneer Park. Ferndale is one of the fastest growing cities in the state but has few recreational amenities for teenagers, aside from organized sports. With the planned improvements to the adjacent BMX park, this facility will improve the outlook for Ferndale’s youth. This park, tentatively titled “Metalworks Skate Park” will pay tribute to the community’s industrial heritage. Ferndale is home to the Cherry Point industrial businesses and an aluminum smelter, which employs hundreds of residents. Ferndale will contribute $68,480 in park impact fees.