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 overall goal of this project was achieved by the San Juan County Land Bank with the acquisition of over 180 acres on Mount Grant, in the center of San Juan Island. This preserve provides outdoor recreational opportunities of public access for hiking and sightseeing. Members of the public with limited mobility may drive to the top of the 736′ summit on scheduled days throughout the year. Hiking trails have continued to be established by staff and volunteers. Removal of noxious weeds is an ongoing task, carried out by staff, volunteers of both the Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust. The Youth Conservation Corp of San Juan County has also participated in noxious weed removal . The property was purchased from the Lawson Ridge Development LLC with a Trust Deed and Promissory Note dated March 9, 2015, which was paid in full and re-conveyed on October 4, 2017. Additional properties were purchased from V. Lawson and R. Lawson LLC at the end of 2017.