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.
Applicant Yakima County Flood Control Zone District, acquisition and development. Project serves a need for recreational opportunities in the underserved, lower income areas of North and East Yakima, and by expanding boating opportunities, along a larger 23-mile river system. Goal of the project is to provide open space recreation, shoreline access, boat access, and uses the existing access from US 12 and Greenway Trail. Acquisition purchases a 37 acre orchard with PSA completed and includes other parcels owned by FCZD and City of Yakima. Project includes design and construction. Design will focus on open space park w/ native vegetation, while preserving the ability for more intensive development in the future. Design includes 3 phases of development, an initial phase to improve access and safety, parking, conversion of the orchard and parts of the FCZD ownership to native vegetation. Phase 2 is construction of boat launch and shoreline access. Phase 3 is minor reveg and construction of the trails throughout the site along the Naches River. Project cost effectiveness and sustainability is linked to the Nelson Dam Fish Passage Improvement Project and the Naches-Cowiche Floodplain Restoration project which restore Cowiche Creek and Naches River channel and floodplains the Naches River on these parcels. Project improves floodplain and riverine habitats and allows for the restoration of lower Cowiche Creek and removal of passage barriers and false attraction flow.