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 Bothell will use this grant to buy 26 acres owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in north Bothell. The land has about 2 miles of informal trails that are used by the public. If not purchased by the City, the land is at great risk of being sold and developed into housing. Forests in cities are rare, especially one near 9,000 students at the University of Washington Bothell campus and 185,000 people within a 10-minute drive. The City has partnerships with three nonprofit groups that support the land purchase: the Friends of the Shelton View Woods, Friends of the North Creek Forest, and OneBothell. Bothell will contribute more than $2.5 million in cash, Conservation Futures, and a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.