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 Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to create a 1-acre park in the Rainier Valley neighborhood of southeast Seattle, one of the most demographically diverse regions in the nation. The project will enhance this dense, urban, under-represented, residential, and commercial neighborhood by creating a community recreation and gathering space. The park design includes a fitness zone, barbecue and picnic amenities, plantings and trees, and pathways for strolling, jogging, or skating. Seattle will contribute more than $2.6 million in cash, council bonds, a private grant, and a grant from RCO’s Land and Water Conservation Fund.