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 Skagit County Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to develop its Northern State Recreation Area. The County will build a trailhead complete with a restroom, parking, interpretive trail, entrance monuments, signs, and picnic area amenities. In addition, a part of the day-use area will reflect the first and only park dedicated to veterans in all of Skagit County. The County will upgrade 1 mile of trail to be accessible to people with disabilities and will add a short .1-mile section to complete the loop. The Northern State Recreation Area is a 726-acre park that historically was farmland associated with the Northern State Mental Hospital. The park consists of a gravel parking lot, disc golf course, and about 5 miles of multi-use trails. Skagit County will contribute $306,338 in cash, another grant, and donations of labor.