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 Centralia will use this grant to redevelop an outdoor pool and build a new pool house on North Pearl Street. In the first phase of construction, the City is building a memorial plaza with a restroom and dry-deck fountain north of the existing pool house. In this, the second phase, the City will demolish the aging pool house, surrounding asphalt and concrete areas, and fencing, then build a new outdoor pool house, replace the pool’s plumbing, and add decking and fencing around the pool. The City also will buy mechanic equipment and refurbish the existing pool. The pool, also known as the Pearl Street Veterans Pool, was built in the 1950s. While the pool has been maintained and even updated in the 1980s, the age of the pool and weatherization has finally caught up with it. In 2011, the City closed the pool. Centralia will contribute more than $1 million from a federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant and donations of cash.