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 Everett Parks and Recreation Department used this grant to renovate four baseball/softball fields at the Phil Johnsen Complex, located in south Everett. The fields were converted to multipurpose synthetic surface fields that allow year-round play for baseball, softball, youth soccer, and youth lacrosse. LED sports field lighting was installed. Accessibility improvements were incorporated throughout the site, including field markings for adaptive softball/baseball play. A new paved access road and parking lot was constructed adding additional parking. The primary recreational activity provided by this project continues to be youth athletic play.