The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to renovate the Pond 4 and 5 public access site in the Sunnyside Wildlife Area, in lower Yakima County. The department will upgrade the toilets to be accessible to people with disabilities and pave the hand-launch area and fishing dock. The existing dock has surpassed its useful life and the site does not have a place to launch kayaks and canoes by hand. Boaters drag their boats down a steep bank to the water’s edge. To providing the hand-launch site, the department will slope the banks and provide more bank fishing. Pond 4 and 5 is open all year.