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 redevelop the water access site in the Sunnyside/Snake River Wildlife Area’s Interstate 82 Ponds Unit, known as the Ponds 4 and 5 Water Access Site. This popular fishing site in the lower Yakima Valley provides access to the Yakima River, near Toppenish, Wapato, Buena, and Yakima. The department will install a toilet, parking, pathway, and fishing platform on Pond 4–all accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, the department will improve the dirt boat launch on Pond 4 and the dirt path around Pond 4 for easier access and use. Finally, the department will build a boat hand-launch between Ponds 4 and 5 to give boats access to Pond 5.