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 sites 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 area in the lower Yakima Valley provides access to the Yakima River, near Toppenish, Wapato, Buena, and Yakima. The scope includes installation of a toilet, parking, pathway, and fishing platform on Pond 4-all accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, the project includes improvements to the natural surface boat launch and path around Pond 4 for easier access and use. Finally, WDFW will build a hand-launch between Ponds 4 and 5 to give boats access to Pond 5. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project is water access for fishing and other recreational uses.