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 Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to convert one outfield from natural to synthetic turf in the Puyallup Valley Sport Complex. The converted outfield will attach to the synthetic turf infield, creating a completely synthetic turf field. This conversion will allow the field to be used year-round for a multitude of sports, including baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, and football. The field now is shut down in the fall and winter to prevent damage. Converting the field will increase use by more than 50 percent and provide play opportunities for an additional 1,850 youth. It also will allow Puyallup to offer a fully accessible playing surface for disabled athletes, the first in the city. This is the second phase of a larger project to convert all three fields at the complex to synthetic turf. Puyallup will contribute $461,150 in cash, potentially a grant from the state Youth Athletic Facilities program, and donations of cash.