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.
Rainier Vista Community Park will be developed and include: 3 baseball/softball fields; 3 soccer fields; picnic facilities & shelter; playgrounds for pre-school and elementary age children; walkways; tennis and basketball courts; parking, restrooms; general landscaping; and the only skateboard facility in the city. In 2002, Lacey voters approved a bond issue to help develop this park. As a result, Rainier Vista will be the only fully developed community park in Lacey. The proposed development will meet some of the highest rated needs identified in the city’s Comprehensive Plan for Outdoor Recreation. Those needs include: development of property in city ownership; development of athletic fields; and provisions for general community park elements such as playgrounds and picnic facilities. Because the City has had to turn away both youth and adult athletic teams for lack of athletic facilities, the 864th Construction Combat Engineers from Fort Lewis initiated a “readiness training program” to help develop the park. Over 600 hours of training and a savings of $500,000 was the result of their efforts.