Saddle Rock Gateway and Outdoor Education Area

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

This project completed the construction of the Saddle Rock Gateway and Outdoor Education Area Project at Saddle Rock. Saddle Rock is a year round outdoor recreation and education destination located in the Wenatchee Valley. From snowshoeing to horseback riding and hiking, the area is used by thousands of residents and visitors each year. Saddle Rock also is the site of the Wenatchee School District’s award winning, Shrub Steppen’ Up Program in which every 5th grade student in the Wenatchee School District visits the site and learns about the natural environment. Through this project, parking was developed to better serve visitors to the site. The project also included the installation of an ADA accessible trail, interpretive/educational stations, outdoor classroom, shade structures and restrooms. Native materials and drought tolerant landscaping, LED lighting and an electric vehicle charging station installed to increase the sustainability of the project. This project was supported by the Wenatchee School District, Chelan Douglas Land Trust, Dry Gulch Preserve, Alcoa and Lowes Foundations and the community. Over $450,000 was donated by the community as match for the project.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Wenatchee City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $469,848.14 Applicant Match: $469,848.14 Project Type: Development County: Chelan Legislative District: 12 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 14-1135

Location Details

Entering Wenatchee from the North on Highway 2, drive South into town. Veer right on to Miller Street. At the end of Miller Street, turn right onto Circle Street and go to the end of the road.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.