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.
Federal Way will use this grant to convert a sand soccer field at Saghalie Park to synthetic turf. The new playing field will allow almost continuous use and reduce maintenance costs. More than 100 youth and adult teams, with about 1,700 members, play on Federal Way fields. Few teams want to play at Saghalie field because of its unforgiving surface, dust clouds, and drainage problems. Field use has dwindled to about 175 games and practices a year. With synthetic turf, an additional 1,600 games and practices are expected. Work will include removing the sand while preserving and supplementing the underlying drainage system. Permanent field lines will be tufted into the turf. The synthetic turf system will reduce environmental impacts by eliminating sand runoff and reducing herbicide treatment and chalk application.