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 City of Washougal will use this grant to buy 17.88 acres once used by the George Schmid and Sons Construction Company. The Schmid Family Park is prized as having the last in-tact floodway on the lower Washougal River. The land has a gentle, southern slope and amazing views of the floodway and river below, and is best suited for trails, wildlife viewing, and access to the water. This purchase preserves the floodway for public access, protects the upland from development, and provides a link for an outstanding trail along the Washougal River. While this park is in near Hathaway Community Park, there are no other suitable community park prospects this large and with this character inside the northeastern city limits. Washougal will contribute $313,432 in cash and Conservation Futures.