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.
Skamania County, in cooperation with the Stevenson Downtown Association, will use this grant to complete phase one of a comprehensive parks and pedestrian access program by redeveloping ten parcels of commercially zoned land into a protected central park plaza. The plaza will include an amphitheater, picnic areas, grand vistas, a pathway, and a rain garden for improved storm water filtration. This project creates unique recreational opportunities currently absent in Skamania County while enhancing pedestrian connection to the Columbia River. Throughout the summer season, the Gorge is a phenomenal tourist attraction and this project will alleviate pressure points, draw tourists into the commercial core, and provide a year-round, universally accessible cultural venue for residents and tourists alike. Skamania County will contribute $222,800 in a private grant and donations of cash and materials.