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 Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to renovate a multi-use playfield in Smith Cove Park, west of Pier 91 on Elliott Bay in Seattle. Poor drainage and mud make the field unsafe to use from October to April. The City will improve drainage and irrigation and grade and resurface the playfield to make it usable for youth lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and baseball. The park is used by residents of the Magnolia, Queen Anne, and downtown neighborhoods. Seattle will contribute $500,570 in cash, a local grant, a grant from the state Youth Athletic Facilities program, and donations of cash.