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 Covington will use this grant to buy 1.7 acres to expand SoCo Park (short for South Covington Park). The grant will also fund demolition of existing structures, fencing, weed control, and signage. The two parcels to be acquired are next to the park and in a high-demand area for commercially developable land. The City plans to use the land for open lawns, trails, pickleball courts, play spaces, park shelters, restrooms, and parking. Purchase of the land will protect environmentally sensitive areas associated with Jenkins Creek and provide for a future segment of the Jenkins Creek trail that will run through the city connecting neighborhoods and commercial centers. The primary recreation opportunities provided by this project are passive and active recreation.