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 Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Department will use this grant to build a half-mile, multi-use trail and a restroom in the proposed South Fork Regional Park, near the town of Acme. The trail will connect a trailhead near Mosquito Lake Road to the Nesset Farm, a historic homestead to the south. This trail connection is needed to provide public access to parks that are difficult to reach because of private property restrictions and proximity to forests being logged. The proposed trail will offer hikers, bicyclists, and horse riders a unique experience traveling through historic homesteads that date back late to the 1800s. Whatcom County will contribute $369,000 in equipment, staff labor, a voter-approved levy, and donations of cash, labor, and materials.