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 Lakewood is requesting funds to acquire 1.17 acres of park land in the Springbrook area of Lakewood. The City owns two parcels of land in this area, one of each side of this property. The parcel we want to purchase separates the park properties, restricting our ability to connect park lands and allow residents easy access to both sites. By purchasing this site we can increase the park land in this area by 20% and connect all three parcels. Future improvements will be made to physically connect park sites, expand the park, and provide recreational opportunities. The Springbrook area is a physically, economically, and socially isolated area in Lakewood. The area is bordered by I-5 and McChord Air Force Base. Clover Creek runs through this area further dividing and isolating the neighborhoods. Seventy seven percent (77%) of the residents in this area are considered low/moderate income. There are no schools located in the vicinity to provide outdoor recreation space. Springbrook Park is the only developed open space resource for this community. The land is zoned multi-family and due to a family health crisis the owner intends to sell to the first interested buyer. A developer has approached the owner regarding purchase of this site. If this site is sold to a developer, apartments will be built and the ability to connect these areas will be lost forever.