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 primary objective is to secure 42 acres of land for a major athletic field & park complex, a facility blending active sports with restored natural areas & passive recreation, serving to connect residential areas with trails, & functioning as an element of the Squalicum & Bay to Baker Trail greenways. With preexisting park tracts the project will expand an existing park & trail system, creating an assembly over 47 acres. A secondary objective is to protect, preserve & enhance the riparian lands on Squalicum Way, an important scenic drive, & on Squalicum Creek, the City’s most productive salmon stream. The site is centrally located in the urban area & can be well served by transit, trails & a major arterial street. The main 35-acre tract is a former sand & gravel pit mined to form a well-drained, amphitheater-like “bowl” with vertical separation from the surrounding neighborhoods. A significant water right & extensive springs can be used for water features, operations & fishery enhancements; the depth of the water table & the sandy soil make the site ideal for athletic fields. Athletic fields can be set in an envelope of restored wetlands, forested slopes, fishways, fish & wildlife habitat & trails. At this unique site provision of a busy park & very active recreation facilities & parking represents reclamation & enhancement, rather than consumption of biologically & aesthetically valuable shoreline, fields & forest.