SR 530 (Oso) Slide Memorial Park

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

Snohomish County will use this grant to construct phase 2 of a memorial park on the site of the deadly Oso landslide along Highway 530 at Steelhead Drive, 16 miles east of the City of Arlington. Development will include a community gathering plaza and shelter, as well as circulating pathways that take visitors through the memorial. The park will provide interpretive signage that explains what happened geologically, give tribute to the responders (both professional and community) who assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts, tell stories from those that were rescued, acknowledge the community that was wiped out in the landslide, and memorialize the 43 people that lost their lives. Additionally, the project includes benches, bollards, landscaping, retaining walls and other small structures. The primary opportunity provided by this memorial is an educational and passive recreational experience, intended for people to gather, learn and remember this historic event.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Snohomish County Parks Dept Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $500,000.00 Applicant Match: $2,110,000.00 Project Type: Development County: Snohomish Legislative District: 39 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1686

Location Details

Turn northwest onto Steelhead Drive off of SR 530 to the worksite. Steelhead drive is approximately 16 miles east of the City of Arlington and 12 miles west of the Town of Darrington.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.