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 Snohomish County Department of Parks and Recreation will use this grant to build the second phase of a memorial park on the site of the deadly Oso landslide along State Route 530, 16 miles east of Arlington. The County will build a community gathering plaza and shelter and circulating pathways that take visitors through the memorial. The County also will install interpretive signs that explain what happened geologically, give tribute to the responders who assisted in the rescue efforts, tell stories from those rescued, and memorialize the 43 people who lost their lives. Additionally, the County will add benches, bollards, landscaping, retaining walls, and other small structures. The proposed development will give the many visitors to the site the opportunity to walk through the area and learn about what happened and understand the gravity of the event. The families of the victims have been intimately involved in the planning and fundraising for this memorial. Snohomish County will contribute more than $2.1 million in cash, a private grant, and donations of equipment, labor, and materials.