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 Port of Allyn will use this grant to buy 21.4 acres to conserve salmon habitat and to build a park. The land is next to Port-owned property and along Sweetwater Creek, which flows into lower Hood Canal near the Union River estuary. The area is important habitat for Hood Canal summer chum and coho. The Port of Allyn will remove an obstruction in the creek, giving salmon access to 1.2 miles of habitat. The Port plans to build a park, complete with restrooms, a fishing dock, a playground, and picnic shelter, at the site. The Port will restore an historic waterwheel and include interpretive displays in the waterwheel generator house about the importance of hydropower to the Pacific Northwest. The Port of Allyn will contribute $534,259 in federal and private grants and donations of cash, labor, land, and materials.