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 Town of Winthrop used this grant to acquire 142 acres of open space to ensure public access to a network of walking trails across an iconic shrub-steppe hillside that provides opportunities for local residents and visitors to enjoy walking, photography, bird and wildlife watching, scenic views of the North Cascades, and education. The property also provides valuable Mule Deer winter range owing to its Southwest aspect. The primary recreational opportunity provided by this grant is nonmotorized recreation, especially walking and nature viewing.