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 will use this grant to buy 139 acres of rolling hillside along the eastern edge of town, fulfilling a significant goal of protecting undeveloped land and ensuring public access to a network of walking trails across an iconic shrub-steppe hillside. The landowner is selling the property for development of up to 275 homes. With the threat of a sale looming, the Methow Conservancy purchased the land until Winthrop could get funding to buy it for a public park. Following acquisition, Winthrop will work in partnership with the Methow Conservancy and Methow Trails to develop access, parking, and a network of walking trails on the land. As a park near neighborhoods, the land will provide opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy walking, photography, wildlife watching, scenic views of the north Cascade Mountains, and education on shrub-steppe habitat. The land also provides valuable mule deer winter range. Winthrop will contribute $326,900 in a private grant and donations of cash and property interest.