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 City of Kent will use this grant to fund acquisition of property that will provide a location for a trailhead park at the south end of Mill Creek Canyon Park. Completing this public access at the south end fulfills a long-term goal of creating a pedestrian connection from downtown to the East Hill of Kent. Additionally, this location provides an important anchor for the Mill Creek Canyon trail system, which is currently part of the 6-year capital plan. Project scope includes property acquisition, demolition of an existing home and septic system, and grading the site for use as a public open space park.