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 Des Moines will use this grant to buy the Van Gasken property for a future park. This unique waterfront land features views of Puget Sound, Vashon Island, Maury Island, and the Olympic Mountains. The City will convert it into a park that connects the downtown marina district to the city’s waterfront, parks, and open space system. The park will enhance the pedestrian corridor, preserve environmental and cultural resources, and protect wildlife habitat for salmon, heron, and eagles. The land borders Des Moines Beach Park, a 21-acre National Historic District with tidelands; Des Moines Creek Park, a 43-acre open area with Des Moines Creek Trail (part of the King County Lake to Sound Regional Trail System); Overlook II Park; and the Des Moines Marina. The land has been owned by the Van Gasken family since 1883. Des Moines will contribute $696,287 in cash and conservation futures.