Van Gasken Sound View Park

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Des Moines City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $ 684,632.00 Applicant Match: $ 696,287.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 33 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1612

Location Details

The property is located at 402 S. 222nd St. Des Moines, WA 98198 Southbound I-5- Take the Kent/Des Moines Exit 149. Northbound I-5- Take the Des Moines Exit 149B. Both directions: Turn right onto WA-516 W/Kent Des Moines Rd (signs for Des Moines). Continue 1.9 mi, then veer right onto Marine View Dr S. (Boat storage and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers will be on the left). Proceed to S 223rd St. and turn left, then turn right onto 5th Ave. S. The property is straight ahead at the corner of 5th Ave. S. and S. 222nd St.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.