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, along with our state, local, and tribal partners is thrilled that our Sound View Park project is complete. The road to get here was long, and not always easy – but we have a beautiful park and open space for community enjoyment to show for it! A timeline of our project is as follows: Oct 2021: Construction contract awarded for demolition of the structures on site. Continued partnership with KPFF, consultants, and City for additional site design work and planning prep. November 2021: Received a time extension for this grant, through December 2022. January 2022: • Fill was placed over most of the APE and all construction equipment worked from that base • House was demolished: foundation walls and base were left and filled with gravel, then soil • Garage was demolished • A high-level site development plan was shared, along with a preliminary timeline for construction January/February 2022: Deck platform framing and construction February 2022: Native plantings decided upon with tribal input/language March 2022: Carvers/Artists sought through partner Tribes. Continued work with Muckleshoot historian for translation and project components April 2022: Story Stones project complete May/June 2022: Sound View Park open for public enjoyment Summer 2022: Entered into contract with Muckleshoot carvers for agreed upon Welcome Figure. 2023: Continued communication with Muckleshoot for progress checks on the Story Pole. February/March 2023: Story Pole completion and installation. Plans for an “official” ribbon-cutting, opening celebration at the park are in the works.

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: Active 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.