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 acquire a 0.67 acre water view property which adjoins Des Moines Creek Park and Overlook II Park. The subject property includes views of the Puget Sound, Vashon Island, Maury Island, and the Olympic Mountains. In the future, the site will be developed into a park enhancing the pedestrian corridor, preserving environmental and cultural resources, and protecting wildlife habitat that includes salmon, heron, and eagles. The primary recreational opportunities provided by this project include passive recreation such as waterfront viewing and walking.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Des Moines City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $ 684,632.00 Applicant Match: 696287 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.