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 Puyallup is seeking $500,000 in RCO grant funding for the development of an all accessible playground to be located at the City’s newest park, Van Lierop Park. The 18 acre property was acquired by the City in 2015 and is the site of the former Van Lierop bulb farm. Phase 1 of the park development was completed in 2019 and includes a multi-purpose walking trail “Ernie Bay Connector” and connection to the Foothills Trail, a daffodil view corridor offering gorgeous views of Mount Rainier, benches, a small parking lot, site stabilization, and seeding which includes gorgeous wildflowers in the spring and summer months. Phase 2 of the project includes many amenities to include the playground, a multi-purpose turf athletic field, picnic shelters, restroom, sport courts, orchard area, splash pad, skate park features and additional parking. Currently, the City does not have funding or a definite time frame for Phase 2 development to occur. The addition of the playground now is a project that we feel would be utilized by the community and could bring enjoyment of the new park to a much higher level. Then new accessible playground would be farm themed and offer enjoyment for children ages 2-12. The playground will feature two custom barn play structures as well as a multi-spring tractor, swings, and more while honoring the long heritage of farming in the Puyallup Valley. This structure will serve the East Valley area of the community which is currently under served.