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.
Vista Park has been a part of Wahkiakum County since it opened in 1981. It is by far the largest, and one of only few spaces for outdoor recreation in the community. The park offers camping, a public beach along the Columbia River, boat ramp, sports fields, showers, and immersion in a wonderful community with an amazing history. The Vista Park Nature Trail Foot Bridge Project is a development of an existing trail on Port property with access from the North Western part of the park. Currently the Port’s trail is the only public hiking trail in Wahkiakum County making it a vital asset for outdoor recreation. Since its development the trail has had a section, approximately 400 yards from the start, that is only accessible by climbing up a hillside with the aid of a rope. Our hope is to install an approximately 60′ footbridge, allowing not only more access to the remaining parts of the trail, but also more access for our staff to maintain the trail. When completed, the trail would be approximately one mile long, with the end coming out onto a secluded pebble beach. Increasing accessibility, and additional outdoor recreation opportunities for our county is our ultimate goal, and this foot bridge would go a long way to accomplishing that. Once completed, we also plan to expand the current trail system, encompassing more of the Port owned land. We hope to add a loop system, taking visitors through different areas of the park, expanding their experience.