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.
This project will provide much needed renovations to the Wagner Memorial Pool, bringing it up to date with safety and accessibility standards. The pool was built in 1966 with funds donated by the Wagner Family and is the only public pool in the Methow Valley. The pool is a popular summer recreation site and is used by the local swim team for training & meets. Currently the mechanical filtration system poses health & safety hazards, the tank cannot be drained & is in poor condition, the pool lacks ADA accessibility, and there is no wading area for familites with small children. The pool has long-standing public support. During recent planning efforts, Twisp residents placed an urgent priority on upgrading the pool to meet safer standards & better serve the community needs. Currently, a bequest in the amount of $250,000 from the Wagners is available for pool renovations. Renovation priorities include new mechanical systems; tank, deck, & bathhouse improvements; addition of a wading pool, water slide, bleachers, & lighting; and development of accessible bathrooms for use by pool & park users. With the accomplishment of this project, Twisp will be able to offer a wonderful summer recreation facility for families from the outlying area. Currently, the Wagner Memorial Pool is not ADA accessible, & correction of this problem is one of the primary reasons this project is being pursued. If pool renovations are completed, there will be no significant access restrictions.