Ward Lake Acquisition

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 Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department utilized this grant to buy 9.14 acres on Ward Lake for a public swimming beach. Given that the property may well have been the last site large enough for a community, freshwater swimming area, the City recieved a waiver to purchase the property and sought reimbursement through this grant. The lake is an aquifer-fed kettle; 66.8 acres in size, and has 1.3 miles of shoreline. This grant funded only the acqusition of the property, development of the site by the City of Olympia will occur in future phases.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Olympia City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $750,000.00 Applicant Match: $1,322,372.70 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1596

Location Details

From Interstate 5, take exit 103 for Deschutes Way. After .2 miles, take a slight right at E St. SW. Turn left at Capitol Blvd. SW and go .4 miles. Turn right at Custer Way SE, which becomes North St. SE after .1 miles. Continue on North for 1.2 miles. Turn right at Cain Rd. SE. At .1 miles, continue on Log Cabin Rd. SE for .4 miles. Turn right at Boulevard Rd. SE, and go .3 miles. Turn right at 42nd Ave SE, and go .3 miles to Ward Lake.

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.