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 Lakewood will use this grant to improve the 27-acre Wards Lake Park. The city will build a paved, pump track, a fenced 3-acre dog park, and 1 mile of loop trail, accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, the City will enhance the park’s wetlands, oak prairie, and forest. Finally, the City will improve pedestrian safety and add public art at the main entrance. Lakewood will contribute more than $1.4 million in cash and grants from RCO’s Land and Water Conservation Fund and RCO’s Youth Athletic Facilities program.