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 Bremerton will use this grant to upgrade the Warren Avenue Playfield, an aging 2-acre neighborhood park with an unpaved parking area, outdated sports field lighting, cracked and aging restroom, and a substandard children’s’ playground near a busy traffic intersection. Currently no part of the park is accessible to people with disabilities. The City will develop pathways that will allow people with disabilities access to updated park amenities including a paved parking lot, children’s’ playground, restroom, shelter, and enhanced entry built from community member-purchased donor bricks. The City also will install lights and a backstop at the sports field. Bremerton will contribute $498,000 in cash, staff labor, a local grant, potentially a grant from the state Youth Athletic Facilities program, and donations of cash.