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 Washougal will use this grant to buy and develop land in the city’s center along the Washougal River. The land not only will provide convenient recreation opportunities for residents on the east side of town, but its location next to greenway properties will provide a gateway to the Washougal River. The City will pave a path circling the upper park that will connect to gravel trails and to a trail to Hathaway Park. The City will build a construction company-inspired playground that will pay homage to the site’s previous use as the George Schmid and Sons Construction Company. The City also will install picnic areas and a pavilion for gatherings and public events, restrooms, and parking. The park may include a hillside slide, sloped climbing wall, and small disc golf course. Washougal will contribute $304,745 in cash and another grant.