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 Westport will use this grant to develop a public Skatepark and Pump Track in the heart of town at Druzianich Park. The facility, designed by Grindline Skateparks Inc, will challenge individuals of all skill levels using wheeled recreational devices. It will be constructed of concrete for durability and low maintenance. This facility will be the first of its kind in the rural coastal community of Westport, filling a need for an outdoor space where the children of our community can enjoy activities such as skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, and scooters. It will serve the health and wellbeing of locals and visitors alike of many age groups, providing a safe place where camaraderie and life long relationships will be built. Design elements were carefully thought out to reflect the culture of our local community bringing a sense of pride into the construction of this facility. Multiple locations were considered in the preliminary site visit assessment. Druzianich Park was favored for accessibility, visibility, and location which is ideal for our community as it is on the Grays Harbor Transit line and near our local grocery store. In addition, the facility will be adjacent to our local library and little league field, and just under 2 miles from our local schools. This is an essential outdoor facility for the City of Westport that is supported by the local community – a true public amenity that will be free for all to use.