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 Town of Wilkeson will use this grant to buy and install new playground equipment and wood chip ground cover, create pathways and parking accessible to people using wheelchairs, and level the play field. The park has the town’s only playground, and the current play structures are old and falling apart. Roosevelt Park was the site of low income apartments in the 1930s. While the apartments were demolished by 1970, historic sidewalks and stairs still exist around the play structures. The sidewalks will be kept for a historic setting and an interpretive plinth will be added. Older sidewalks will be widened by adding adjacent hardened paths. In the play field, the Town will remove the sidewalks and curbing that obstruct safe play, add topsoil, and hydroseed. Wilkeson will contribute $43,122 in cash, local and other grants, and donations of cash, equipment, labor, and materials.