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 Wonderwood Park project includes both new construction and rehabilitation of facilities constructed 30 years ago. The heavy use the park receives, combined with the natural deterioration of the improvements, makes it necessary for the city to replace existing facilities, as well as add to them to meet the new service demand. Rehabilitation at the community park would include: full reconstruction of 2 wood structure restrooms that the building officials have found to be structurally unsound; reconfigure the south parking lot for better circulation, control, and to provide 25 additional parking stalls; excavation of the soil from the infield of 2 youth baseball/softball fields and replace it with proper infield mix; and resurface 1,100 ft of asphalt walkways. Reconfiguration of the parking lot will require relocation of underground utilities. New construction to include: a restroom adjacent to the 2 athletic fields; a 40′ diameter picnic shelter and equipment; 1,800 ft of 8′ wide asphalt walkway; a new separate playground equipped for preschool children; a security gate for revised parking lot and 2 new park entrance signs. In 2002, Lacey voters approved bond funds to help refurbish the park. Wonderwood is one of only five partially developed parks (70 developed acres) within a community of 32,000.