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 Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department will use this grant to build a sprayground at Woodruff Park, on Harrison Avenue Northwest in Olympia. The City also will remodel the park restroom and utility building, adjust the landscaping, build a covered picnic shelter, add paths and parking accessible to wheelchairs, and install seating, irrigation, and park furnishings. The renovation will relieve the city’s sprayground at Heritage Park Fountain, which was not designed to accommodate the amount of use it receives on hot summer days. This will be the first of several neighborhood spraygrounds across the city. Letters of support have been received from the Olympia School District, the Olympia Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, the Northwest Neighborhood Association and a nearby child care center. Olympia will contribute $446,380.