Yelm Highway Community Park Acquisition

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The City of Olympia will use this grant to acquire approximately 60 acres that will be used to develop a community park. The property is in Olympia’s Southeast Urban Growth Area on Yelm Highway near Wiggins Road. In the future, this park will likely include athletic fields and other park amenities. The primary opportunities provided by this project are active and passive recreation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Olympia City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $1,000,000.00 Applicant Match: $5,578,615.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 35 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1534

Location Details

From downtown Olympia, go south on Capital Way S. Turn left on Custer Way SE, then right on Cleveland Ave SE. Continue onto Yelm Highway SE. The property is on the right (south) side of Yelm Highway SE after Rich Road SE but just before Wiggins Rd. SE. There is a berry stand and signage identifying the site as Spooner Berry Farms.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.