Twin Cities Projects Get Millions in State Capital Budget

April 30, 2019

Thanks to the hard work of Chehalis Parks & Recreation and support by Representative Richard DeBolt, Recreation Park in Chehalis will receive a much-needed upgrade. The project received a $500,000 Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program (WWRP) grant in the recently passed capital construction budget.


The much anticipated renovations at Penny Playground and other aspects of Recreation Park in Chehalis appear to have the green light following the passage of the 2019-2021 state capital budget which includes a total of $1.1 million in funding for the project.

“The credit on that project getting funded should to go (Chehalis Recreation Manager) Lilly Wall,” DeBolt said. “She came up to Olympia, testified and worked hard on it. When you have someone willing to be that kind of leader on a project, it makes it a lot easier, and I thought she was excellent.”

City staff and the Chehalis Foundation have partnered on a plan to update the park, which includes Penny Playground, a number of ballfields and miles of pedestrian pathways. Plans call for the construction of a new, more durable and inclusive playground, installation of turf infields on the baseball and softball diamonds, and upgrades to the lighting, play surfaces and drainage systems.

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