Elma projects funded under recreation grants

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) announced the award of more than $4.7 million in grants to help communities plan for outdoor recreation facilities.

The grants were awarded to organizations in 19 counties and ranged from $12,927 to $250,000.

“These grants support community efforts to invest in recreation by helping them take the first step and begin planning,” said Megan Duffy, RCO director. “We know that spending time outside provides so many benefits, such as improved health, less stress and better social skills. We think that everyone should be able to spend time in a park or on a trail and get those benefits. These grants will assist communities in getting started to provide those valuable outdoor amenities.”

Many of the grants will help smaller communities write parks and recreation plans, which then can be used to apply for construction grants, and some will help larger communities plan specific projects in areas that lack public parks.

Locally, the City of Elma was awarded $70,000 to hire a consultant to develop a long-range, comprehensive plan for parks, recreation facilities, and other open spaces. In addition, the City will hire a civil engineer and landscape architect to plan for a public pickleball/basketball court at the Summit Pacific Medical Center.

Projects were funded in the counties below:

County Award County Award
Adams County $195,000 Klickitat County $85,000
Benton County $162,708 Lincoln County $98,500
Chelan County $292,007 Multiple Counties $60,000
Cowlitz County $250,000 Okanogan County $250,000
Douglas County $165,460 Pierce County $213,000
Grant County $102,577 Skamania County $100,000
Grays Harbor County $70,000 Thurston County $188,480
Jefferson County $60,700 Whatcom County $103,450
King County $2,062,969 Whitman County $122,500
Kittitas County $88,150 Yakima County $109,700

The Legislature first funded the Planning for Recreation Access grant program in 2021 as a way to fund planning projects in communities that lack adequate access to outdoor recreation opportunities. The first round of grants were announced in February and the second round was funded by the Legislature in its session that ended in April.


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