Here are events such as opening ceremonies, dedications, and ribbon cuttings for facilities funded through the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Winthrop Ice and Sports Rink Grand OpeningDate: December 1, 2016, 6 p.m.
Location: Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink, 208 White Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862
Grant Description: The Town of Winthrop used a $497,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant matched with $498,000 in local funds to improve the existing ice rink. Opening night ceremonies, including games and free skating, were held on December 1 to recognize and show appreciation for the 500+ individuals and businesses that donated money, labor, and materials for this project. The project includes an upgraded electrical system, refrigerated slab and ice plant. In addition, the existing building was renovated and expanded to include new restrooms, showers, changing rooms, a common sitting and viewing area, and storage. This project addressed two of the biggest risks to long-term operation: rink closures due to warm weather and an overcrowded changing area. In 2002, the Town of Winthrop used another $375,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant to buy land and build the ice rink. For 10 years previously, the local ice rink association erected a temporary ice rink every winter. To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 12-1123
Billy Whiteshoes Memorial Park GroundbreakingDate: November 10, 2016 9 a.m.
Location: Elwha Ball Field, Lower Elwha
Grant Description: Join the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe as they break ground on a new athletic field. The Tribe is using a $250,000 Youth Athletic Facilities grant along with tribal contributions of cash, land value, and donations of equipment, labor, and materials to construct the first developed, outdoor recreation facility on the reservation. This project will provide a competition-ready youth athletic field with a synthetic turf infield, backstop, dugouts, fencing, bleachers, restrooms, parking, picnic area, and landscaping. The Tribe hopes to host a variety of tournaments and sports camps for youth at the field. Competitions initially will focus on softball, but the site also will be suitable for soccer and middle school football.
To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 15-1346.
Bill Quake Memorial Park GroundbreakingDate: October 14, 2016 1 p.m.
Location: Bill Quake Memorial Park, 18501 59th Ave. N.E., Arlington
Grant Description: Join the city of Arlington when they break ground on renovations at Bill Quake Memorial Park. The city is using a $250,000 Youth Athletic Facilities grant along with funds received from Snohomish County and other local matching funds to renovate two ball fields. The renovation will include installation of synthetic infields and natural grass outfields, field dugouts, bleachers for spectator seating, and construction of a small storage facility for field equipment. The project also will develop and enhance accessible routes of travel from the fields to the parking areas. To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 15-1304.
Fir Island Estuary Restoration Ribbon CuttingDate: October 5, 2016 11 a.m.
Location: Fir Island, near Mount Vernon
Grant Description: The Department of Fish and Wildlife used a $12.4 million Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration grant to set back a mile-long coastal dike to restore the natural tidal flow of Skagit Bay to 131 acres of the 250-acre Fir Island Farm. The project is expected to restore about 125.5 acres of tidal marsh habitat and create 5 acres of new tidal channel habitat on site and an additional 12 acres of new tidal channel habitat in the existing adjacent marsh. The project is expected to increase the ability of the area to handle an estimated 65,000 juvenile Chinook annually. To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 14-1022
Washougal Waterfront Water Access Area Project Grand OpeningDate: September 23, 2016 2 p.m.
Location: Port of Camas-Washougal’s Park and Trail, south side of the Lewis and Clark Highway 14 and the 2nd Street intersection in Clark County
Grant Description: The Port of Camas-Washougal combined a $500,000 Aquatics Lands Enhancement Account grant with a $700,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Water Access grant along with $390,624 in local match funds to develop a 2.4-acre water access area on the last piece of publicly-owned Washougal waterfront. This project allows the Port to preserve the waterfront area in Washougal for the public and meet an underserved waterfront access need. The project included development of a paved and rocked trail to provide access to the Columbia River shoreline for non-motorized boaters and pedestrians; an adjacent parking lot with rounded staging area, for kayakers and canoeists; a large lawn picnicking area with outdoor classroom picnic shelter; a viewing plaza to enjoy the spectacular views, energy efficient restrooms, and interpretive kiosks and signs.
To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 14-1347.
Ilwaco City Park Improvements GroundbreakingDate: September 15, 2016 3 p.m.
Location: Lake Street S.E., Ilwaco
Grant Description: The City of Ilwaco will use a $150,000 from a RCO Recreation Grant for the first phase of the City Park renovation. This renovation will include relocation of the major park facilities to a more useable and safe location in the park. Plans also include installing new playground equipment, restroom, and picnic shelter, and making the parking, pathways, playground, and a picnic shelter near the front side of the park more accessible. To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 14-1729.
Sam Benn Park CelebrationDate: September 15, 2016 3 p.m.
Location: Burleigh Avenue, Aberdeen
Grant Description: The City of Aberdeen used an $112,743 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant matched with $114,744 in local match to renovate the tennis courts and adjacent sitting areas at Sam Benn Park. This project enables the city to continue to offer public tennis opportunities and open the area to large groups of spectators. The project included development of a sitting area above the tennis courts, re-grading and resurfacing of the tennis courts themselves, and construction of a new picnic area and block wall which serves as support for the hillside on which the tennis court is situated. To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 12-1152.
Ferry County Trail Ribbon CuttingDate: August 28, 2016 1 p.m.
Location: Kiwanis Trailhead, 257 Kiwanis Rd., Republic
Grant Description: Ferry County used a $98,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant matched with $99,000 in local funds to develop a 2.28-mile long segment of the trail along the west side of Curlew Lake and a 3.14-mile segment that passes through the town of Curlew, the second most populated town accessed by the trail. The project expands Ferry County’s current trail holdings and allows for a variety of non-motorized recreational uses including biking, walking, and winter activities such as cross country skiing.
The trail offers a safe non-motorized trail away from motor vehicle traffic and links the Golden Tiger Pathway and the City of Republic with Curlew Lake and the towns of Malo and Curlew to the north. Completion of this project provides a critical recreation opportunity for our local community and will attract visitors to Ferry County. This project enjoys broad community support including Ferry County Rail Trail Partners and the Kinross Gold Corporation.
To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 14-1677.
Cowlitz Public Shooting RangeDate: July 23, 2016
Location: The Cowlitz Game and Anglers Club, Castle Rock
Grant Description: On July 23, 2016, the Cowlitz Game and Anglers Club dedicated the Cowlitz Public Shooting Range and celebrated their success in providing a regional recreational shooting facility that is open to the general. The Cowlitz Game and Anglers used a $100,000 Firearms and Archery Range program grant matched with $100,000 in local funding to develop the second phase of the Cowlitz Shooting Range. This project is located 3 miles north of Castle Rock, in Cowlitz County. The second phase of development included installation of a range security system, construction of the pistol range and trap fields, general security lighting and pathways/walkways. Additional amenities provided include the construction of a clubhouse, installation of utilities, trap throwing machines, and liability insurance and permitting costs.
To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 12-1810.
Vancouver’s Grant Street Pier GroundbreakingDate: July 18, 2016 1 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Waterfront, park near Columbia Way and Esther Street and follow signs to the event location.
Grant Description: The Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department is using a $500,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant to build viewpoints, a fishing pier, pathways, festival lawn and gathering areas, informal play areas, and interpretive displays in a 7.3-acre park on the Columbia River in downtown Vancouver, west of the Interstate 5 Bridge. The project will transform a former industrial site into the city’s signature waterfront park, which will provide new public access to a half-mile of river shoreline. It will achieve the city’s vision to reconnect downtown Vancouver to the Columbia River with an active, recreation-oriented waterfront and re-establish public access that has been blocked for more than 100 years. The future waterfront park is part of a larger redevelopment of the downtown waterfront. The city and development partners are investing more than $5.5 million in first phase of improvements on shoreline restoration, pedestrian and bike access, and construction of a half-mile extension of the city’s Columbia River Renaissance Trail, which extends through this site. The department will contribute $1.3 million in cash and along with a $500,000 grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.
To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 14-1471
4-0 Ranch DedicationDate: May 26, 2016 10:30 a.m.
Location: 4-0 Ranch Wildlife Area, Asotin County (The ranch is next to the Umatilla National Forest’s roadless area to the north and U.S. Bureau of Land Management-owned canyon lands to the south.)
Grant Description: This dedication completes the fourth of a six-phase project by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and used three Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grants totaling $12.4 million to purchase 10,502 acres of a 12,000-acre ranch that is home to many plants and animals in Asotin County. This project conserves land that drains into the lower Grand Ronde River and is next to a U.S. Forest Service roadless area to the north and Bureau of Land Management-owned canyon lands to the south. The Department already has acquired 6,433 acres in the area. The land includes portions of Wenatchee Creek, Cougar Creek, and the Grande Ronde River, as well as a diverse array of land types, such as grasslands; stands of ponderosa pine, aspens, and curlleaf mahogany; wetlands; basalt cliffs; and talus slopes. The area is used by many animals, such as bull trout, Chinook salmon, Snake River steelhead, Rocky Mountain tailed frogs, golden eagles, Lewis’s woodpeckers, flammulated owls, bighorn sheep, gray wolves, and numerous game species This is the fourth of a six-phase project and enlarges the block of public lands available for wildlife watching, hunting, and fishing.
To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshots 14-1085, 12-1125, and 10-1613
Edmond’s Hazel Miller Spray Park OpeningDate: May 26, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Edmonds City Park, 600 3rd Ave. S., Edmonds
Grant Description: The City of Edmonds Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department used a $500,000 grant from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program to develop and restore the play area at the city's most notable and oldest park in downtown Edmonds. The City also built an interactive spray area and replaced worn-out playground equipment with accessible play structures. The spray area replaces the park’s wading pool, which has been closed since 2007. The City contributed $791,653 from a private grant, cash, and donations of cash.
To learn more about this project, visit Project Snapshot 12-1536.
Port of Waterman Public Pier Opening and Ribbon Cutting CeremonyDate: May 20, 2016, 2:30-5 p.m.
Location: Port of Waterman Dock, 4282 Beach Drive East, in south Kitsap County, 4 miles northeast of Port Orchard
Grant Description: The Port of Waterman received two RCO grants to replace a bulkhead, parking, signs, and a 90-year-old pier over Puget Sound. The bulkhead was crumbling and dilapidated structures threaten its ability to protect the shoreline and provide safe access. Waterman is one of only two public access piers in the area that don’t also serve boats. The pier is used for fishing, viewing the scenery, crabbing, scuba diving, beach access, and special events.
The Port of Waterman received a $500,000 grant from the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, and $575,000 in a RCO Recreation Grant.
The event will include welcoming remarks, introductions, words of gratitude, and a short speech from state Senator Jan Angel Port Commissioners Jack McCarn, Rod Reid, and Brian Moran, and former Commissioner Bob McGinnis will be on hand to officiate. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. when the pier will be opened officially for festivities and refreshments.
Spartan Athletic Field Groundbreaking CeremonyDate: May 17, 2016, 6 p.m.
Location: Spartan Athletic Field and Stadium, Forks
Grant Description: The City of Forks will use a $250,000 Youth Athletic Facilities grant to develop community athletic facilities on about 2 acres in the city at Forks High School, located one block east of Highway 101, on Spartan Avenue at C Street Southwest. Forks, in partnership with the Quillayute Valley School District, will be able to expand its capacity for youth football and soccer leagues and other community recreation events. The new fields will be created by replacing the grass field with synthetic turf and installing a drainage system. Read more about this project.
Hoquiam 9th and Levee Street Boat Launch and Moorage Ribbon CuttingDate: May 9, 2016, 4 p.m.
Location: 9th and Levee Street Boat Launch
Grant Description: The City of Hoquiam used a $525,000 Boating Facilities Program grant to develop and renovate about a half-acre of waterfront along the Hoquiam River, called the Levee Street boat launch, next to downtown Hoquiam. The City renovated the existing boat launch, added a boarding float, paved a parking lot, and added a walkway connecting parking to the boat launch. The boat launch will provide access to the Hoquiam and Chehalis Rivers during low tide and when the water is rough. Both rivers have robust salmon fishing. The City of Hoquiam will contributed $175,000. Learn more about this project.
Recreation and Conservation Funding Board Member Mike Deller (second from left) joined Everett dignitaries and community members for the grand opening of Senator Henry M. Jackson Park.
Sen. Henry M. Jackson Park Grand OpeningDate: April 30, 2016, 1 p.m.
Location: Sen. Henry M. Jackson Park, 3302 18th Street, Everett
Grant Description: The Everett Parks and Recreation Department used a $500,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant to design and renovate about 4 acres of the 15-acre Senator Henry M. Jackson Park. They built perimeter walking and jogging paths, a basketball court, a playground and tot lot, seating, lawn, community garden plots accessible to people with disabilities, and support amenities including lighting, parking, drainage, a rain garden, and interpretive signs. The overall goals were to update the park; improve functionality, safety, and accessibility; and help poor, diverse populations to gather, exercise, and produce healthy foods.
The community is engaged and united behind the project. There were numerous scoping meetings with the local community, which essentially designed the park. It’s a top priority for the parks department and is in Everett’s lowest income area, where more than ten languages are spoken. Outdoor recreation amenities in the area are dated and suffer from poor drainage. There is also an artistic history
piece that displays the legacy of the late Senator Jackson.
For more details about this project, visit Project Snapshot.
Lyre Conservation Area Grand OpeningDate: April 23, 2016, 12:30-4 p.m.
Location: Near Port Angeles
Grant Description: The North Olympic Land Trust used $3.4 million in grants from several programs (Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration, Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, and Marine Shoreline Protection) to protect forever just under 280 acres including the mouth of an intact river system from the mountains to the shore, a vital estuary, and a critical nearshore salmon migration corridor along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The area is used by Endangered Species Act listed Puget Sound Chinook Salmon and other listed salmon and steelhead. The land trust was to remove a house and some creosoted logs in the nearshore and plant the area, which is near the confluences of Nelson Creek and the Lyre River. Passive recreation by the public will be allowed. The land is adjacent to a Department of Natural Resources campground. Habitat types include estuary, nearshore, barrier beach, bluff-backed beach, continuous kelp beds, eagle habitat, small freshwater streams, and wetlands.
For more details about the latest grant, visit Project Snapshot
Taylor Mountain Trail DedicationDate: April 15, 2016, 11 a.m.
Location: Taylor Mountain
Grant Description: The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks used a Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Grant to develop a major trailhead and improve parts of a trail at Taylor Mountain Forest, a 1,884-acre site in eastern King County that borders Seattle’s municipal watershed. This project provided another trail access point to Taylor Mountain’s 22-miles of trails by building a new gravel parking lot and expanding the existing one. This resulted in parking for 30 cars and 25 truck/trailer combinations, including ADA parking. Additional trailhead amenities were constructed including an infiltration pond, a vault toilet, a kiosk, signs, and equestrian hitching posts and mounting blocks. In addition the trail was relocated and included drainage, surface improvements, and site restoration.
For more details about this project, visit Project Snapshot.
Richland’s Grand Opening of the Hapo Community Stage AmphitheaterDate: April 9, 2016, 10 a.m.
Location: 815 George Washington Way, Richland
Grant Description: Richland celebrated the opening of the amphitheater with an all-day event, with more than 20 performers, vendors, and food booths.
The Richland Parks and Recreation Department used a $300,000 RCO Recreation Grant to build a covered stage and amphitheater at the John Dam Plaza, which is in the city’s downtown and has served as the town square for community gatherings since the 1940s. The City will replace the flat grassy area and small raised knoll that has served as a stage for events by building a 1,200-square-foot covered stage along with a bowl-shaped grassed seating area for 2,000 spectators. The City also installed power to the stage and around the perimeter of the amphitheater for vendors participating in events there.
For more details about this project, visit Project Snapshot
Clover Island Boat Launch Ribbon CuttingDate: April 6, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Location:102 Clover Island Drive, Kennewick
Grant Description: The Port of Kennewick threw a grand celebration, complete with the Naval Sea Cadets Corps presenting the Colors, the U.S. Coast Guard launching the first vessel, a ribbon cutting, and a public reception to open the Clover Island Boat Launch. Watch the video. The Port had used a $238,146 Boating Facilities Program grant to improve the boating amenities at the Clover Island dock. Crews transformed a gravel lot into parking for boat trailers and added restrooms (where none existed), storage for maintenance equipment and supplies, and a wash down area and drain. They also create an overlook and picnic area with benches and educational signs.
The port’s 104-foot-long dock was renovated in 2010, but additional improvements were needed for an area used by more than 2,700 trailered boats this past year. The protected Clover Island marina is preferred over launching into the swift river at nearby launch sites. This was the third grant the Port has received from RCO to make improvements at Clover Island. In 2006, the port received a $144,339 Boating Facilities Program grant to replace the guest moorage, expanding the marina, improving safety, and making it accessible to people with disabilities. In 2008, the port used this $500,000 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account grant to restore shoreline habitat for salmon and develop a meandering, riverfront pathway along the island’s western shoreline.
For more details about the latest grant, visit Project Snapshot