OLYMPIA – The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will recognize two Tacoma agencies next week for outstanding outdoor recreation projects.
Both the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Metropolitan Parks District racked up top scores in state and national competitions for grant funding in programs administered by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.
“These projects scored well because they addressed a community’s need to provide places for people to recreate,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office. “The grant programs are very competitive and only the best projects score well enough to be funded.”
|The City of Tacoma was awarded a $750,000 grant for its project to build a boat moorage float on the Foss Waterway, which was a top project in the national competition for funding under the Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG) program.
BIG grants use funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service for developing and renovating
City officials plan to use the grant to build 400 lineal feet of a concrete float, with utilities, for guest moorage of larger boats on the waterfront.
The Tacoma Metropolitan Parks District garnered the highest score in a statewide competition, earning it a $231,000 grant to buy the last remaining privately owned waterfront property in Wapato Park. The park district scored the highest of 27 projects competing for funding under the water access category of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
|The Legislature created the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program in 1990 to buy land before it was developed, and to create outdoor recreation areas for the state’s growing population. The park district will use the grant to buy about a quarter of an acre, completing its plan to buy all the privately owned land within the park. The property provides the public with the missing 45-foot link along the shoreline that will|
- Tacoma City Council
Tacoma Municipal Building, council chambers
747 Market St., Ste. 1200
- Tacoma Metropolitan Parks District 6 p.m., Nov. 23
4702 S. 19th St.