OLYMPIA – The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office will recognize the City of Mossyrock at a special presentation Thursday for its outstanding Klickitat Prairie Park project.
The City of Mossyrock was successful in its 2011 quest for funding in the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund program, which was created in 1965 to help states buy and develop outdoor recreation areas. The City competed against other entities from across the state and was ranked Number 1 and awarded a $335,000 grant.
Mossyrock is using the grant to develop Klickitat Prairie Park. The City will build a play and fitness area, parking, walking trails, community gardens and picnic areas. The park connects to the community center, city hall, and police department and provides access to Klickitat Creek, which runs through the property.
“These grants are very competitive,” Cottingham said. “To ensure that only the best projects get funded, the applicants had to show the projects were needed, supported by their communities and were reasonably priced and well designed. The Mossyrock project did all that. The Klickitat Prairie Park is an outstanding example of what a small community with dedicated employees and the support of its residents can do. The then Police Officer Rebecca Sutherland recognized the need for a place kids could hang out other than the town tavern and restaurant. The work she’s done to pull the funding and community together is really quite remarkable.”
Cottingham will present a symbolic check to the Mossyrock City Council at the council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the Community Center, 221 E. State St., Mossyrock.