WENATCHEE - A $500,000 grant has been awarded to the city of Wenatchee for the renovation of Lincoln Park. Located in Wenatchee’s south side, the 18-acre park will get a facelift in the form of a new BMX biking track in an underused area in the park, a group picnic shelter, new playground, a splash pad, a new stage and the improvement of walkways, parking areas and landscaping.
Wenatchee is one of several municipalities to receive the award. The grant money comes from Washington’s State and Recreation and Conservation Funding Board via the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Conservation officials say the project will “create a vibrant recreation hub in the most culturally diverse and lowest income portion of the city.” The aim of the project is to develop active play elements to help combat the area’s above average childhood obesity rates.
The city of Wenatchee will contribute more than $1 million in cash, staff labor and a grant from the state’s Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program as well as donations of cash and labor.
Parks and Recreation and Cultural Services Director Dave Erickson says Wenatchee's city council is expected accept the grant funding soon with engineering on the project set to begin in late 2019, early 2020. If all goes according to plan, Erickson says construction on park renovations and improvements will begin in spring of 2021 with completion slated for spring of 2022.