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The City of College Place will use this grant to redevelop and enhance the existing nine-acre Lion’s Park property, located on Southeast Larch Avenue. The park includes a number of dilapidated 1970’s era structures, including a baseball field and backstop, playground, restroom, concession/storage building and a picnic shelter which will be demolished. This grant will serve diverse age groups and abilities and allow the City to dramatically improve recreation opportunities to the rapidly growing community by incorporating accessible design features, including an inclusive playground, restroom, a paved ¼ mile walking loop with head to toe exercise equipment scattered along the way, and a new fishing dock (annual fishing derby w/85,125 anglers), along with restoration (dredging) of the existing fishing pond (stocked by WDFW) and naturalization of the pond shoreline where a severely sloping sidewalk now exists. Kids in College Place have no safe place to cool off so the project includes a spray pad!

In College Place the hot season lasts for 2.7 months , from June 19 to September 10 , with an average daily high temperature above 82°F and it will frequently have hot spells that will hit 100+°F. The City’s recreational needs assessment has identified this park as the highest priority, and the project has widespread support from community groups including the College Place Lions Club, Blue Mountain Community Foundation and the TriState Steelheaders.

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Fish Pond
Splash Pad 1

Playground 1