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Almost three-quarters of a million dollars in grants is Coming to North Central Washington from the State Recreation and Conservation office to begin the planning work on various trails and parks.

The Manson Parks and Recreation District will get 150-thousand dollars to conduct a planning effort at Singleton Park and Willow Point Park to improve access and use of the parks. This effort will identify the shortfall in facilities and recreational opportunities, define access limitations, complete preliminary permitting and environmental and engineering services, and develop a collaborative action plan to secure funding for improvements.

The Orondo School District will use a 20-thousand dollar grant to pay for plans and permits for the construction of a playground and learning center for students in preschool through high school. The playground equipment and center would capitalize on the growth and development of gross motor skills and physical fitness, and provide sensory activities and access for all students, especially those with disabilities.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is getting 60-thousand dollars to develop a public access plan including conceptual designs for three trailheads in the Wenatchee Foothills. The land trust will conduct community outreach, hire contractors to advise on location selection, develop schematic designs and construction documents, and ensure access to the sites is broadly inclusive. The plan is expected to provide opportunities for visitors to experience habitat along waterways and provide access north of the urban growth area of Wenatchee.

Chelan County, in partnership with the Peshastin Community Council, will use a 35-thousand dollar grant to engage the community, evaluate outdoor recreation alternatives, and develop a preferred alternative for development of the Peshastin Mill site. The sixty-five-acre will be the site of a Peshastin Community Park.

The Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group will use a 107-thousand dollar grant to plan an interpretive trail that will take visitors through a lifelike landscape that salmon travel through from headwater streams to the Pacific Ocean. Funds will be used to hire a landscape architect to convene stakeholders, finalize the trail design, and develop construction cost estimates. Once built, visitors walking the trail will be able to interact with the challenges salmon face during their journey while observing local wildlife and geology and regional Indigenous culture. The trail will be built at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Hatchery in Leavenworth.

The money for North Central Washington is part of more than 4-point-7 million dollars in grants given by the RCO. The grants were awarded to organizations in 19 counties and ranged from $12,927 to $250,000.