Cantwell Announces $520K in New Federal Funding for Outdoor Recreation in Wenatchee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that Wenatchee will receive $520,600 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for renovations at Lincoln Park. The city will apply these federal funds toward a $1.5 million project to replace obsolete playground equipment with a new playground and water spray feature, replace the stage with an outdoor amphitheater, build a new BMX track and picnic shelter, renovate parking and walkways, and install new landscaping. 

The LWCF is our country’s most successful conservation program and helps support Washington state’s robust outdoor recreation economy, which is responsible for 201,000 direct jobs, $26.2 billion in annual consumer spending, and $7.6 billion in wages and salaries. Since its creation, LWCF has supported more than 600 projects in Washington state, including popular recreation sites such as Olympic National Park, Lake Chelan, and Riverside State Park. Thousands of Washingtonians have benefited from access to trails and outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as clean air and water preservation, which would not have been possible without the conservation funding provided by LWCF. 

Senator Cantwell has long been a leading congressional champion of the LWCF. Earlier this year, President Trump signed Cantwell’s bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the LWCF into law. She has also introduced bipartisan legislation to make LWCF funding mandatory and ensure this critical program receives the full $900 million authorized to it each year.