Cantwell Announces More than $1.8M in New Federal Outdoor Recreation, Conservation Funding for Cities in Snohomish County

Grants will go to Edmonds, Lynnwood, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that four cities in Snohomish County will receive a total of $1,801,500 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for outdoor recreation and conservation projects. 

The money will help fund projects in each of the four communities:

  • Lynnwood will receive $520,600 for improvements at South Lynnwood Park. Those include renovations on the tennis courts, restroom, pathways, trails, and stream buffer. The funding will also help build a new playground, picnic shelter, ADA parking, and a bike station. 
  • Monroe will receive $520,600 to help acquire 43 acres of land along the Skykomish River to establish the East Monroe Heritage Site, which will make the undeveloped land available for wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation, as well as provide critical salmon habitat. 
  • Edmonds will receive $500,000 for work at Downtown Civic Park, including tearing down existing obsolete facilities and replacing them with athletic fields, sports courts, a fitness trail, walkways, areas for picnics, restrooms, a playground, and a skate park. The money will also help with landscaping and general improvements to the park. 
  • Mountlake Terrace will receive $260,300 to install a universally accessible playground, including surfacing, at Ballinger Park. 

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, the 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 and clean air and water preservation, which would not have been possible without the conservation funding provided by the 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 to ensure this critical program receives the full $900 million authorized to it each year.