Grants for Sam Benn Park, Willapa Bay recommended

The state Recreation Conservation Office has recommended the city of Aberdeen receive a grant to improve Sam Benn Park and for the state Department of Fish & Wildlife to improve access to north Willapa Bay.

Both grants must still be approved by the state Legislature next year.

The Aberdeen Parks Department would receive $112,743 to fix the Sam Benn Park tennis courts and develop a picnic area with accessible sidewalks.

The tennis courts will have approximately 400 lineal feet of cracks repaired, several low areas filled and will be completely resurfaced, according to a project description. Spectator seating will be added as well as a new block wall to support the hill side.

The state Department of Fish & Wildlife would receive $309,000 for two parking lots at Cedar River and Hawks Point along north Willapa Bay.

The .8 mile Hawks Point Bluff Trail will utilize an overgrown logging road and will terminate at a majestic bluff viewpoint overlooking the Willapa Bay, according to a project description. The .2 mile Bay Access Trail will provide secluded beach access for a variety of recreational opportunities.

It’s still not clear if the projects will receive funding from the Legislature. A press release from the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition noted that only half of the funding equests were funded last year.