Greenway 4 miles closer to Naches; 2 miles to go —

Greenway 4 miles closer to Naches; 2 miles to go

By Pat Muir
Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — A $1.6 million, 4-mile section of a trail that will eventually link the Yakima Greenway to Naches is expected to be completed by early spring.

About 95 percent of the asphalt has been poured, two trailhead restrooms have been installed and about 75 percent of the required fencing is in place, said Al Brown, executive director of the Yakima Greenway Foundation. The only hold-up is that construction had to stop because of the cold.

“We’re kind of in a winter slowdown right now,” he said.

After that section is complete, the final 2 miles of the connection, a project in line for an $815,000 state grant, could be done as early as 2016. That just depends on how quickly the Legislature passes its Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program budget, which based on the program’s priorities is almost certain to include the funding. The Greenway Foundation will need to raise an additional $815,000 in matching funds.

“I have faith in the community,” Brown said. “They’ve shown they want it. They’re using the parts that are there already.”

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