NCW wildlife and recreation projects proposed —

NCW wildlife and recreation projects proposed

By K.C. Mehaffey
Wenatchee World

NCW — Fifteen projects in North Central Washington — including revitalizing Riverside Park in Cashmere, developing Hale Park in Wenatchee, and expanding the Saddle Rock trailhead — will be ranked this summer for possible funding in the next state budget.

Last week, a coalition of 280 state organizations asked Gov. Jay Inslee to support efforts to increase funds to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program from $65 million in 2013 to $97 million for the 2015 biennium budget.

The projects in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties are among 217 requests totaling $153 million, said Frances Dinger, spokeswoman for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, which represents many diverse organizations, from conservation to farming and hunting.

Dinger said this summer, the Recreation and Conservation Office will rank projects, and some will get dropped off the list.

The funding requests in Chelan and Douglas counties and the entities making those proposals are:

Cashmere’s Riverside Park Revitalization Project: City of Cashmere requested $229,925 to finish Riverside Park with a skate park, restrooms, parking, educational learning structures and water access.

Hale Park: The city of Wenatchee requested $300,000 to develop the 5-acre park, skate plaza and play area along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail near the Pipeline Pedestrian Bridge.

Saddle Rock Outdoor Education and Access: The city of Wenatchee asked for $537,760 to expand the trailhead for Saddle Rock and improve over two miles of trail.

Sage Hills Gateway Acquisition: The city of Wenatchee requested $510,000 to add a trailhead and protect public access to the Wenatchee Foothills trail system.

Mid Columbia/Grand Coulee: The Department of Fish and Wildlife requested $4 million to secure public access and protect 8,000 acres of mule deer and sage grouse habitat in Douglas County on the south shore of the Columbia River.

Sage Grouse Habitat Acquisition: In Deep Creek: The Foster Creek Conservation District requested $292,826 to buy a conservation easement to protect sage grouse habitat near Leahy Junction.

Nine other funding requests were made in Okanogan County by the Okanogan Land Trust, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the town of Twisp.

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