State grants provide matching funds for two Foothills projects
WENATCHEE — A new state budget includes nearly $1 million for two Wenatchee Foothills projects.
The two projects — Saddle Rock Gateway and Outdoor Learning Center, and the Sage Hills Gateway are funded in a capital budget signed Tuesday. Money for the projects will come from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
The projects were ranked at the top of their respective categories and received funding that will cover 50 percent of their costs. The Chelan Douglas Land Trust is seeking donations and other grants to complete funding for the two projects.
<> Saddle Rock Gateway and Outdoor Learning Center: A grant of $480,648 for trailhead improvements and an outdoor learning center at the city of Wenatchee’s Saddle Rock Natural Area Park. Once remaining funding is secured, the city will develop parking, restrooms, a picnic shelter and an outdoor classroom at the base of the trail.
<> Sage Hills Gateway: Up to $510,000 for the purchase of the Lester property as a permanent gateway to the Foothills Trail. The Lester family has allowed public use their 105-acre property off of Fifth Street for access to the trail for several years, said Bob Bugert, land trust executive director. The grant will help the land trust buy the land, which had the potential to be developed for 28 homes, he said.
To contribute to the projects or get more information, call the Land Trust at 667-9708, or go to cdlandtrust.org.