State awards city $196,000 grant to finish link in Big Gulch trail —

State awards city $196,000 grant to finish link in Big Gulch trail

Mukilteo Beacon

The city of Mukilteo was recently awarded nearly $196,000 in grant funds to finish the final link of the Big Gulch recreational trail from the state Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

“We hare very happy to get awarded the grant to finish up the last portion of the trail system in Big Gulch,” said Mayor Joe Marine. “WWRP funds will allow us to move forward with projects that will greatly benefit our citizens by affording them more access to the open space we have in Mukilteo.”

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program is a state grant program funded from the capital construction budget that provides funding to protect habitat, preserve working farms and creates new local and state parks.

The state Legislature approved $42 million in grants, which funds more than 55 projects statewide. Projects funded by the WWRP will save hundreds of acres of land for outdoor recreation and wildlife habitat. The total for the Big Gulch Trail – Gap Area grant is $195,601.

“I am grateful to city staff for their hard work on the grant application and to the Snohomish County legislative delegation for their leadership in investing in the future of our city and our state,” Marine said.

A complete list of projects funded through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program was released last month.

The projects were funded after legislators reached across party lines during the 2011 session to save the WWRP and the conservation projects the program funds in communities around the state.  The WWRP was on the chopping block due to the state’s projected budget deficit of $5.1 billion.

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