Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.
This month’s featured project is the Cushman Trail 14th Ave to 24th St NW located on the ancestral lands of the Puyallup and Coast Salish People. The Peninsula Metropolitan Park District will use this grant to extend the Cushman Trail by a half mile. The Cushman Powerline Trail (aka Cushman Trail) follows a portion of the Tacoma Public Utilities’ Potlatch transmission line from Lake Cushman on the western edge of the Olympic Mountains across the Narrows to Tacoma. The currently developed portion of the trail runs 6.2 miles from 14th Ave, just south of the City of Gig Harbor, to the northern edge of the city. This project will extend the trail further south, toward the Narrows Bridge, from 14th Ave NW to 24th St NW along the west side of the future PenMet Community Recreation Center connecting the Scott Pierson Trail which takes you over the Tacoma Narrows bridge to the current Cushman Trailhead. The primary recreation opportunities provided by this project will include non-motorized trail uses such as cycling, walking, jogging, and skating. This project was funded in the 2021-2023 capital budget and is currently in progress with a completion date of June 2023.