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.
The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to renovate, rebuild, or replace portions of a floating boardwalk trail system on Foster Island in Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum. The City also will retrofit the floating walkway for safety and for people with disabilities. The new elevated boardwalk will reduce the trail footprint, prevent damage from people walking through the wetland, and better connect visitors with the habitats they are experiencing. The site includes marsh and shoreline areas that support priority species (western pond turtle, bald eagle, Chinook Salmon). The boardwalk is the only passage over the largest wetland in Seattle and is a key link in a larger trail network. With unparalleled views, it is frequented by bird watchers, wildlife photographers, schools, and college classes. The trail connects the arboretum with transit hubs and links two parts of the University of Washington Botanical Gardens by connecting Union Bay Natural Area with the arboretum. Seattle will contribute $475,000 in cash and a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.