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 Snohomish County Centennial Trail – Arlington North adds nine miles of developed 12-foot paved multipurpose non-motorized recreational trail and a parallel 6-foot soft surface equestrian trail on County-owned abandoned railroad right-of-way north from City of Arlington to Skagit County. This adds to a 7-mile completed trail section between City of Snohomish and City of Lake Stevens and a 10-mile trail section between City of Lake Stevens and City of Arlington. Planning/Engineering for the Arlington North section was completed and the project successfully completed the permit process. The trail was master planned with the assistance of the Snohomish County Trail Coalition in 1996, is supported by the Cities of Arlington and Lake Stevens, local chambers of commerce, equestrians and bike organizations. The trail crosses the Stilliguamish River north of City of Arlington, provides linkage with the Whitehorse Trail, continues past Bryant Lake through the historic Town of Bryant, crosses Pilchuck Creek over a 280 ft. bridge at the ruins of the historic Town of Pilchuck, and heads through forested rural areas to a 100-acre trailhead property at the Skagit County line, connecting with Skagit County’s Centennial Trail. The health, recreational, and environmental benefits of non-motorized trails are well documented. Snohomish County has recognized those benefits and prioritized Centennial Trail construction in its Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plan, its Capital Facilities Plan and Capital Improvements Plan. The trail crosses Pilchuck Creek where a new bridge has to be built. One of the existing piers was restored due to some scouring. Close to this bridge, there was also a bank failure. Cribwall was built to protect the trail. The project is finally completed and accepted by the County.