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.
Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services will this grant to develop a 2.5-mile trail from Kobayashi Park near the confluence of Chambers, Leach, and Flett Creeks west to Chambers Creek estuary. The trail will give visitors a unique backcountry experience in the middle of a dense urban setting. Pierce County will build 1.2 miles of the proposed trail, including a 140-foot pedestrian bridge, a small footbridge across Peach Creek, a one-third mile long boardwalk, and a trailhead on the Lakewood side of the canyon. These enhancements will connect and improve existing trail segments on either side of the canyon. Lack of formal trails within the canyon has resulted in numerous volunteer paths, which threaten the integrity and stability of the steep canyon slopes and the health of wildlife habitat. Lack of a bridge causes damage to the salmon spawning gravel in Chambers Creek. A clearly defined trail will provide access for users while protecting and preserving the canyon’s sensitive areas. Pierce County will contribute $709,000 in cash, park impact fees, and donations of cash and labor.