Chambers – Leach Creek Trail

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The City of University Place with the help of RCO purchased 16,468 sq. ft or .3781 acres of property on the west side of Leach Creek in University Place. The property was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Rinsvold by Statutory Warranty Deed following a survey and appraisal. The property was landlocked and not accessible to the Riensvolds except through adjacent property owned by the City of University Place. The property serves as riparian buffer and was needed to create a trial corridor along Leach Creek. Since the City first applied for this grant in 2008 the City has acquired three additional properties along the trail corridor, one with RCO assistance. One property remains to be acquired from a willing property owner to complete a continuous 3 mile back-country hiking trail corridor in an urban area between Puget Sound and Cirque Drive.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: University Place City of Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $6,733.24 Applicant Match: $6,784.60 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 28 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1797

Location Details

The best way to access that portion of the lot on the west side of the creek is as follows: From I-5 take exit 130 (56th Street) and proceed west to Alameda Avenue West. Drive around the roundabout and proceed south. Just before entering the Martha’s Vineyard, park on the side of the road and walk down to the creek on the east side of the road. The site is approximately 500 feet downstream. Also note, the site is just downstream from the 15-acre Leach Creek Property purchased under #10-1157.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.